Positive Messages from an Episode of South Park? Really? Yup… (The Worldwide Privacy Tour S26 E2)

Hello Readers,

Earlier today, I posted my second interview for 2023 featuring author Liz Gauffreau – HERE. I hope you can check it out. 

Later in the day, we had a delightful time when my yoga-teacher friend, and her boyfriend, joined us for dinner. There were vegan options, chicken wings, and red steak sliced to perfection with Celtic salt drizzled on top. 

While chatting, we somehow ended up watching YouTube clips. Oh the fun of diving into YouTube and seeing where it takes ya. We jammed to the “What’s Up” song from 4 Non Blondes. My friend and I sang that song, Karaoke style, at her 40th birthday party and so it was a bit of memory lane. We actually started our YouTube adventure with old SNL skits about Prince and that led to the Chapelle show 

Then we watched “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, etc. Check it out




As the night settled down, folks left and the clean up was done. Someone sent us a link to a news article about how Harry and Meghan might be suing the South Park comic show over their recent episode called The Worldwide Privacy Tour.

That led to me watching my first EVER episode of South Park. 

I NEVER thought I would watch an episode of South Park. I remember when South Park first came out in 1997. There was a lot of hype and because we lived in Colorado at the time, we knew some folks who went to Heritage High in Littleton, Colorado – which is the same High School that Matt Stone went to (Stone is a co-creator of the show).  

Anyhow, until today, I assumed the show was only JUNK. The few times that I had seen it on somewhere (like at Dr. Dyke’s house when his adopted son had it playing) there was so much swearing it seemed only crass (foul language, dark humor, hollow topics, etc.)

I did eventually hear that South Park had clever writing with social connections, similar to The Simpsons. I also heard that both shows sometimes seemed to predict future events – but I just thought that South Park was hollow and paltry (and I have never really been a Simpson’s fan either). 

After the news story came our way – and after hearing comments about how the episode was  “so well done” – we watched The Worldwide Privacy Tour episode (S26E2) and I was surprised with the healthy messages embedded in the show. Yes, you heard that right. Healthy messages from South Park. 

The episode highlighted how an over focus on “branding” oneself can lead to losing oneself. 

South Park S26 Episode 2 can be watched for free HERE on Comedy Central (warning, some inappropriate content, not for children). 

The Worldwide Privacy Tour episode has a royal couple, not directly identified as Harry and Meghan, but obviously depicts them. In this episode, the writers capture the way the royal couple claims to want privacy yet constantly go out of their way to get into the spotlight. The scenes alternate from the royal couple with snippets of Kyle, one of the main swearing characters. Kyle is told by another student, Butters, also foul-mouthed, that he should work on his “brand” and this plays out with layers of humor and subtle messages about social games, narcissistic tendencies, and presenting a controlled image:

“Don’t you want people to like you for you, instead of who they want you to be?” 

Near the end of the episode, the prince parts ways with Meghan (is it more future predicting? we shall see..)

          There was also a sweet little scene at the very end. Kyle was trying to get on the computer during the episode, but the character Ike was on it and he was crying about the Queen being dead. I think the exchanges between Ike and Kyle had many messages. One of them related to thinking of others more.  Kyle kept saying he had to get on the computer because his friends needed him to but in reality his friends told him they could still easily play without him. 

          The writers hint at perceptions of importance, selfishness, lack of empathy, FOMO, and cognitive distortions that can come when someone feels so much pressure to get online because they “think” they are needed (or want to be) more than they really are.  In the final exchange with Ike, Kyle stops criticizing Ike for crying and Kyle stops trying to have Ike get off the computer. Kyle says it is all right, “Things get to you, it’s who you are.” This showed empathy and was a nice way to end an episode that highlighted a couple who was so caught up in image and self promotion. 

The episode should have included the royal couple constantly using smart phones to record themselves – I was surprised they left that out because that was another key part of the “wonkiness” with their “lack of privacy” claims. The couple started filming their lives early on – knowing they were going to thrust their story into the spotlight. “Waaaagh.” 

The episode lets the viewer ponder how much we think of others vs. how lost we can get with too much focus on self – or make that too much focus on the fake self that comes with branding and marketing. The writers leave us thinking about image and externals versus what we have on the inside. 

I felt like I needed to say a prayer for the real-life defunct royal couple that this episode was based on. Things are a mess for them right now and I am not sure if they are blame gaming all of this away, but as the show pointed out, there are real people behind the brand and image and I hope they find peace and wellness. I hope they start to get better advice. And rather than suing the writers of South Park, they should stop and take some notes from The Worldwide Privacy Tour episode because rhey just might learn a thing or two.  (I am leaving the rhey typo just for bb.)

South Park S26E2 – HERE


  • Thanks for your visit today. Have you ever watched South Park?  If so, any thoughts to share?

  • Reminder, the third annual #Dickenschallenge (here) invites you to join us and read a Dickens novella between Feb 7th and June 9th (hosts are Trent, Marsha, and Yvette). 








30 thoughts on “Positive Messages from an Episode of South Park? Really? Yup… (The Worldwide Privacy Tour S26 E2)

  1. I have never watched a South Park or Simpson’s episode and have no intention of ever doing so. Snippets were more than enough for me. I’m not convinced I would care for the latest episode you describe either. Finishing with a nod to empathy is a good way to go though. I appreciate your honest comments regarding the show.

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    1. Hi Norah, I understand that you will never view either of those shows – and thanks for your comment – oh and we just watched the S26 second episode again and it is so much more than ending the show with a nod for empathy – the entire 22 minute was some of the best writing I have “seen” in a long time. I noticed some more things I missed – like when the children all went outside to play (get off the computer) and just some more very good lines about trying to be something you are not so people will like you more.
      thanks again for your feedback

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  2. Actually, all South Park episodes are social commentary above all else. Every one makes a point (or five) and often the point is a very good one. Nothing is sacred and they will poke fun at anything and everything, but often bring out very valid points that people seem to ignore.
    That said, I don’t like the show. They are as subtle as a sledgehammer, they are often holier than thou in their approach. I get tired of constant jokes about bodily functions. Foul mouthed kids aren’t the best protagonists (though everyone has known smart-alec, foul mouthed kids like this, and you aren’t supposed to like the kids). A lot of people do need their bubbles burst, but South Park often bursts those bubbles to glorify South Park instead of to promote real good.
    And, sorry, Harry and Meghan, suing South Park is one of the worst things you can do. (I have read why they do what they do – it isn’t that they don’t want publicity, it is that they want to control the narrative. From what I read, the British Press had daily attacks against them until they left. This is from BBC, so part of that British press. I’ve seen some of the article and political cartoons, and it was all very hateful and racist. And given that Harry’s mom was literally hounded to death by the press, that she too was an expert at courting (nobody knew how to manipulate the press better than Princess Di), then…)

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    1. Hi Trent
      First – I loved your description of the show!
      “social commentary above all else. Every one makes a point (or five) and often the point is a very good one. Nothing is sacred and they will poke fun at anything and everything, but often bring out very valid points that people seem to ignore.

      .. subtle as a sledgehammer”

      Constant jokes about bodily functions- this tired me out too – we call it bathroom humor or 4th grade level jokes

      Third, I have no insight into the full UK news reports on them – I do recall one time there was an article that showed Meghan with her hands in her pockets and I guess that is not acceptable for photo shoots?

      — but nobody has yet showed content that was racist (or folks would be fired and some heads would roll)??

      and with Princess Di – oh my goodness – I saw a documentary about the week leading up to her death on the highway. And she kept trying to dine out at every day restaurants and on one night, started crying at dinner with her doti. And here is the thing. There are just some limitations that come with titles and roles. And so she could have gotten around some of the press had she chose a different lifestyle. Now I half know what I am talking about here, but there are strategies that can be deployed when someone has a certain top tiered role in society. I think this is what Oprah helped Lindsey Lohan with- go to Italy or another country for a while.
      So ot to be too tough on Di (RIP) but to put it all on the press is wrong. Even though they can be hounds and have caused havoc – there are many ways to strategize.
      And same goes for H & M- you are so right that they want to control the narrative – but they also are a wlaking contradiction and their “demandingness” and “me mentality” – is infantile. If they had discretion and a modest approach to their exit – things would have been much different.
      The words hollow and shallow come to mind after I learned about some of the details
      anyhow, this post was not meant to be about the couple – it was more about the brilliance in the writing of that episode
      with very really wisdom about how image, reputaton, and branding can get in the way with being oneself and
      thanks for the comment Trent

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  3. You guys had a lot of fun 🎤😀 I’ve never seen South Park. I like Harry and Meghan but I don’t follow the news about them. I like that they’re rebels, like Harry’s mom was. But what stress to have to control the narrative of your own life.

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    1. Hi Dan, thank for the comments – and this post was more about the “writing” of the episode and less about
      the H & M story; however, with that said – I thought they were rebels to but when you do get the scoop, they are not rebels. Instead, they seem to have victim mentality and complaining spirit and have acted on some very unwise advice. They are a walking contradiction and actions speak for themselves.
      Anyhow, I wish them the best

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  4. I’ve seen South Park and it can get a little edgy. To me the former royal couple is clueless about what they really want but then we’re all pretty much clueless at that age – most of us don’t put our cluelessness on display though!

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    1. Hi Jt- that is such a great point about how humans can be clueless – and how we have all had to learn and grow. But they are not that young and I hope they find ways to grow with grace, wisdom, and health.

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  5. South Park came out and we watched it with our kids. I can’t remember it being foul but then again I am more liberal that most folk from the US. A lot of people never see the underlying social messages in South Park or The Simpsons. As for H&M…who cares!
    Also I was going to well with feeling so proud of this post until the last sentence before the episode link. Do you sneak in a typo just for me 😂

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    1. Hi BB, I agree with who cares about “H&M” but it really has become a news story at times because of how they moved here. And you are correct about how the way that most people “miss” the social messages in the shows.

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        1. Hi – in a way it is – but with this post it felt a little like “flaw finding”
          and maybe I am personally confused as to why it does happen with comments on your blog more than other places –
          anyhow, I do appreciate you and love your blog – but I find myself clicking like or just viewing without leaving feedback because of these darn typos

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  6. Yanno, I have only watched a few episodes of South Park. I’ve watched thirty-second snippets on YouTube when someone tells me about a particular episode too, but that’s about the extent of it.

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    1. Hi – your comment reminded me as to how many people I know who have never seen the show =
      yet we know about the show – that is interesting ….
      and let me know if you get to check out this episode – it was so well written

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  7. Hi Yvette, I have heard about this recent South Park episode. I have not watched it, yet. You bring up many interesting points here. I will track it down. My daughters and their friends used to watch South Park when the girls lived at home. As parents of teenagers, we were happy to have them all at our house. Some classic, witty, multi-layered episodes. Yes, cringe-worthy language. They often push the envelope, highlighting relevant questions and thought-provoking messages. It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out for the couple. I agree with you how I hope they find peace and wellness.

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    1. Hello my friend
      Nice to see you still hanging out in blog land and making rounds !
      Thanks for your insightful comment –
      And sometimes I do wonder about humor shows because not everyone processes the joke
      And one example comes from the Cobra Kai show that is popular
      I was talking with a young adult and he didn’t get some of the humor /
      Esp with the character of Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) – / this person missed so much of the humor and I wonder how many others do
      /and with that said – these shows might have some of the best writers out there.
      And I think you summed it up quite well!
      “highlighting relevant questions and thought-provoking messages.”
      And while I know they can be inappropriate – I sure hope the powers to be do not censor and try to silence content like this
      And I heard that prince H said the first amendment was “bonkers” and (on Dax Shepard’s podcast ) and admitted he didn’t understand it (which shows more of the triple double standards this couple seems to be caught up in – waaaaaagh! We want our fame and popularity in our terms and want my book to sell millions but we do not want what comes with it that all celebs have to manage) oh sigh
      I really do not care about the royal family and I am not one to to read tabloids – and so this post was more about the healthy message woven in the episode (branding can dehumanize and pull from essence – etc)
      And I hope they start using their game and power for good

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      1. Another thing you and I have in common, Yvette. We enjoy the Cobra Kai shows, too. Yes, great writing. And back to your word/term ‘essence.’ Struck a chord with me the first time you mentioned this. 😊


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