Two and a half years after Dr. Dre brought out an absurd visual projection of the late Tupac at Coachella, the music industry has found other, more diabolical uses for its so-called holograms. Last night’s South Park predominantly focused on the idea of YouTube star PewDiePie, who millions of people watch comment on video games as he plays them. But the Comedy Central show has been experimenting with continuity between episodes this season, and the idea of 45-year-old Randy Marsh impersonating New Zealand pop sensation Lorde has taken yet another turn. Spoiler: There will be holo-Lorde.
Marsh performs as Lorde, against his wishes, alongside Miley Cyrus (“Got my hands in the air / While I’m twerking this chair”), Iggy Azalea (“Missy Who?”) and Nicki Minaj (“Oh, Lorde, you’re such a purist”), at the “Night of Pure Estrogen: Women of Rock” concert, benefiting the “gluten crisis” in West Africa. It doesn’t give away too much to reveal that his onstage behavior, as he tries to do the label boss’s bidding, becomes an over-the-top parody of Cyrus-style provocations. But even if he wanted to go back to being his old, beloved Lorde — it’s hard to believe the real Lorde, by the way, ever expected her impression on the show to reach such bizarre extremes, including battling Azalea beneath a Kanye West tour poster — well, there are holograms to replace him. Michael Jackson‘s hologram, along with the infamous holo-Pac, both appear.
And here I am, commenting on a TV show episode about online commentary. Deal with it, grandpas: The plot looks like it will be, you guessed it, continued.
Watch the full episode below.