“South Park” Finally Addresses Dr Pepper, Declares Popular Beverage To Be Agnostic
“South Park” ramped up the debate over their rather curious Dr Pepper connection on last night’s season finale by making the soft drink a semi-major plot point. The episode found Kenny and Cartman briefly living in a foster home run by a pair of strict Agnostics. As the father is giving his new children a tour of his home, he declares that they are only allowed to drink “Agnostic beverages.” He then opens the fridge to reveal it packed to the gills with Dr Pepper.
“What flavor is it?” the father opines as he holds up a can. “It is neither root beer nor cola. Nobody is sure what flavor it is, and nobody can be sure.”
The foster parents later get in trouble for providing nothing to drink but the Pep, and it’s eventually revealed they cruelly (and hilariously) punish the insolent members of their brood with gallons of the sticky sweetness. It should be noted that the episode singled out another leisure beverage, Pabst Blue Ribbon, as the cause of any and all domestic disputes between lower class caucasians in rural areas.
So, this would all seem to confirm Dr Pepper’s recent assertion that they have no affiliation with “South Park,” right? Would a Texas-based soft drink giant agree to get into bed with this show if it knew their product would be aligned with Agnostics? Would any soft drink company sign up for this if they knew their product would be used as a torture device on frightened children in a dimly lit basement? Doesn’t seem likely. I guess this was the Parker/Stone way of saying, “We do not have any kind of placement deal, we’re just gloriously fucking with another American institution.”
On the other hand, Dr Pepper got in bed with those rabble rousers Guns n’ Roses a few years ago by trying to give everyone in the country free soda to mark the release of Chinese Democracy. Granted, that turned into a complete wash, but it proves that this beverage brand isn’t above working with profane, subversive, and strange entertainment entities. Again, I declare this investigation ongoing, and the bottom shall be reached hopefully before I expire.
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If you watched the recent Comedy Central documentary on the making of a South Park episode, you’d have seen Trey Parker constantly consuming Diet Dr. Pepper during interviews and the production process. I think the connection may be as simple as him he just liking the beverage.
I missed that doc, but I think you’re right. I think the general assumption by now is that they just like the stuff. Yet it seems weird (maybe I’m being cynical) that these guys would pimp it out in their show sans kickbacks. Until Parker/Stone offer official comment, I remain just the tiniest bit skeptical.
“Would any soft drink company sign up for this if they knew their product would be used as a torture device on frightened children in a dimly lit basement? Doesn’t seem likely.”
imo a company would pay for this… putting any logo in an episode [and also the documentary] makes a lot of people think about it, subconsciously. Especially while it is part of the episode, which you will remember forever perhaps.
“I think the connection may be as simple as him he just liking the beverage.”
I disagree… if something comes on tv [=brandname/logo], it is payed for. Take Simpsons for instance. They use A LOT of fake names. You can know what they mean, but it isn’t but there literally.
Another thing about the episode though… I thought it was a poor choice to attack agnosticism. The idea is that it is between atheism and theism is false reasoning, because their is nothing between those two.
Allow me to explain, because I’m on fiyah: atheism/theism= dis/belief in a god or transcendent entities; gnosticism/agnosticism= whether you [u]think[/u] there is absolute knowledge.
An agnostic person is simply someone who believes that no knowledge is certain, but they can dis/believe [in] a God[s].
edit: forgot to point out:
the simpsons doesn’t name real brandnames because I think it is against policies. If they use brandnames, paying a certain wad of cash is mandatory. You know… regulations and shit.
I could be wrong, but that is just my deduction.
HOLY SHIT.. watch the episode 1% and skip to 5:10 or somewhere around that region… it is a doctor pepper can.
In the Vamp Kids episode Butters buys a crate of Dr Pepper.
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It’s fucking cherry almond flavour…why so serious? 😀