Did the Inception parody that South Park aired last week seem eerily familiar as you watched? Don’t worry, you (probably) weren’t being incepted. The South Park episode lifted significant chunks of dialogue from a video posted on CollegeHumor.com back in August, to such an extent that South Park has had to apologize publicly. “It’s just because we do the show in six days, and we’re stupid and we just threw it together,” South Park creator Matt Stone told The New York Times. “But in the end, there are some lines that we had to call and apologize for.”
According to the Times, it was all a big mix-up: “When [Stone and Trey Parker] could not find a movie theater showing Inception, and were unable to get a DVD of the film (or find a watchable version on BitTorrent), they turned to other parodies of the film on the Web, and found the CollegeHumor video.” Stone adds that taking CollegeHumor’s jokes “was a mistake, and it was an honest mistake.”
Check out CollegeHumor’s “Inception Characters Don’t Understand Inception” after the jump, then visit South Park‘s site to see that show’s “Insheeption” episode. The Inception parody starts around 6:30. Some key shared lines to look out for include “Sometimes my thoughts of my dead wife manifest themselves as trains” and “We need to move to the next dream level before these projections kill us”/”We need to move them all to the next dream level before the projections kill them.”
Do you buy Stone’s explanation for all this? Does this seem like just “an honest mistake” or something worse? Sound off in comments.