Irish star Sinead O’Connor, who has recently been in the spotlight due her online spat with Miley Cyrus, was featured in the ever controversial “South Park.” O’Connor, who issued an open letter to the former Disney singer out of concern for her image, especially in the video for “Wrecking Ball,” took on the same “motherly” role in the Comedy Central animated series.
In the most recent episode of the highly popular TV series, "South Park," Kyle’s adopted, Canadian infant-brother, Ike, begins to go through puberty. The sudden changes in his body and psyche place an expanding wedge between the two brothers.
Ike, who until this episode has always been a split-headed (literally) toddler, now finds himself with patchy facial hair, acne, and raging hormones. Kyle attempts to re-establish their connection with their favorite past-time; television programs.
While watching Yo Gabba Gabba! Ike mentions his desire to see a live taping, a desperate Kyle makes it happen. While at the show/taping/ what ever the hell it is, Ike makes his way on stage and becomes, uh, intimate with “Foofa” in front of the whole crowd, disturbing parents and their children alike. Then in a quintessentially South Parkian manner, he becomes Foofa’s manager.
Once Ike starts as her manager, she begins acting more provocatively a la Miley Cyrus. In comes Super Sinead O’Connor! Face tats and all. She and Yo Gabba Gabba! appeal for Foofa to go back to the toddler and young children circuit. The episode then turns into a weirdly satirical yet preachy sing-along about slut-shaming that was mildly misogynistic. Then again, this is South Park. So I don’t really know what I expected.
In the end it turns out that Ike had been receiving a dose of male testosterone pills instead of his baby medications in some kind of Canadian Medicare mix-up leading to the crude hi-jinx with Yo Gabba Gabba. The medication snafu is resolved and likable baby Ike returns to just that.
I have read O’Connor’s letter to Miley and I think her advice, albeit unsolicited, was of the best intentions. Seeing as Sinead was once in a similar situation it came from experience and a desire to save someone from falling down the same path. The way she went about advising Foofa was not anything like the way the real Sinead went about trying to advise Miley.
Typical South Park though, the episode wrapped up with a Tom Brady/poop joke because hey, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right?
Here’s a clip from the show: