We are happy to report that Yelp is not suing Comedy Central or the creators of South Park.
Headlines to the contrary are yet another case of Parody Taken Seriously.
Last week, a South Park episode called, “You’re Not Yelping,” skewered the popular restaurant review site Yelp.
This clip from the episode, which like most things South Park, is probably NSFW:
A hilariously and somewhat convincing parody article published by NBC.com.co indicated Yelp was filing suit, and could obtain up to $10 million in damages.
The episode, which aired last week, is titled “You’re Not Yelping” and features various characters going on power trips at restaurants because they believe writing Yelp reviews makes them legitimate food critics. It also compares Yelpers to ISIS.
The parody article includes a well-crafted fake statement from a Yelp spokesperson that reads: “Our company, along with its millions of users, take Yelp very seriously… To say our critics are out there trying to get free food and using racist slurs on little Mexican children is beyond ridiculous. To compare the users of Yelp to terrorists is not only cruel, but the definition of libel and slander.”
It also features a hilarious statement allegedly from Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of the show, who gave the lawsuit a one-star review:
“We’ve taken a hard look at the information presented to us, and after reviewing it, we have given Yelp and their lawsuit only one star. Their lawyers delivered us legal documents in a very unprofessional manner; not bothering to smile or even a quick handshake. The writing on the envelope was barely legible and in two different colors. It is our personal opinion that Yelp could do a much better job by not suing us for ten million dollars.”
A real Yelp spokesperson tells Eater that the company has no plans to actually sue South Park. “The rumor about a Yelp lawsuit is entirely untrue and was started by a satire site that has received far too much media credibility.” She adds, “We have no interest in legal action against the fantastic team that makes the South Park magic happen.”
Yelp also took to Twitter to assure followers the whole ordeal was fake:
— Yelp (@Yelp) October 21, 2015
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