This season of South Park has featured a reoccurring storyline involving Lorde as the secret alter-ego of Randy Marsh. While past episodes have seen the
18-year-old New Zealand pop star 45-year-old geologist trapped in an identity crisis, during last night’s airing his character dealt with the painful realities of the music industry in 2014.
Warning: Spoilers ahead. “It’s like everything these kids are in to today is just rehashed shit,” Stan Marsh says before the episode cuts to a “West African Gluten Crisis” benefit concert featuring pop stars Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Lorde, and Michael Jackson’s hologram.
When Randy expresses his hesitation over performing live, his manager replies, “It’s not about the music, it’s about comments,” adding, “You think what those people out there care what you sound like?” Randy counters, “That’s not what my music is about. I’m not reducing myself to that. I just think our young girls need something a little more positive as role models,” leading Iggy Azalela to chime in, “That’s easy for you to say, you don’t have a nice body.”
Later in the episode, Michael Jackson’s hologram escapes from the arena, leading the company behind the holograms to create one of Tupac. “Perhaps the best thing to stop a hologram is another hologram,” one of the scientists explains.
The episode concludes with Randy prepared to reveal his true identity as Lorde. However, his manager counters his move by introducing a Lorde hologram. “You can’t just replace artists with holograms. Who will create the content?” Randy exclaims, to which his manager responds, “Today commentary is the content.”
It appears the storyline will pick up next week with Cartman leading an army of holograms taking over the entertainment industry.
Replay the full episode and see a few screengrabs below.