South Park

Season 12 Episode 2

Britney's New Look

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 19, 2008 on Comedy Central
7.5
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While trying to escape her troubles in the secluded mountains near South Park, Britney Spears has a run-in with the boys. Stan and Kyle get swept up in her celebrity as well as the non-stop feeding frenzy that plagues her wherever she goes. The boys must take Britney to the North Pole when they learn the secret behind what makes her so popular.moreless

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  • I don't want to say my real thoughts, since it could hurt some people...

    10
    I seriously do not get how some people think this episode is 'pointless' or 'not worth watching' and 'not having a plot' or 'not funny' (i agree with this one, but it's not a reason to hate it, since it's plot and message behind it isn't made for commedy). I still remember when I saw this episode 2 years ago (I was 10 years old) I really thought it was horrible and made fun of Britney (how could i be so stupid xD), but I saw it 2 years later (the time called present.. and finally got the depth of this episode. It is very simpel: Britney is being bullied by the media (just like in real) and I actually felt bad for her when I first saw this episode and now that I saw it again, only this time, I really liked the way they did it. If this would've been a freally funny episode, it would have totally ruined the good message it is giving. I personally think that when people say they aren't giving bad details about britney and it's bad because of it, then they are totally wrong, because they showed her mtv performance totally lip syncing, not dancing... NOT EVEN HAVING A UPPER HEAD (lol) The best part of the paparazzi is the fact that they didn't notice the upper head part... it only shows that the real paparazzi also isn't showing any true detail of britney, but only bullshit about her, because of that corn harvest... personally this isn't a good humor episode... but who says it has to be that? I think that matt and parker actually wanted to make this a not that super funny episode. I give this episode a 10, because of the mix between the funny part (not super funny but oh well... it was laughable :P) and an actual story, plot sortish thing... oh yeah and someone said that this episode doesn't have a plot... YOU ARE THE DUMBEST PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE!@! or young... or both xD BUT SERIOUSLY, how is a chased britney by the media not a good plot? It's realy one of the best/cruel parodies... oh and btw you can take the fact that there is a super best friends group that excists out Jesus and other religion people and a giant robot and the fact that one of the most famous bands in the south park world are actually the defeaters of that monster, but not the fact that they made Britney survive her suicide 'plan' and only is left with 2/3 of her head... though I do think that they made her lose her head too early, since I am actually a Britney fan and wanted to see more Britney stuff xd... but to get to the point: Great episode, deserves everyone's view and especially that of the paparazzi to see how wrong they are, seriously, I once saw a news report and you know what it said? That Justin Bieber has started smoking, well guess what NO ONE CARES/IS TOO NICE TO ACTUALLY DO LIKE HE CARES ABOUT IT... okay Britney selling again a platinum album and number one hit spot on the debut release is acceptable for the news, since that is pretty awesome xD (how good can your music be but Justin having a cigarette in his hands... wowmoreless
  • Ewww!This episode is disgusting

    1.0
    Oh my god,this has got to be the worst episode of South Park of all time.Ever since Raisins(Stop saying I treat that episode like a soap opera) and You Have 0 Friends.Okay,so Britney Spears shoots her face thanks to the boys.What kind of plot is that?And throughout the whole episode,her face is half off.Okay,I'll stop right there.What the heck is that?It's so disgusting.Where the creators on drugs when they thought of this?This episode sucks.So the town goes to murder her.And the ending of this was the only good part of the episode.They decide to kill Miley Cyrus.She deserves to get killed.But this episode is retarded and disgusting.I didn't even laugh a bit.So hate this episode,don't love it.moreless
  • This episode was an utter waste of time.

    1.0
    Retarded. That is the first and best word to describe this episode. Waste of time sums it up too. Stone and Parker's seeming obsession with "secret societies" and cults was at first funny (the Scientology episode) but has begun to become both tedious and idiotic. Add Britney Spears to the mix. I will not denigrate myself by defending Britney Spears (a talentless retard whose only ability is to mime words and use her purportedly wholly genetic gifts to her advantage at best), but even SHE deserved better than this. I'm so sad to see a formerly hilarious and satirical show descend to this level.moreless
  • This episode shook me to the core...

    10
    I know that some people watch South Park just for the laughs, and I don't begrudge them that. When it premiered in 1997, I was in it for the lolz myself. But this episode was different. I've never had a message hit me like this one did. Ever since I watched this episode, I can't stand reading or hearing about celebrities. I just can't do it. I purposely avoid television and other venomous outlets that thrive on the public crucifixion of others. They really are just like the average pe-on, and they may really be hurting inside. I guess, in a way, I don't want to be part of the corn harvest, eh?



    Like I said, those that watch for giggles will be disappointed in this episode, but I hope that they watch it again and give it a chance.moreless
  • This episode will make you cringe more than make you laugh, and that is pretty much the point.

    9.0
    This is arguably the most satirical episode of South Park to date. While the show has long been known for making fun of celebrities, this time it takes a stance against muckraking, in particular the often insensitive treatment of young female artists by the public in general. The scenes where Britney Spears is shown missing half her head, in obvious distress, and still being mocked and ridiculed by everyone around her are extremely effective. In the first half of the show, most of the satire is directed against the media, with hordes of paparazzi tracking Britney everywhere. The story evolves into a global conspiracy theory which ends up implicating the public in general.



    Two scenes are most memorable for their dramatic effect: Britney attempting suicide with a shotgun, and the final scene of the sacrifice - with photographic cameras!moreless
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

April Stewart

April Stewart

Voice of Liane Cartman; Principal Victoria; Sharon Marsh; Wendy Testaburger; Shelly Marsh; Various Others

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Listen Closely: When Britney is performing at the MTV Music Awards the music being played is her song "Gimme More"

    • Nitpick: When Britney is singing her song at the MTV awards, one of the guys says, 'Oh man. She's totally lip-synching.', to which Stan replies 'She doesn't have any lips!' However, you can clearly see that she still has her lips.

    • Listen Closely: During the scene where Britney is recording, the music being used is an instrumental version of her song of "Toxic".

    • Visitor Sighting:

      You can see a visitor's silhouette dancing on the Video wall during Britney's VMA performance.

    • Officer Barbrady makes his first appearance since "The Snuke," although he has no lines.

    • Among the people at the harvest:

      A couple members of the Super Adventure Club
      A redneck from "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson"
      Condoleezza Rice
      Gene Hackman (no moustache)
      Gerald and Sheila Broflovski
      Hilary Clinton
      Irene the garbagewoman from "Casa Bonita"
      Jimbo Kern
      Liane Cartman
      Marvin Marsh
      Mephisto
      Officer Barbrady
      Pastor Phillips (the bi-curious priest) from "Cartman Sucks"
      Pat Sajak
      Randy and Sharon Marsh
      Some of the lesbians from "D-Yikes!"
      Stuart and Mrs. McCormick
      The Moil from "Ike's Wee Wee"
      The Mexicans from "D-Yikes!"
      The Player Killer from "Make Love Not Warcraft"

    • The maintenance closet that Stan, Kyle and Britney hide in while at the train station is the same closet used for "Cartoon Wars (2)" on the Fox studio lot.

    • During the debate, the moderator refers to Barack Obama as "Mr. Obama." In such situations, generic titles are only used when the person has never held political office; the correct way to address him would've been "Senator Obama."

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Butters: Hang on fellas. Don't you think Britney's been through enough? I mean, maybe it's finally time for us to leave her alone.
      Stan: ...Butters, don't be such a pussy.
      Butters: Okay (Smiles).

    • Reporter: You won't believe what Britney's done now! The troubled star has just been spotted with a crazy "no top part of the head" look (cuts to video of Britney on stretcher) This video was taken just hours ago as Britney was wheeled into the hospital for some reason, and if we zoom in on the footage, (camera zooms in on a scar on her chest) right here, you can also definitely see a boob job scar! No doubt now that she's had plastic surgery in the past!
      Anchor: (laughs) Ouch, that's gotta be embarrassing! Any word on why Britney went for this radical no top of the head look?
      Reporter: No word yet, Tom, but it could be over the embarrassment of the boob job scar video we showed just just now.... Uh... even though the timing doesn't quite work out...

    • Randy Marsh: We hadn't told you about it Stanley because we- we like to wait until kids are a little older to talk to them about things like condoms and ritualistic human sacrifice for harvest.

    • Anchorman Brian: David, any idea as to how big the cameltoe actually was?
      Reporter David: She was sportin' toe like never before, Brian. I-I don't know what's wrong with that girl but it's a slap in the face to camels all over the planet.

    • Anchorwoman: The giant squirrel which was picked up last week by Animal Control apparently now thinks it's a person. Colorado officials have taken the squirrel to Johns Hopkins for psychiatric evaluation.
      Anchorman: That squirrel is obviously nuts.

    • Britney's Manager: Britney, what were you thinking?! First you shave your head, and now this.
      Britney Spears: (undecipherable)
      Britney's Manager: Well, it's a ballsy new look, I'll give you that.

    • Robert Pooner: Britney Spears was caught Pissing on a squirrel.

    • Cartman: (to Britney) OK lady, just flash us your crotch or something.

    • (after hearing a man getting 100,000 dollars for a photo of Britney on TV)
      Kyle: A hundred thousand dollars?
      Cartman: That's enough to buy slaves!

    • Robert Pooner: The troubled diva took a piss right on a ladybug!

    • VMA Attendee: Aw man, she's totally lip-synching.
      Stan: She doesn't have any lips!

    • Sound Board Guy: God, she's so stupid.
      Stan: What do you expect? Look at her, she doesn't have most of her brain!
      Sound Board Guy: I know, she's really dumb, huh?
      Stan: No, I mean she literally doesn't have most of her brain, her head is gone!
      Sound Board Guy: Yeah, and she's all fat too.

    • Kyle: Wow, if a picture of Britney Spears peeing on a lady bug got $100,000, imagine how much we'd get for a picture of her crapping on a squirrel!

    • Britney Watch Announcer: We now return to the stupid democratic debates..
      (cuts to debates)
      Hillary Clinton: ..and spearchuckers.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Family Guy: In the background of several scenes is a man who looks exactly like Tom Tucker from Family Guy.

    • Metalocalypse:

      Britney talking to the boys while the whole top half of her head has been blown off is an allusion to the "Mordland" episode of Metalocalypse, where in Edgar Jomfru continued talking to his brother even after his head was shot off by a sniper.

    • The Lottery:



      The parts in the episode about sacrificing a human for a good corn harvest is in reference to Shirley Jackson's 1948 short story "The Lottery". These include the line "Sacrifice in March, corn have plenty starch!", which is a parody of the line "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon!" from the original story. Also in this episode the mayor of the town in which the people kill Britney Spears is named Summers, a reference to Mr. Summers who runs the lottery in the original story.

    • Invasion of the Body Snatchers:

      The photogragher who pointed and screeched at Britney Spears is an allusion to Donald Sutherland's character in the 1978 film, Invasion of the Body Snachters, where the eponymous 'body snatchers' react this way when they identify a human who is not part of their collective.

    • Children of the Corn:

      This ending of the episode is a parody of the horror movie series Children of the Corn, in which people are sacrificed into a corn field.

    • Chris Crocker:

      Though not a direct reference, throughout this episode, the characters talk about how they should of left Britney alone. this is clearly a reference to a viral video called "Leave Britney Alone" by Chris Crocker, which was seen all over the Internet last year. Also during Britney's performance in this episode, a Chris Crocker lookalike is in the audience criticizing her.

    • The Wicker Man:


      The plot of an entire town secretly organizing a human sacrifice for a good harvest bears a striking resemblance to the classic 1973 film, The Wicker Man, which was in turn based upon the Celtish ritual involving lighting a giant wooden man on fire,

    • Frosty the Snowman:



      The idea of Stan and Kyle to take Britney Spears to the North Pole is an allusion to Frosty the Snowman.

    • The Omen:



      The haunting melodic chant sung by the Britney stalkers is similar to "Ave Satani" from Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score to the 1976 film The Omen.

    • Amtrak:

      The TransTrak train company and its logo are similar to that of Amtrak.

    • Comfort Inn:



      The Komfort Inn that Britney stays at is an allusion to the popular motel chain, Comfort Inn, right down to the logo.

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