We revisit Matt and Trey's most masterful lampoons of the rich and famous
By
Jeremy Cassar

10 Oct 2016 - 12:46 PM  UPDATED 18 Sep 2017 - 4:35 PM

Almost nothing is taboo for South Park veterans Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and especially not the security of celebrity egos.

Largely shunting guest voice appearances from celebrities in favour of the freedom to say whatever they darned please, Parker and Stone have delivered some of the most scathing comedic assaults on some of the world's most known faces, no matter the controversy they incite.

And we love them all the more for it.

Here are some of our favourite South Park celebrity takedowns.

Russell Crowe

Episode: The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer, S05E06.
The Gist: We catch glimpses of the trailer for the ultimate Russell Crowe movie: Fightin’ Around the World, an epic that sees Russ travel the world in search of a bare-knuckled brawl, which he finds in, amongst others, a cancer patient. 
Behind the scenes: When interviewed about the bit, it was obvious Russ had more to say than “I think they are very, very funny men and I wish them Godspeed”, but he kept it diplomatic.

Mel Gibson

Episode: The Passion of the Jew, S08E03.
The Gist: Taking aim at Mel and his juggernaut of a religious film —The Passion of the Christ— Trey Parker went all out when depicting Gibson as an anti-Semitic, torture-obsessed monster. 
Behind the scenes: Gibson has reportedly refused to comment, probably because he didn’t see any problem with the spoof.

Tom Cruise

Episode: Trapped in the Closet, S09E12. 
The Gist: Stan joins Scientology, is discovered to be the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard, and at one point is forced to coax Tom Cruise out of his (literal) closet. 
Behind the scenes: Reports allege that Tom Cruise was behind a re-airing of this episode suddenly being pulled from the schedule, and that the church of Scientology conducted a scarily thorough investigation into Matt and Trey in an effort to bring them down.

Oprah

Episode: A Million Little Fibers, S10E05. 
The Gist: Mingey, Oprah’s vagina literally comes to life and joins forces with Gary, Oprah’s anus, and the two take off on a gun rampage.
Behind the scenes: Matt Stone has listed this as one of his favourite episodes, due to its compounding weirdness.

Al Gore

Episode: ManBearPig, S10E06.
The Gist: Al Gore warns against the dangers of ManBearPig, a thing that’s half-man, half-bear and half-pig, though he’s less concerned with saving the earth from the creature than coming across as a superhero. 
Behind the scenes: Gore didn’t think Stone and Parker were claiming he was an egomaniac, and responded with “I still get comments on it. It’s unbelievable. Not as quite as many as I got for my role as a disembodied head on Futurama. That was a big win.

Steve Irwin

Episode: Hell on Earth 2006, S10E11.
The Gist: Someone turns up to a costume party in hell dressed as the world’s most beloved croc hunter, replete with an accompanying stingray. When its revealed to be the actual Irwin, the devil kicks him out of the party for not wearing a costume. 
Behind the scenes: Less a takedown of Irwin and more an arguably unsuccessful lampoon of the ‘too soon’ mentality. Irwin’s family were devastated, and critics called the thing “grossly insensitive”, but a spokesman for South Park claimed Matt and Trey’s goal is “to make people laugh, not offend people.” Regardless, many fans thought this was when the pair went too far.

The Jonas Brothers

Episode: The Ring, S13E01. 
The Gist: The Disney boys suggest Kenny and his girlfriend wear purity rings, which is actually the corporations way of selling sex to young girls. It’s later revealed that the boys are slaves to a megalomaniacal Mickey Mouse. 
Behind the scenes: On a Reddit AMA, Nick Jonas spoke out: "When it first came out I didn't think it was funny to be honest, but probably because I was actually living all of that in real time, so it just made it harder to come and live your life as a young person and have all that going on."

Kanye West

Episode: Fishsticks, S13E05. 
The Gist: Jimmy writes a joke and Kanye West is the only person who doesn’t get it, but refuses to admit it due to his massive genius. Kanye eventually thinks he’s got the joke, but somehow the take-away is that he’s actually a gay fish. Go figure. 
Behind the scenes: Kanye responded in a particularly Kanye fashion: "AS LONG AS PEOPLE THINK I ACT LIKE A BITCH THIS TYPE OF SHIT WILL HAPPEN TO ME. I GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF ME TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE I'M NOT ACTUALLY A HUGE DOUCHE BUT I'M UP FOR THE CHALLENGE."

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Eight already? It’s no surprise that we could have kept going, and we have a feeling Matt and Trey haven’t run out of material just yet.

South Park airs Monday nights at 8.30pm on SBS VICELAND. After they air, episodes will be available on SBS On Demand.