They’ve gone after Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson but now the guys behind South Park are facing real anger for “poking” fun at freshly-dead reality TV martyr Steve Irwin and sending him to Hell– with the stingray barb still poking out of his chest.
South Park satirists Trey Parker and Matt Stone have gone after Irwin before. Back in 1999, showed him terrorizing animals before being hired by the government to track down an ice man.
But they really went and done it this week. The latest episode is causing real outrage on Comedy Central’s South Park message board, and phony outrage in British and Australian newspapers that will spread through American talk radio today now that the story’s hit The Drudge Report (that’s where most of those talkers get their topics).
So what’s the big deal? We’ll save the spoiler details for after the jump:The Hell On Earth 2006 episode shows Satan hosting a Halloween party, with hundreds of celebrities, including Princess Di, Notorious B.I.G., and Adolph Hitler. Satan gets complaints from his guests that someone is dressed up as Irwin. Irwin then tries to convince Satan it’s really him.
The “controversy” is being trumped up in the British papers, where they get worked up over this kind of thing, and in Australia, where Steve Irwin really wasn’t half as popular as he remains over here. They’re less worked up over Irwin being in Hell, than by the “stingray still being attached to Irwin’s bloodstained trademark khaki shirt.
“Grossly insensitive?” “Bad taste?” “Unacceptable?” as a British broadcasting watchdog declared? Or just plain funny?
And in a related story that only soundslike a parody, Irwin’s daughter, Bindi, who had been all set to jump right into a new TV series, announced yesterday she’s launching her first DVD, Bindi Kidfitness, next month, featuring singing and dancing by Bindi and her sidekicks, the Crocmen–and an appearance by her dad.