Did last night’s ‘South Park’ give your Alexa a potty mouth? You’re not alone

Posted September 14th, 2017

“South Park” returned for its 21st(!) season premiere Wednesday night, carrying on creators Trey Stone’s and Matt Parker’s irreverent skewering of American culture. 

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But Wednesday night’s episode, featuring a storyline about automation and Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Google Home devices, caused real-life Alexa and Google Home devices to go off all across America.

“White People Renovating Houses” is mostly about the white nationalist movement, but a subplot involving the rise of digital assistants in the home and the effect that automation has had on human jobs plays a big part. In one scene, Cartman is looking for his home’s Alexa device before his mother informs him that they got rid of it in favor of Jim Bob, a real-life human who is loaded down with gadgets equipped to do everything Alexa does.

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Cartman also naturally delights in getting Alexa to say some pretty NSFW insults and phrases. (Really though, let he who is without sin cast the first stone and all that...) This resulted in viewers’ real-life devices being activated, with many people’s shopping lists now featuring items like “t---y chips” and “big hairy b---s.”

Twitter was amused, kind of. (WARNING: Some of the videos in the tweets below contain coarse language.)

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Guess it’s time to unplug those devices next time those foul-mouthed Coloradoans take the screen, just in case the Alexa bit becomes a recurring gag. Oh also, the episode also features a country music rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” courtesy of Jim Bob. You’re welcome.