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South Park Apologizes For Stealing Inception Parody

If last week’s Inception parody on South Park seemed a little familiar, it could be because you’d already seen parts of it online; the creators of the Comedy Central show have apologized for accidentally stealing lines from a viral video.

The New York Times quotes Matt Stone as saying, “It’s just because we do the show in six days, and we’re stupid and we just threw it together, but in the end, there are some lines that we had to call and apologize for.” According to Stone and co-creator Trey Parker, the problem arose when they were looking online for dialogue from Christopher Nolan’s summer blockbuster and found an August video called “Inception Characters Don’t Understand Inception.” Unaware that the dialogue in that video wasn’t from the movie, they lifted some lines, and… the rest is embarrassing history. “We thought their joke was that a lot of those lines were actually in the movie, and they were banging them against each other, and showing that the Inception characters didn’t even know Inception. That was a mistake, and it was an honest mistake,” explained Stone.

Am I the only one surprised that neither Stone nor Parker had actually seen the movie before writing the episode, to recognize the fictional lines…?


  • Politicaldefiance

    I believe they did see the movie, which is why they wanted to do a parody of it. One of them said they thought the dialogue was totally ridiculous, some people having to explain explanations. I didn’t think their parody was all that great, anyway.

  • unklesam666

    riiiiiight… since every american who speaks english has committed to memory the etymological origins AND current pop-cultural-modified-status of every word, phrase and meaning that they speak/hear/read/write out of a sense of duty and loyalty to the true nature of the language and all it can express, this shocking and frankly disheartening issue stands out as especially foul and wrong – turning Stone and Parker into veritable effigies of all that is “jacked up” and “whack” in this land.

  • Cforshaw67220

    Mistakes happen. End of.

    ‘Inception’ was hugely disappointing, though.

    ‘If you die, you wake up.’
    ‘Well, what are we worried about…’
    ‘Except this time.’
    ‘So, when you say, ‘If you die, you wake up,’ what you mean is, ‘If you die, sometimes you wake up, and sometimes you don’t.”
    ‘And you know this… how?’
    ‘I just do. If you die here, then you will go insane, not actually die.’
    ‘So, we’ve gone from, ‘If I die, I wake up,’ to, ‘If I die, sometimes I will wake up and sometimes I wont,’ to, ‘If I die, I will definitely go insane.”
    ‘Unless I save you… somehow.’
    ‘So, now we’ve gone from, ‘If I die, I wake up,’ to, ‘If I die, sometimes I wake up and sometimes not,’ to, ‘If I die, I will definitely go insane,’ to, ‘If I die, I will go insane unless you save me’?’
    ‘Yep. That sounds about right.’
    ‘No offence, Cobb, but don’t ever get a job writing movies. No-one would buy the crap you come out with.’

  • Zach

    Just saw the video, and I don’t see how anyone could think any of those lines were actually in the movie.