South Park kicked off their 15th season last night with an episode entitled, “HUMANCENTiPAD” where Colorado’s cartooned children are the subjects of one of the most bizarre parodies of our time. Playing on the popularity (and utter revulsion) of 2010’s “The Human Centipede” combined with Apple’s iPad pricing, iPhone location tracking, iTunes’ notoriously long EULA (end user license agreement) and, of course, Steve Jobs magnetic personality, this episode goes places no one ever expected, and perhaps no one should ever see. Still, it’s related to Apple, has a great caricature of Steve Jobs, and Apple’s “Business Casual G-men” are not to be missed. Not, that is, as long as you can stand the thought of people sewn together front-to-back (ahem) as the power source and brains of Apple next generation device.
The show’s creators, Matt Parker and Trey Stone, have an uncanny ability to hit on timely subjects, and this week’s episode was no different. The two managed to take current concerns over location tracking log files that are stored on the iPhone and iPad 3G and push them to an extreme where Apple follows and abducts customers for product experiments. They also play off the fact that most people agree to software license terms without ever reading the agreements — or in this case, just Stan.
Definitely not safe for work. Certainly not safe for children. Likely not safe for you. Watch it if you must. If you dare. We did. We’re still here.