Video: South Park mocks Irwin’s death in ‘hell on earth’ party

posted at 12:48 pm on October 27, 2006 by Ian


Steve Irwin, the late Crocodile hunter, was seen wearing a stingray “costume” on Wednesday’s episode of South Park. In the episode, Satan confronted Irwin about his outfit, he was eventually kicked out for not being dressed up in a real costume.

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He’s drinking a Corona? Bleah.

CUS on October 27, 2006 at 12:50 PM

Do you really expect SouthPark, the originator of Mr. Hanky, to have good taste????

Gotta admit… I laughed though…

Romeo13 on October 27, 2006 at 12:58 PM

Yeah, it’s in bad taste. He was a decent man. What is the purpose of mocking his tragic death except to piss off a lot of people. And is that what South Park needs? Cheap shots for cheap publicity?

EF on October 27, 2006 at 1:00 PM

I guess that’s why they think he’s in Hell, CUS.

Mr. Bingley on October 27, 2006 at 1:01 PM

I was more offended by Jack being in the background.

Limerick on October 27, 2006 at 1:01 PM

yeah. bad taste. but what on South Park isn’t??

pullingmyhairout on October 27, 2006 at 1:02 PM

Yeah, it’s in bad taste. He was a decent man. What is the purpose of mocking his tragic death except to piss off a lot of people. And is that what South Park needs? Cheap shots for cheap publicity?

Oh, come on. This is South Park we’re talking about. Their whole schtick is cheap laffs. They’ve mocked Irwin before, even.

Farmer_Joe on October 27, 2006 at 1:02 PM

They’ve mocked Irwin before, even.

yeah, but he was alive then. because he’s dead and died tragically, it’s in extremely poor taste, even for South Park standards.

just my two cents.

pullingmyhairout on October 27, 2006 at 1:08 PM

Crap. They just made my Halloween costume seem like it was inspired by their callousness instead of my own.

tine on October 27, 2006 at 1:08 PM

South Park tries to offend someone each episode. Its what they do. Sometimes its funny, or like this episode, it sucked. Is it really front page news? Nope.

lorien1973 on October 27, 2006 at 1:08 PM

but lorien1973, Steve Irwin wasn’t just some stupid politician who deserves to be mocked. he was a decent guy who brought conservationism to the forefront.

pullingmyhairout on October 27, 2006 at 1:10 PM

Bad taste is pretty subjective. Some people are going to be offended, some people are going to find it hilarious. South Park never holds back(unless CC censors them)and that’s makes it one of the best shows on TV.

The idea the entire joke is about the fact that it is too soon to joke is genius. Reminds me of the episode where they declare it is offically okay to joke about AIDS.

JaHerer22 on October 27, 2006 at 1:10 PM

In episodes of hell in South Park, they show pretty much every dead famous person there (I remember seeing Gene Siskel depicted soon after he died).

Only Mormons go to Heaven :P

frankj on October 27, 2006 at 1:18 PM

but lorien1973, Steve Irwin wasn’t just some stupid politician who deserves to be mocked. he was a decent guy who brought conservationism to the forefront.

Yes, I understand who Irwin is (and I thought it was in bad taste). My point simply is, that this is what South Park does, and has always done. South Park makes the point that if you can’t mock everything, you can’t mock anything. This is part of it. It’s just not a big deal, that’s all.

lorien1973 on October 27, 2006 at 1:18 PM

I don’t think they were mocking him at all. And even when they showed him before, it didn’t seem like they were making fun of him.

The only thing I could find to be offended by is that he was in hell, but then again, so were so many people that it didn’t seem offensive at all.

The idea the entire joke is about the fact that it is too soon to joke is genius. Reminds me of the episode where they declare it is offically okay to joke about AIDS.

Exactly. I mean Satan was asking him to leave because it was offending the other people who were there. It was, I thought, hilarious.

But I suppose that’s just because I didn’t see how it could possibly have been mocking him.

Esthier on October 27, 2006 at 1:18 PM

I would be extrememly disappointed if we started to act like a bunch of overly sensitive LIBERALS about this.

I mean, really, why don’t we start looking for RACISM in this cartoon?

Think about it. Steve is white. The stingray is black. Don’t you get it? Don’t you hear the jungle drums in the background. CAN’T YOU SEE THE RACISM IN THIS CARTOON??//!!11!!

Please. Let’s leave the quivering moral outrage for the otherside to freakout over.

EFG on October 27, 2006 at 1:19 PM

I watched the whole episode last night.

I LOVE South Park… and that was a lame episode. The only saving grace was Butters was great as always.

Otherwise, were they making fun of Brittany Spears with Satan’s outfit? Who is Brittany Spears? Has anyone ever heard of her in a long time… particularly wearing a Catholic school girl outfit?

I can’t remember much about the episode which is a bad sign. Boring.

Irwin? That joke bombed too. If ever there was someone who is universally seen as a nice guy and a decent man, it’s him.

And the Catholic priests leading around young naked boys on a leash with the full support of their fellow priests is getting kind of old. It’s not accurate and it never was.

Christoph on October 27, 2006 at 1:19 PM

Remember, in South Park, only Mormons go to Heaven, and it sucks up there.

BohicaTwentyTwo on October 27, 2006 at 1:20 PM

Only Mormons go to Heaven :P

That’s true. And God’s a giant ugly rat.

Esthier on October 27, 2006 at 1:21 PM

Otherwise, were they making fun of Brittany Spears with Satan’s outfit?

I thought that was mostly to make fun of Satan and build up the image as him being a spoiled rich girl.

Esthier on October 27, 2006 at 1:22 PM

Christoph, have you ever watched that Sweet 16 show they were mockig?

DaveS on October 27, 2006 at 1:23 PM

EFG said:

I would be extrememly disappointed if we started to act like a bunch of overly sensitive LIBERALS about this.

I mean, come on folks, it’s Southpark. They’ve always been irreverent. It’s a freakin cartoon for crying out loud.

I’m with EFG. As I know we’re all big freedom of speech advocates, let’s not go too overboard here.

Besides, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

BacaDog on October 27, 2006 at 1:25 PM

Christoph, have you ever watched that Sweet 16 show they were mockig?

Though if you haven’t, I wouldn’t recommend watching it now. It’ll just make you want to punch a rich girl.

Esthier on October 27, 2006 at 1:28 PM

I think it was hilarious…who isn’t in hell according to Southpark! Remember, the Mormons are the ones that had it right…the Mormons…gotta know the mythology of the show, so it’s only fitting Ghandi, Princess Di, Steve Irwin, were all there…

Still damn funny, but my sense of humor is dark anyways (where’s a baby to kick…)

StoutRepublican on October 27, 2006 at 1:32 PM

I was pissed cause they didnt show Chef, who also recently died. He should have been at the party, perhaps even a high ranking minion in Hell.

BelchSpeak on October 27, 2006 at 1:33 PM

I watched the episode last night and didn’t like the Steve Irwin scene, but being a long-time SP fan I’m used to it. They go after everyone and everything so nothing is sacred. Sometimes it’s a hit, sometimes it’s a miss, but people will always disagree on those points. What really strikes me in all of this is the comments Comedy Central released regarding the episode:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=412911&in_page_id=1773

South Park maker Comedy Central defended the episode. A spokesman said: “It has offended people in the past and probably will again. Regular watchers would not be shocked.”

Showing a guy that died just a short time ago at a party for Satan (including attached stingray) is fine with Comedy Central but showing an image of Mohammed isn’t?

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/004982.htm

So offending the family and fans of Steve Irwin weeks after his death is not only acceptible, it’s expected. Offending Muslims however…

Grunt2Jag on October 27, 2006 at 1:34 PM

Parker and Stone anticipated this, it would be hard not to. In the show it is the devil himself who is offended by the Irwin costume.

So if YOU are offended, in their eyes, who does that make you like?

“Dude, it’s a little soon, you know?”

They covered a lot of ground this week. George Burns, Hitler, and Ghandi are still in Hell, now joined by Irwin. “The Three Murderers” who can’t pick up a cake. Spoiled teenage brats being equated with the devil. And so much more. If Irwin’s depiction is the only thing that got to you, they’ll have to try harder.

You’ve got a sharp eye CUS, a Corona instead of a Foster’s, THAT’S offensive!

And by the way, the party wasn’t in hell, it was in L.A.

Biggie Smalls, Biggie Smalls, Biggie… Oh man, I can’t do it!

DuffBeer on October 27, 2006 at 1:35 PM

I watched the full episode over at ScrewTube and I have to admit it was pretty darn funny!

wdlp1965 on October 27, 2006 at 1:36 PM

Heh. Yeah, was no one offended when Dahmer and the other 2 guys were portrayed like the 3 stooges, slicing and dicing their way thru the whole episode? They were eviscorating someone everytime they were on screen. That’s okay, but Irwin. I’m shocked! And appalled! Crazy world.

lorien1973 on October 27, 2006 at 1:37 PM

Spoiled teenage brats being equated with the devil.

Actually, it was Satan who realized that if he didn’t change that he’d be just like those spoiled teenage brats. So technically, the girls are worse.

Esthier on October 27, 2006 at 1:43 PM

I laughed at the Jesus/Satan boxing match so can’t object to this.

BillLalor on October 27, 2006 at 1:43 PM

Maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to the plot, but I’m pretty sure the party was in the real world and people from hell had to get there through a dimensional portal. Which is why Biggy was flying on the plane to get to the party in time. So Irwin wasn’t necessarily from hell, he was just invited to the party – could have been from heaven for all we know. I don’t think he was mocked at all in the episode in the sense that he was disparaged, I think it was just an attempt at humor that missed for most and hit for some. I got a laugh out of it because I thought it was somewhat clever, but if it had been in anyway attacking Irwin’s actions or character I wouldn’t have laughed.

What do people think about the serial killers as the three stooges? I thought that was probably the funniest aspect of the episode (not saying much as it was a fairly mediocre one) but also one I thought could backfire the most.

thelinyguy on October 27, 2006 at 1:44 PM

And you are surprised by this how?

You aren’t becoming a prude, are you?

Mazztek on October 27, 2006 at 1:44 PM

Yes, it bothers me too that they won’t offend the followers of the worldwide deathcult (presently masquerading as the Religion of Peace), but EVERYONE ELSE is fair game. Seems hypocritical to have double standards to live by.

Mahdi Al-Dajjal on October 27, 2006 at 1:46 PM

Hey Bacadog: We were asked our opinions and we gave them. You have a problem with that? Or, is only your opinion allowed? And for the record, this has nothing to do with free speech, in that no government entity is trying to stop the show.

EF on October 27, 2006 at 1:47 PM

I hear PETA is upset over the callous depiction of the poor dead stingray.

infidel4life on October 27, 2006 at 1:59 PM

EF,

Of course I don’t have a problem with anyone expressing their opinion. Get off of your high horse.

EFG made a comment and I agreed. It just seemed to me that the tone of some of the comments were headed for Liberal-style “they shouldn’t be allowed to do that” – “get em’ off of the air” kind of crap.

My free-speech analogy was geared towards us preaching free speech but acting like a damn liberal when we don’t like it.

That’s my opinion.

BacaDog on October 27, 2006 at 2:03 PM

I still laugh when Satan says, “Oh, but then, dude, no costume. Sorry, you gotta go.”

I just wasn’t expecting that, especially after he made the big deal of not wanting to offend anyone over Steve Irwin’s death.

Esthier on October 27, 2006 at 2:07 PM

@ Mahdi Al-Daijal, the creators of South Park do not have double standards in that regards. They wanted to run with the Mohammad episode, but the network did not.

As for the original post, I found it funny but that’s just me. ;)

CorinthianJest on October 27, 2006 at 2:10 PM

In the world of South Park, everyone goes to Hell except Mormons.

urbancenturion on October 27, 2006 at 2:16 PM

BacaDog: You get off your high horse. You are the one whining about free speech being impeded. How leftard can one get? And that is *my* opinion.

EF on October 27, 2006 at 2:17 PM

Showing a guy that died just a short time ago at a party for Satan (including attached stingray) is fine with Comedy Central but showing an image of Mohammed isn’t?

Actually, if you pay attention to the background of the episode, they snuck in a guest at Satan’s party who is either Mohammed, or in a Mohammed costume.

Savage on October 27, 2006 at 2:22 PM

Check out this early South Park Steve Irwin clip…

CliffHanger on October 27, 2006 at 2:28 PM

So people are outraged by a cartoon? That has so been done.

OSUDan on October 27, 2006 at 2:28 PM

Here’s a screenshot of Mohammed in South Park from Wednesday’s episode: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v390/OverThrow/mohammed.jpg

There’s a lot of other little jabs in the background of the Halloween party, including a guy dressed up like South Park’s recently nearly-killed off Chef.

Savage on October 27, 2006 at 2:28 PM

try again…

or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2tgAdqaWE0

CliffHanger on October 27, 2006 at 2:29 PM

If they’re gonna parody the deceaced, how about Rachel Corrie?

If ya don’t KNOW who that is, Rachel was a lefty who went to Israel to protest for the Pali’s and against Isreali’s knocking down terrorist safe houses and she was crushed flat by a bulldozer. Sad but true.

Well, about a year ago, a bunch of other lefties had a breakfast meeting in her honor. What did they serve ya might ask?

scroll down

scroll down some more

a little more

What did they serve?

PANCAKES!

What a bunch of morons these liberals are!

Hey Einstein! Ya don’t serve PANCAKES in honor of somebody who was crushed by a freakin’ bulldozer!

Whattaya serve at a luncheon for somebody killed in a freak woodchipper accident, ground beef tacos with shredded cheese?

Tony737 on October 27, 2006 at 2:30 PM

EF: I believe, as Republicans, we all are free speece proponents; as opposed to Liberals who like free speech until it offends them.

My point, in agreement with another post here, was let’s not be hypocritical in reaction to something someone might be offended by on Southpark.

…And don’t call me a leftard. Calling folks names instead of discussing is what they do over at KO’s.

BacaDog on October 27, 2006 at 2:31 PM

What did they serve?

PANCAKES!

wow.

Esthier on October 27, 2006 at 2:32 PM

I was more offended by Jack being in the background.

Limerick on October 27, 2006 at 1:01 PM

Jack?

Esthier on October 27, 2006 at 2:34 PM

Crikey! I loved Steve Irwin, especially what he did for/with the animals and our education thereof. However,

Please. Let’s leave the quivering moral outrage for the otherside to freakout over.

EFG on October 27, 2006 at 1:19 PM

Exactly, only Libs are against freedom of expression and complete multi-culturalism, including any opposing ideas/beliefs to theirs, and covering up for wrongdoers in the name of multi-culti.

Good old “I may not agree with what you say, but fight to the death…” you know the spiel…

Entelechy on October 27, 2006 at 2:34 PM

Here’s a screenshot of Mohammed in South Park from Wednesday’s episode: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v390/OverThrow/mohammed.jpg

I’m not sure that having a person dressed in a turban that looks arabic equates to that person being Mohammed. Could he be dressed as OBL? Sadr? A soldier from The Arabian Knights? A member of Sinbads crew (the adventurer, not the comic of course!)? The point is that when they made it clear their intentions were to portray Mohammad on their show CC backed down. Nowhere in the episode do they point out for fact that the image was Mohammed. They do with the murderers, they do with Irwin, Ghandi, Diana, Sinatra, etc. HAD they gone out of their way to make it clear that the man was Mohammed and CC still shown the episode then the double standard wouldn’t be in place. The fact that they MAY have snuck something in past the CC censors doesn’t change that the network backs down when it comes to offending Muslims whereas offending everyone else is just fine.

Of course I could just be reading too much into it, I tend to do that at times.

Grunt2Jag on October 27, 2006 at 2:39 PM

I’m not offended, but it is in poor taste.

There are too many others who need to be parodied to waste time on those who don’t. If SP continues to set its standards this low, I’d say this was their shark and they jumped.

AtomicAmish on October 27, 2006 at 2:42 PM

AP

Bad taste? I provide (video), you decide.

Bad taste? Don’t ask me.
I’m busy crafting a Michael J. Fox & Paul Reubens Jerky Boys joke.

Stephen M on October 27, 2006 at 2:42 PM

Esthier://///look in the background….my god Jack in the Box was there….not Jack…..Super Tacos GOOOOOODD!!!!!!

Limerick on October 27, 2006 at 2:44 PM

sorry not meant to be a link

Limerick on October 27, 2006 at 2:44 PM

His death was no tragedy; the guy spent all his time playing with wild animals. It was bound to happen.

ShandyKing on October 27, 2006 at 2:45 PM

Only Mormons go to Heaven

Wow, aren’t they going to be surprised…

E L Frederick on October 27, 2006 at 2:50 PM

Oooops, I didn’t mean to cap the word “KNOW”, sorry, I was typin’ that while driving 75 mph. I know, I know, I shouldn’t do that but I’M ADDICTED TO HOTAIR!

Hey guys, why are we beatin’ up on each other over somethin’ so trivial? We’re all on the same side here. Now play nice. Don’t MAKE me stop this plane!

Tony737 on October 27, 2006 at 2:54 PM

Oh come on guys. Nobody is safe from Matt and Trey.

msipes on October 27, 2006 at 3:13 PM

dead on msipes(no pun intended)……..nobody……trying to make this into a geopolitical argument is like bedding down with CindyChavez…you’re nuts!

Limerick on October 27, 2006 at 3:18 PM

Hello.

My first post, and it has to be about South Park…..

The reason you do not see Chef there is that Chef is NOT dead. He is now Darth Chef, wielder of the light spatula and new face for the Super Adventure Club.

Chike ex Machina on October 27, 2006 at 3:22 PM

Pancakes. heh.

Scot on October 27, 2006 at 3:24 PM

Whattaya serve at a luncheon for somebody killed in a freak woodchipper accident, ground beef tacos with shredded cheese?

Tony737 on October 27, 2006 at 2:30 PM

LOL!!

Or if your Ted Kennedy, do you name your dog “Splash”?
He did, really.

CliffHanger on October 27, 2006 at 3:40 PM

…one thing you have to admit about South Park (as others have said here): they make fun of *everybody*…had the network not wussed out, they’d've made fun of Mohammed, etc.

If they were selective (only making fun of certain celebrities, making fun of O’Reilly but not Matthews or Olberman), their bad taste would be compounded by bias. They might not’ve gotten around to Olberman yet (who has?), but I’m sure that there’s no rule that he’s exempt. As it is, they’re equal-opportunity offenders.

I don’t watch. Still, they occasionally offend folks *who offend me*, and that’s my point. I’ll bet that there were “truthers” out there offended by the recent episode with “‘So who blew up the Towers, then’, ‘A bunch of pissed-off muslims, that’s who’”. I was rolling.

Not in good taste? That’s comedy today, outside of a few comedians. It’s all fart jokes, sex jokes, and, among a few who want to go the way of Maher and Stewart and that ilk who’re usually Lefties, political and current-events jibes. Comedy today is a cess-pit.

South Park actually has the virtue of being original and fairly unbiased. There’s something to offend everyone, as well as something to make everyone guffaw.

…I still don’t watch. We have kids, for one thing….

Puritan1648 on October 27, 2006 at 3:40 PM

Comedy today is a cess-pit.

Puritan: Except for this guy…

Family-friendly.

CliffHanger on October 27, 2006 at 3:46 PM

I think Steve himself would’ve laughed at that.

Perhaps he did.

The Ugly American on October 27, 2006 at 3:55 PM

Or if your Ted Kennedy, do you name your dog “Splash”?
He did, really.

CliffHanger on October 27, 2006 at 3:40 PM

Freudian…or dumb, or both.

Entelechy on October 27, 2006 at 4:23 PM

Oooops, I didn’t mean to cap the word “KNOW”, sorry, I was typin’ that while driving 75 mph. I know, I know, I shouldn’t do that but I’M ADDICTED TO HOTAIR!

Now that is offensive.

Idiot.

reaganaut on October 27, 2006 at 4:33 PM

I think Steve himself would’ve laughed at that.

I agree. That’s the thing about Irwin, he had a sense of humor, and it was not infrequently self-directed. And if his head ever got too big, he had Terri there to deflate it for him.

Farmer_Joe on October 27, 2006 at 4:56 PM

I think Steve himself would’ve laughed at that.

Perhaps he did.

The Ugly American on October 27, 2006 at 3:55 PM

I bet you’re right (and not only because you’re ugly, too).

Ugly on October 27, 2006 at 5:58 PM

How ironic, I just got done sayin’ that we shouldn’t beat up on each other here on HotAir.

Anyway, I agree, Steve would probably laugh and say “Crikey! Matt and Trey are naughty little buggers ain’t they?”

Tony737 on October 27, 2006 at 7:56 PM

When ever they have an episode that shows hell, a recent celebrity who has died is show to be there.

purpleslog on October 27, 2006 at 8:58 PM

ShandyKing is right. Long before Irwin’s death, I had stated to several people that if I ever hear that Irwin was maimed or killed by some wild animal, my reaction would be, “Huh. I wondered when that was going to happen.”

While infinitely lovable, Steve was reckless and pushed the envelope like some base jumping adrenaline junkie until the end.

Does MTV Networks, and therefore ultimately Time/Warner own Comedy Central? I am curious who censors it so selectively -the network, or the FCC. Seems it’s the former, not the latter.

Indy Mark on October 28, 2006 at 12:07 PM

I think Matt & Trey showed more respect to Irwin than they have to most other deceased celebrities – Gene Siskel, Walter Matthau, Princess Di, Ghandi and others are normally shown using photographs rather than animated likenesses.

token on October 28, 2006 at 2:52 PM

New poster.

I think I understand part of their (Matt and Trey) point in being extreme, and I’m glad we live in a country where they’re free to be so.

They can be funny and clever, but I find this neither.

I doubt Steve’s family would find it amusing.

Regards,

cyrano on October 29, 2006 at 12:29 AM

But God forbid they show a depiction of Muhammad. That would cross the line.

WisCon on October 29, 2006 at 1:04 PM

Besides, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

Advice I have always followed, since the first time I foolishly watched it.

Jack?

Jack-in-the-Box

His death was no tragedy; the guy spent all his time playing with wild animals. It was bound to happen.

That makes it less unexpected, not less tragic. Imagine telling that classless comment to his family.

Freelancer on October 30, 2006 at 3:48 AM