'South Park': Imitation is the sincerest form of television
Comedy Central is hoping The Reporters Who Cover Television - we tend to have the attention span of an average gnat - have by now forgotten all about the apology "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker issued to a Web video site for having lifted its material and used it in last week's episode of their animated show.
The bits in question came from a video posted on CollegeHumor way back on Aug. 2, mocking the hit flick "Inception."
Stone and Parker could not find a movie theater showing "Inception," the New York Times reported Friday after speaking to Stone. And it appears no one on their staff had actually seen the movie. And no one at Viacom - a multi-media behemoth that owns Comedy Central -- was able to provide them with a screener of the film - or they didn't think to ask. Nor could they find any clips from the movie on any file sharing network, on YouTube, blah, blah, blah. So they turned to other parodies of the film on the Web, found the CollegeHumor video and, mistakenly thinking the lines in the parody were actual lines in the movie - well, you know the rest.
Some might call it "plagiarism." Stone called it "an honest mistake" in that interview. He also used his old "It's just because we do the show in six days, and we're stupid and we just threw it together" gag to great effect.
Meanwhile, the creators of original satire, called "Inception Characters Don't Understand Inception," told the paper they were happy to receive an actual apology from the "South Park" creators and the promise they would get to meet Matt and Trey when they are in New York. The saps.
Take a look at the original and "South Park":
College Humor video here. (WARNING: Some language/scenes may not be safe for work.)
Lisa de Moraes
| October 25, 2010; 9:37 AM ET
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