‘South Park’ Skewers Cable Companies, ‘Murder Porn’ TV

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Time Warner Cable, Investigation Discovery may not find this episode funny

There may be an angry voice mail or three this morning at Comedy Central from some of its fellow media companies after last night’s episode of “South Park.”

The animated satire went to town on a number of well-known brands who may not be laughing along with the audience.

First among them is Discovery Networks, which probably won’t be happy to see the depiction of a cable channel called Discovery ID being repeatedly characterized as a source of “murder porn,” what the show’s kiddie characters call the endless series  featuring real-life depictions of spousal homicides. Discovery ID, of course, bears a striking resemblance to Investigation Discovery, a channel that just happens to have a full roster of those shows.

Then there’s Time Warner Cable, which isn’t actually referenced in the episode by name but the logos on the shirts of the sadomasochistic cable-company employees depicted in the episodes sure look familiar. Those shirts are also drawn to have flaps that descend to reveal the employee’s nipples, which they rub ecstatically as various “South Park” characters complain to them about everything from the inability to pick cable channels a la carte to the incredibly long waiting times for service repair.

Those are just two of the biggest targets in a media-soaked episode that references everything from videogame ‘Minecraft’ to Jaden Smith.  It’s far from the first time Matt Stone and Trey Parker have taken on media-business targets, but let’s hope they at least gave the affiliate relations team at Comedy Central parent company a heads up to expect some flak.

Watch the full episode at SouthParkStudios.com

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  1. Jeff says:

    Notch, the creator of Minecraft, actually liked the episode. I think most companies are probably laughing, kinda like how people laugh when there friend jokingly insults them. Don’t make assumptions when an article. Assumptions are like opinions, and belong in editorials.

  2. Its A'Secret says:

    You do realise that they are using these companies as examples to show that modern television is increasingly sexualizing murder?! South Park doesn’t just go on for no reason!

  3. Enrique Cartman says:

    HOLA! Blanco Gringo Kombocast Kable…. No, gracias senor!

  4. Honesty Kills says:

    First of all they have it wrong. It’s not really Investigation Discovery! It’s the contract companies that pick the stories and execute them!!! Specifically talking about Sirens Media. Discovery is just the broadcaster!

    I worked for them, they not only have lack of ethics in how they pick their stories, but also how they execute them. In office people laugh about both victims and the culprits making jokes. Once this guy who had a gun wound in the head was being made fun of (mainly intelligence) in the office due to his slow responses to emails! The whole time I was thinink “maybe he has better things to do than follow up with this horrible show”

    Also once there were family members of a loved one who didn’t want to participate in an episode because their dead brother meant to much for them and it was too soon. Also the dead person wouldn’t have wanted to participate. This company goes behind their backs and makes another episode and finds legal loop holes. I’m talking about the Jodi Arias episode about to be released! Lack of ethics!

    Also the way they treat others, have unbalance in paychecks and compensation (breaking EEOC laws) and also have a bias hierarchy in the ranks! TALK TO ME AND I”LL TELL YOU ALL THE DETAILS!!!

  5. Justin says:

    One of the scenes actually has Time Warner cable in it.. its just for a split second but it is on the employees shirt while they rub nipples

  6. Juan Nudelbaum says:

    I didn’t recognize the logos on the shirts and assumed they were satirizing Comcast cable who have exactly the same policies and are just as hard to deal with. The problem is whatever cable company you’re dealing with, they usually have a monopoly and you have no other choice and they know that. And then they start rubbing their nipples like that just because they get off on annoying you. Don’t you hate that?

  7. Was this an episode of great brilliance or what???? I swear, I never laughed harder!!

  8. Peter says:

    Get a life. It’s litigious-minded douche nozzles like you that help make tv plain and shitty. Southpark wins Peabodys for pointing out things like this.

  9. Actually, the brilliant thing is that, for a few frames, Time Warner Cable shows up on the employee’s shirt!

  10. Absurdist says:

    The confrontation the kids have with the cable company have a bit of an echo of “Fun with the PTC,” as well; the call for a la carte cable subscriptions came from the PTC’s reaction to the school shooting on “Sons of Anarchy.”

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