At the risk of sounding like a grandpa, I’d like you to remember with me, if you will, a simpler time. Long ago, in early October, South Park aired an episode where 45-year-old Randy Marsh impersonated Lorde. Looking back, his words were so innocent, uncomplicated by our tumultuous era: “I am Lorde, ya ya ya.” As for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack auteur, she responded not with a sour tweet or an all-caps blog post, but by good-naturedly singing this barely-a-parody song.
Those days are gone. If there’s any takeaway from last night’s South Park, it’s that the Lorde subplot is probably done, because it’s hard to imagine where it could go next. In recent weeks, the show had already depicted Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, plus holograms of both Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur. As previously reported, the latest episode, centering around “The Washington Redskins’ Go Fuck Yourself Holiday Special,” adds a hologram of Kurt Cobain, along with animated versions of Bill Cosby, Taylor Swift, U2, Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley‘s hologram and too much more to explain.
Azalea had another, um, prominent role, as did 2Pac, whose presence allowed the show, in its way, to address the recent grand jury decisions not to indict in the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Really.
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