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New 'South Park' references death of Osama bin Laden

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Boy, those guys are good: Just three days after President Obama announced to the nation that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan, Trey Parker and Matt Stone managed to work a reference to the event into Wednesday night’s new episode of South Park. Poking fun at Comedy Central’s recent Comedy Awards, Jimmy and other special ed students hold an awards ceremony celebrating the world’s funniest (Ben Stiller, Jimmy himself, and Tyler Perry were award winners – the latter winning the Kathy Griffin Award, given to the celebrity most likely to show up). It goes awry, however, when the Germans get wind that they’ve been labeled the least funny people in the world. (SPOILERS AHEAD)

In retaliation, the Germans create Funnybot, a piece of technology who ends up taking jobs from Hollywood’s funniest people with his jabs targeted at Bryant Gumbel and various parts of human genitalia. (Sorry, I still like Zingbot better.) Problem is, Funnybot literally kills onstage, murdering an entire audience after a monologue one night. One of the most fun parts about watching South Park is slowly piecing together its seemingly inane and ridiculous plot points and realizing that its creators are actually delivering a well-thought-out and relevant statement. Last night’s episode’s first reference to current events appeared to happen here – a news crew covering Funnybot’s massacre noted that the robot began “spontaneously shooting people in their faces and in their chests. The blood went flying, and, oh s— it was funny!” (I can’t be the only one thinking South Park is referencing what some felt was excess celebration in the country over the death of bin Laden, who was reportedly shot in the face and the chest.)

In the end, Jimmy and the boys end up stopping Funnybot from destroying the world by presenting him with a paradox (a comedy award, something that gives serious validation to something that shouldn't be taken seriously) -- but not before President Obama, addressing the U.S. from the now-famous podium where he delivered his bin Laden speech, said he'd spend his final minutes on the Earth with his loved ones "watching a Tyler Perry movie. I know, it's embarrassing. But I simply can't help myself." And after Jimmy and the others bury underground the episode's real villain -- Perry, apparently -- South Park's Obama tells all: "I am pleased to announce that the greatest threat to mankind has now gone forever. Justice has been done." Sorry, Matt and Trey -- another Madea movie is all too likely.

Personally, I’m just glad this one didn’t involve a HUMANCENTiPAD. Did you dig tonight’s episode, PopWatchers? Impressed about how quickly South Park’s creators can work?

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Originally posted May 4 2011 — 11:02 PM EDT

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