South Park’s latest special has taken an even naughtier turn – and viewers have declared the episode uncomfortably close to the real life world of online influencing.
South Park: Not Suitable for Children, which aired on Wednesday, addresses the world of online pornography on OnlyFans, and the bigger issues caused by social media which is often directed at children.
The episode mocked the reactions surrounding OnlyFans, the online subscription service used by many adult content creators, as well as how susceptible children are to the effects of influencers.
It also commented on the products peddled towards children, using hydration drink called Cred – an apparent dig at the Prime energy drinks founded by YouTube stars Logan Paul and KSI – as the product the school kids were going wild for.
Many have commented on the show’s likeness to the real world of influencing – and the how online platforms specifically target children.
South Park: Not Suitable for Children, is an episode that makes fun of OnlyFans , the adult online subscription service used by many adult content creators
The episode will highlight the parents’ concern after a certain teacher’s online presence is discovered, which is apparently ‘not suitable for children’
‘I thought it was really funny throughout, they balanced commentary with wonderful, stupid ass South Park humor very well,’ one commenter wrote on the South Park Reddit thread about the episode.
‘I hope it picks up steam and people find out about it despite the lack of promo, because I think it’s really funny and that a lot of parents need to see it,’ they added.
Other users commented on how apt the kid’s obsession with Logan Paul’s energy drink, Prime, was in the episode.
‘If you’ve seen how some really kids want Prime brand drinks, you might feel a little different. My friend’s kindergarten age kid begs for them all the time,’ one user commented on the thread.
‘I love it when Matt and Trey take a hard stance, or when an episode makes me reflect on the state of our society,’ another wrote. ‘They don’t assert their opinions forcefully very often, but when they do, it’s pretty great.’
Others praised the special’s realistic portrayal – despite the many cartoon penises they saw.
‘Spoiler It’s pretty much all penises,’ one viewer watched.
‘Wow. They gave us the warning at the beginning of the special, but I was not expecting it to be out for pretty much the entire episode. Fun time overall, I’d say,’ agreed another.
A teaser for the episode dropped on Wednesday following its premiere, showing irate parents up in arms over the OnlyFans discovery
Many viewers commented on how apt the kid’s obsession with energy drink was in the episode
The episode was based around the parents’ concern after a certain teacher’s online presence is discovered, which is apparently ‘not suitable for children,’ as well the general influencer culture.
The official synopsis for the special, steaming on Paramount+, reads: ‘After it’s discovered that a teacher at South Park Elementary has an OnlyFans page, Randy is compelled to take a closer look at the seedy underbelly of the world of on-line influencers.’
A teaser for the episode dropped on Wednesday, showing irate parents up in arms over the OnlyFans discovery.
It shows Mr Skinner rushing into the classroom, concerned after finding the page and the parents of South Park meeting to discuss it.
‘We’re talking about someone who influences our children,’ the parents shout, adding: ‘This isn’t just softcore porn tube we’re talking about here!’
It’s the sixth South Park special to air, with others including: South Park: Post Covid, South Park: Post Covid: The Return of Covid, South Park: The Streaming Wars, South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 2 and South Park: Joining the Panderverse.
The episode aired internationally on December 21 in the U.K., Australia, Latin America, Brazil, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and will debut in Italy on December 23.
Other specials aired by the cartoon series, poked fun at political and social matters.
The episode is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the stories of teachers living double lives as both educators and OnlyFans creators, and who have been pressured to quit when their profiles were discovered.
In November, teacher-turned-OnlyFans-creator-Allie Dawson received a letter from the education commission, which stated that a vote had been made with a recommendation that the 29-year-old get a ‘reprimand’ for the explicit content shared online.
The document also stated that an ‘anonymous email’ had been sent to the principal regarding Allie posting photos of herself in lingerie, among other claims.
In September, Brianna Coppage, 28, was put on leave from St Clair High School in Missouri after administrators received a report an employee ‘may have posted inappropriate media on one or more internet sites’.
The synopsis explains: ‘Randy is compelled to take a closer look at the seedy underbelly of the world of online influencers’ after the page is discovered
In February, South Park took aim at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in an episode depicting the Prince and Princess of Canada – a young royal couple who loudly beg for privacy while drawing attention to themselves
A recent special called Joining the Panderverse, aired on Paramount+ in October, lobbing satirical grenades at the Hollywood film studios over their politically-correct casting.
In February, South Park took aim at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in an episode depicting the Prince and Princess of Canada – a young royal couple who loudly beg for privacy while drawing attention to themselves.
The red-headed prince and his wife, who wears the same dusty pink outfit that Meghan donned for Trooping the Color in 2018, along with a near-identical white hat that sits askew on her head, are seen promoting the prince’s book – Waaagh – the cover of which strongly resembles Harry’s memoir Spare.
They storm off during a TV show after being challenged about their motives, before moving to South Park, with the princess declaring: ‘If we moved here, people would think we’re really serious about wanting to be normal.’
Show creators and writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone said they’ve had many complaints over their 26 years of writing for the Comedy Central show.
The pair appeared on the Basic! podcast in March to discuss their many criticisms after the scathing episode, which laid into Meghan and Harry, which is rumored to have upset the royal pair.
However, Parker and Stone said they’re no stranger to lawsuits, and aren’t frightened by them.
The pair opened up on the controversial history of the show, with much of their work leading to legal action.
They told the hosts of Basic! Doug Herzog and Jen Chaney that ‘there are so many moments we can’t even remember’ when it came to criticism of their animated series.
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