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Recap / South Park S 12 E 2 Britneys New Look

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The boys decide to cash in on capturing footage of Britney Spears' current erratic behaviour, as that's making the news more than anything about the 2008 election or the war in Iraq, but when Britney blows her head off after mistaking Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Butters for her children and is still forced to perform and make appearances, the boys must save Britney from the trappings of fame.

"Britney's New Look" contains examples of:

  • Downer Ending: Despite Stan and Kyle's best attempts to get her to safety, Britney is still caught by the townspeople and sacrificed by being photographed to death.
  • Heel Realization: Seeing Britney Spears nearly kill herself makes Stan and Kyle realize how wrong what they did was
  • Heel–Face Turn: And they spend the rest of the episode trying to save Britney from everyone harassing her
  • Here We Go Again!: After Britney's death, everyone then notices Miley Cyrus is becoming popular and name her the newest sacrifice...
  • Jerkass: Randy forces Stan and his friends to watch the news despite their protests.
    • The entire paparazzi who bullied, stalked, and harassed Britney even after nearly killing herself, part of it being that she's a Human Sacrifice to improve crop yield. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Randy is one of them.
  • Lemony Narrator: When Stan and Britney are on a train to the North Pole while a disguised Kyle takes care of the paparazzi.
  • Losing Your Head: Britney's failed suicide took off most of her head but left her brain stem intact, leaving her still alive and mobile, but unable to speak, see, hear, or comprehend what's happened to her.
  • Not So Above It All: Sharon and Liane are among those seen in the paparazzi mob that photographed Britney to death.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The plot is based on the short story The Lottery.
    • The scene where Stan tries to get Britney to the North Pole is a parody of Frosty the Snowman, right down to the Jimmy Durante-esque narrator.
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    • Britney's titular new look is a reference to Mike the Headless Chicken.
  • Take That!: To people who over obsess over celebrities lives. It talks about the obsession with celebrities our society has, but the episode asks the important question, "Who cares?" There's no doubt that people love bullshit, but this episode says, "For the love of God, get a fucking life and stop thinking how you can live through others!"

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