When it comes to wrapping satire around controversial cultural issues, few shows push the envelope like "South Park."
Wednesday night's episode, which kicked off the Comedy Central show's 15th season, directly attacked tech giant Apple and the recent revelations that the company has been tracking their users' every move
. The "iSpying" controversy directly affected iPhone and iPad users — logging locations of owners without consent or knowledge.
Apple issued a response saying that the location logging was simply a way to monitor WiFi hotspots, but they did agree to fix the issue in a future update.
Water under the bridge? Not for "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
On the episode, Kyle is tracked down by agents of Apple, who say that he willingly gave up his privacy after purchasing his new iPad and agreeing to the iTunes Terms and Conditions. Kyle, like anyone else, can't believe people actually read those terms — and is shocked to know that he also somehow signed up to participate in an experimental Apple program that will fuse three people — mouth to anus to iPad.
Remember: This is "South Park," not Pixar.
"The half-hour was an unspeakable pleasure," writes Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker
. "The HUMANCENTiPAD one hinged on the notion that people don’t read the Apple agreements they sign off on, and thus allow themselves to be tracked at any location and human-centipeded… The themes were Parker-Stone perennials: Knowledge really matters; many people are lazy and thus prey to exploitation. Humanist misanthropes, Parker and Stone are some kinda evangelical libertarians."