Do you keep in mind a few 12 months in the past when Matt Damon starred in a sequence of commercials for cryptocurrency and repeatedly mentioned the nonsense phrase “Fortune favors the courageous”? South Park certain does. In its newest Paramount+ particular, South Park The Streaming Wars Part 2, Matt Stone and Trey Parker took their superstar mockery to a brand new stage by asking an obscenely gross query: If celebrities will thoughtlessly endorse one thing as risky as crypto, why wouldn’t they endorse pee?
To make sense of one of many grossest stunts South Park has pulled in years, we have to step again a second. Each components of The Streaming Wars centered on the drought in Colorado. On the finish of Half 1, it was revealed that waterpark proprietor Pi-Pi was working with ManBearPig (aka local weather change) to eradicate all of Colorado’s freshwater streams. He hoped that with out every other possibility, Denver must make a take care of him and change its water provide with urine. Sure, that’s revolting. And to promote his vile plan to the residents of Colorado, Pi-Pi recruited each superstar who endorsed cryptocurrency earlier than its meltdown in 2022.
South Park began with this embarrassing gang’s chief: Matt Damon. In a industrial that mimics the vibes of Damon’s “Fortune favors the courageous” ad spot for Cypto.com, this animated Damon exhibits off all of the methods pee can be utilized instead of water. He waters his garden, takes a bathe, cooks pasta, and even treats himself to a yellow popsicle. Each time his face comes near the substance, he has to withstand the urge to puke. And but Matt Damon trudges on, dedicated to endorsing this horrible concept and getting his paycheck, penalties be damned.
Issues solely get grosser from there. Gwyneth Paltrow drinks urine out of a teacup after an offscreen man pees in it. Larry David takes it a step additional, utilizing the stream of pee like his personal private water fountain. Tennis professional Naomi Osaka has to eat a salad coated in urine. However the worst scene is reserved for Reese Witherspoon. After speaking about how a lot she trusts crypto, she dunks her head in an inflatable pool of piss as she bobs for apples. Proper earlier than each certainly one of these horrifying scenes, the superstar at their middle chants “Fortune favors the courageous” as if it’s the one mantra that may assist them overcome this nightmare.
After all, this being South Park, all of it ends with these celebrities sitting in a wave pool stuffed with pee. Tonelessly, they are saying in unison, “All of us love being in pee. Are ur-ine?” By the top of the scene, Pi-Pi asks Reese Witherspoon to cry pee. When she says she will’t, he says, “You slut your self out for crypto. Now simply be a slut for pee pee.” By the top of it, all the celebrities are crying.
Each superstar who seems on this episode has endorsed crypto up to now couple of years. Matt Damon is the perfect recognized spokesperson, however there’s additionally Larry David’s FTX’s Super Bowl commercial, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon’s push to get extra ladies concerned in investing, and Naomi Osaka, who grew to become an ambassador for the crypto exchange FTX. The issue with these celebrity-endorsed crypto pushes is that they all fail to explain simply how dangerous and risky cryptocurrency may be. This billion-dollar business that appeared to return out of nowhere has recently been losing billions.
Maybe what’s most stunning about all of that is how a lot South Park cares about these endorsements. Celebrities endorse defective merchandise and questionable issues on a regular basis. That latter half is basically Goop’s whole status. However the crypto push has actually rubbed Stone and Parker the flawed method. South Park Season 25 made multiple references to those advertisements, a lot in order that it grew to become a recurring joke that anytime somebody did one thing courageous they wanted to fret about Matt Damon stealing their cash. That season even had a number of jokes about how Season 25 was making too many Matt Damon jokes. That The Streaming Wars Half 2 continues to be making them exhibits simply how a lot these commercials aggravated Stone and Parker.