Usually South Park is not a place a celebrity wants to perform. Trey Parker and Matt Stone were vicious in their satire on Ben Affleck, Mel Gibson, Michael Bay, Tom Cruise, and many more. However, her show benefited a celebrity, New Zealand singer Wing.
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The South Park Season 9 episode “Wing” lets the boys start a talent agency. The real singer Wing becomes one of their customers. On their DVD comment track. Parker and Stone discussed working with Wing and what the episode meant for their singing careers.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone discovered “Wing” and put them in “South Park”
Parker remembered Wing as an early viral sensation. In the days before social media, he received a personal recommendation.
“I can’t remember who directed us to Wing first,” said Parker. “But it was one of those internet things that someone felt like going to this internet site. I think it was just wingmusic.com. “
The Wingmusic.co.nz website was not updated in 2012 after their 20th album. Stone was impressed with Wing’s musical choices.
“She just released an album with AC / DC covers,” said Stone.
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Parker remained a fan until they wrote a South Park episode specifically about Wing.
“We went on it online and thought this was a joke?” Said Parker. “That’s either a super cute joke or a super cute non-joke. Basically, we just kept downloading the music. Whenever I felt down, I would download some wing that sings The Carpenters. So we got the idea that we love wing music so much, how can we have wing on the show? Then the idea came up that the boys would be their managers. Then it was a race, of course it all depended on us getting the actual footage from Wing and being able to use it on the show. “
Wing wasn’t sure about South Park but played along
This wasn’t Wing’s first rodeo. She was aware of South Park’s satire, but she went along with it anyway.
“In the whole thing, she didn’t know, was it a joke about her or were we serious, big fans?” Said Parker. “It didn’t matter because after the show aired, we published the name of their website at the end of the show. I guess your website went so crazy it crashed. She was so happy. A month later I received this card in the mail that said, ‘Thank you, Mr. Parker’. She made a lot of money, it made her career. She is super excited about it. “
Stone continues to recommend Wing.
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“It’s pretty bold,” said Stone. “I think it’s Wingmusic.com and check it out. You will feel that you have really made nothing of your life when you look at what she has done with her life. “
Wing only had one caveat
Usually South Park doesn’t involve celebrities in their own satire. Most celebrities wouldn’t approve of it anyway. Since Wing cooperated, they complied with one of her requests.
“The only thing she worried about was that she didn’t want to look ugly,” said Parker.
Stone added how they sent Wing South Park specs for their character.
“Oh yeah, she had to approve her drawing,” said Stone. “We had to send her a JPEG of her character so she could approve it. She looks good.”