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South Park on Internet Stars. Meh.

While the subject of Internet fame seems like ripe material for the South Park guys to ravage, the result is surprisingly bland. On last night’s show they took shots at Tay Zonday, Chris Crocker, Numa Numa kid, Star Wars kid, and a bunch of other web video superstars. But given how quickly web trends come and go, the bit seems … old and lacks South Park‘s trademark ascerbic wit and insight.As Silicon Alley Insider points out, the video is available both through the newly-launched South Park Studios and on YouTube, which is being sued by South Park overlords Viacom for a billion dollars. The YouTube clip (at least this copy of it) only had 206 plays on it as of this morning, while the official clip had 2,568 views. That’s 2,568 monetized views. Suddenly keeping your copyrighted video off the sharing site doesn’t seem like such a dumb idea (from a money-grubbing, corporate perspective).

While the South Park clip marks some kind of pop culture crossover achievement for web video, I still think Dan Meth’s Internet People is a better play on Internet fame (it even includes the South Park kids).

13 Responses to “South Park on Internet Stars. Meh.”

  1. this wrtier is an idiot. the whole point of the episode was about the WGA and how the internet can’t guarantee money. and how was it bland? they had a bunch of viral people kill each other. this episode was wway better than the first 3 episodes.

    and jow if you don’t watch south park then stfu. you don’t know what you’re talking about and south park began before 1998. it didn’t start on the internet idiot.

  2. Where to begin. First of all there was chaos and confusion this morning on Tay’s channel. I was forced to watch that whole show twice to convince myself that there was no way Tay would have consented to the use of his image. That wasn’t his voice either. It was crude, violent and yes funny. But it’s a shame that those South Park hypocrites are making money when the YouTubers whose images were used aren’t and several clips of the show were immediately pulled from YouTube by Viacom. I don’t watch the show, but is it true that South Park started on the internet??

  3. I thought it was hilarious. And if you watch the whole episode, it actually does get quite a bit more South Park-ish, particularly when Tay Zonday’s head explodes. :) And I think your point above about “monetized views” fits right in with the overall theme. Ahh, I love me some South Park.

  4. Chris Albrecht

    Man, being Canadian would be fun. All that sweet health care. But I digress

    The episode itself was fine (the “WGA” acronym was a nice touch). I just wish they could have done more with the Meme folk is all.

  5. Russell Crowe

    The episode wasn’t about these internet memes, it was about the writers strike. Matt and Trey were the first creators of a TV show to get future internet rights. It probably was the cause of the WGA strike. They were basically gloating about it and also showing how striking for so long was dumb because the most popular people making internet media aren’t making much money. Then again, I bet Chris Albrecht is Canadian.