When “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker depicted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle—making cartoon characters out of them—the celeb couple threatened to sue. This inspired the New York Post to interview Stone and Parker.
The creators said their work has been the subject of “various lawsuits,” adding that they have been criticized so many times “we can’t even remember.” But they did remember one critic: the Catholic League.
“It [the criticism] was all coming from the right, we were considered counterculture. The Catholic League are always on our a-s—it kind of always came from that side.” Bill Donohue immediately set them straight.
“After I was lampooned on April 4, 2007—I was portrayed as taking over as pope from Pope Benedict XVI (only to be done in by Jesus)—I was asked on TV why I didn’t sue them. I didn’t and that is because I am a public figure, and therefore under New York Times v. Sullivan (1964), I am fair game.”
In fact, the day after Donohue was depicted, he said the following:
“I have no idea why ‘South Park’ creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker caricature me as a heartless thug. In any event, I stand convicted and have no defense. Now I have to get back to business—I hear someone just took liberties with the Easter Bunny.”
Every year since 2007, Comedy Central runs the “South Park” episode, “Fantastic Easter Special,” featuring Donohue. Check your listings close to Easter.