If there's one thing that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone know how to do, it's rip on celebrities. Since the show's early days, they've relied on making fun of famous people for laughs, and boy, has it worked well. No one seems to be safe from the wrath of South Park – musicians like Bono, Phil Collins, and Lars Ulrich have all been mocked, as well as actors like Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Rosie O'Donnell, and so many more.
One of the attacks was on singer/songwriter Lorde, in the third episode of season 18 titled "The Cissy." In the episode, Lorde is revealed to be none other than Randy Marsh, who reveals that the writing process includes singing on the toilet and auto-tuning it. Although Lorde took the jokes in stride, other people, like Tom Cruise, have taken offense to their appearances on the show.
Season 9, Episode 12 - "Trapped in the Closet"
Season 14, Episode 5 - "200"
One of the most infamous celebrity hazings on South Park, Tom Cruise parodies an R. Kelly music video when he barricades himself in Stan's room and literally won't come out of the closet. His pal, John Travolta, stops by to try and get him out but ultimately ends up joining Tom in the closet. Before the episode even aired, Tom Cruise threatened Viacom and tried to force them not to air the episode, resulting in a controversy known as "Closetgate." After much public outcry, the episode was finally aired, and it is generally received as one of the best episodes of the show thus far.
Five years later, in Season 14, Tom Cruise returned when Stan noticed him packing fudge at a chocolate factory. Do we really have to explain that one?
Season 13, Episode 5 - "Fishsticks"
"Do you like fishsticks? Do you like fishsticks in your mouth? Well, then you're a gay fish."After Jimmy Volmer writes this brilliant joke that takes the world by storm, Kanye West is the only person alive that doesn't get it. He goes to extreme lengths to prove that he's not a gay fish, until he finally embraces it at the end of the episode and seemingly makes love to a giant fish. If you've ever seen someone at a Kanye West show holding a sign that says "gay fish," this episodes is to blame.
Season 8, Episode 12 - "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset"
Everyone is excited that Paris Hilton is coming to town, until she actually shows up. In the episode, Paris is so loud and obnoxious that her dog actually kills itself with a shotgun. She unsuccessfully tries to buy Butters as her new pet, and ultimately ends up losing a "whore off" contest with Mr. Slave when he jumps on her head and sucks her into his anus. Yikes.
Season 8, Episode 6 - "The Jeffersons"
When the Jacksons, err... Jeffersons come to South Park, Mr. Jefferson instantly connects with the young boys of South Park. Cartman and Mr. Jefferson form a special bond, until Mr. Jefferson goes nuts, as his face begins to fall off. The plastic surgery jokes are there, the pedophile jokes are there... it's nothing groundbreaking, but South Park's spin on Michael Jackson ended up being a very memorable episode.