Writer doesn’t watch South Park, then writes about the episode he doesn’t watch

Here’s the thing. The writer, Brennan Carley, wrote this article about how South Park made Lorde look like a middle-aged man. That man was Randy Marsh. The writer said that in the episode, South Park did this to make fun of Lorde’s appearance.

I watched the episode last night. None of that is true. Carley, however, writes it as if it were true.

In context, the boys were trying to get Lorde to perform at their party because Randy knows her uncle. When they were unable to do it, Randy stepped in as Lorde to help save the party. None of this was to make fun of Lorde. It was just a throwaway joke to further their story.

But Carley would tell you otherwise. Instead, he tells you something completely different. Something that didn’t even happen in the episode. And in the article, he suggests that you skip all the way to the appearance or Randy as Lorde, not watch any of the episode that builds up that appearance and explains it. The writer even tells you not to watch the entire episode. The same thing he must not have done himself.

As much as I like Spin, how can they allow a writer to write about something that happened in an episode when it’s very clear the writer didn’t even watch it? You can’t base an article off one screencap.

Don’t lie to us. You didn’t know.

Here’s the original article in its entirety.

‘South Park’ Apparently Thinks Lorde Is a Middle-Aged Man
October 2 2014, 11:00 AM ET

South Park has never hesitated to take the piss out of celebrities who deserve to get a firm knuckle-rapping, but has Lorde ever really done anything all that worthy of drawing the cartoon creators’ ire?

Apparently, Trey Parker and Matt Stone seem to think so, which is why in last night’s “Gluten Free Ebola” episode of the long-running comedy, the middle-aged Randy Marsh character — who it should be noted, to put this in the utmost context, is an adult man — was revealed to be moonlighting as the “Royals” singer in his spare time.

The thing is, for a joke on a show like South Park to totally land, it has to be something the audience can get behind, like the justified takedown of someone’s ego, as the show famously did to Kanye West. Lorde is 17, though, and by all accounts — acceptance speeches and otherwise — seems to be pretty humble, so, cool joke guys? Watch the entire episode below, and fast forward to the 21:00 minute mark to see the “Yellow Flicker Beat” singer’s “cameo.”

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EDIT: 1:08PM

They’ve edited the second paragraph. Doesn’t hide the fact that the writer got it all wrong.

Apparently, Trey Parker and Matt Stone seem to think so, which is why in last night’s “Gluten Free Ebola” episode of the long-running comedy, the middle-aged Randy Marsh character — who it should be noted, to put this in the utmost context, is an adult man — was revealed to work with Lorde’s uncle. When Lorde couldn’t be booked for a concert, Marsh picked up the mantle.

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3 responses to “Writer doesn’t watch South Park, then writes about the episode he doesn’t watch

  1. Parabolateralus

    Gotta love the last-minute attempt to save face…

  2. Pingback: South Park returns the favor and mocks SPIN magazine, Brennan Carley for their Lorde article | Write a blog on a log, Sam I am

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