South Park is known for its controversial humour and brutal portrayal of celebrities, making the headlines most recently for an episode featuring Meghan Markle.
However, now Paris Hilton has opened up about how she felt after being parodied on the show, all the way back on 2004.
In an episode titled ‘Stupid Spoiled W***e Video Playset’, the reality star said it made her feel ‘sick’ to watch.
The episode follows a group of girls in South Park who are newly obsessed with the reality TV star, and seek to emulate her by becoming, as the show put it, ‘stupid spoiled wh**es’.
Hilton’s character is seen to have wonky eyes, wearing little clothing, and at at one point, her chihuahua even commits suicide after growing tired of being her pet.
In her new book, Paris: The Memoir, Hilton opened up about how the episode made her feel at the time, and the backlash she received for it.
“The poster featured my face and the tagline: ‘Watch Paris die!’ I didn’t mind that marketing approach, and I wasn’t naïve about why they chose it.”
“I’m the title character, but they also apply that epithet to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Tara Reid, and all the little girls who were fans, which upset me more than anything ugly they could say about me.”
“It also upsets me that the episode graphically portrays Tinkerbell [Hilton’s pet dog] being shot and killed.”
“The thought of that made me sick. I’ve been involved in some pretty edgy media, but I don’t even know where something like that comes from.”
Hilton’s decision not to speak out at the time also led her apparently receiving some harsh words from one half of South Park’s creative team.