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  • This is the first Christmas themed episode since Season Eight's "Woodland Critter Christmas".
  • The police making racist jokes, bullying, and telling each other to choke and shoot the black men are referring to the shooting of Michael Brown and the choking death of Eric Garner.
  • Kenny does not appear in this episode. Thus making this another season where he doesn't die.
  • According to the South Park Live Tweet, the staff had to debate on how to make this episode, whether to make it two separate episodes or a two parter, leaving PewDiePie, EA and Activision (The makers of Call of Duty and Dragon Age) waiting for some time.

References to Popular Culture

  • Miley Cyrus is seen swinging on an ornament, which is a reference to her popular song, Wrecking Ball.
  • Tony Benett and Lady Gaga performing together is a reference to their collaborative album Cheek to Cheek which was released three months prior to the episode's original airing.
  • The hologram of Kurt Cobain loads a shotgun and briefly holds it up to his mouth, which refers to how the real Kurt Cobain committed suicide.
    • During Kurt Cobain's segment on the Christmas show, a live tweet from @D_Grohl77 reads "I miss you Kurt so much.... #courtneydidit #Ihatecartmanbrah." This is a reference to Cobain's former band member and founding member of the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, and the popular theory that Cobain's wife, Courtney Love, killed him.
    • Following @D_Grohl77's tweet, a tweet from @CeeLovesHole reads "Smashing Pumpkins were better. #Ihatecartmanbrah". This is also referring to Courtney Love and her band, Hole. It is also a reference to the band, The Smashing Pumpkins, whose lead singer Billy Corgan had been involved with Love before and after Cobain's death.
  • Michael Jackson dressed up as Peter Pan is a reference to the televised musical production of Peter Pan Live!, which aired one month prior to the original air date of this episode.
  • The hologram plot references the 1984 film The Terminator
    • Tupac entering the police station to kill Michael Jackson and causing the police to shoot at him references the Terminator arriving at a LAPD station to kill Sarah Connor, leading to a massive shootout.
    • The theme music when Tupac appears in the scene parodies the main theme from the film.
  • Cartman references Johnny Depp and the movie Transcendence.
    • Cartman evetunally taking over the monitors and Time Square also parodies the film.
  • PewDiePie, a YouTube celebrity, makes a major interacting appearance in this episode.
    • During the live tweet, it was revealed that the idea for the episode came as Trey Parker's step-son loves watching PewDiePie instead of playing with Trey.
    • PewDiePie was on vacation in Japan when his scenes were filmed.
  • Footage of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Dragon Age: Inquisition are seen in this episode. Both games came out a month before this episode originally aired.
    • According to the live tweet, Activision and EA, the respective publishers of the games, were excited to work with South Park Studios and have their games featured in the episode.
  • Comedian/actor Bill Cosby trying to molest singer Taylor Swift during the Holiday Special refers to the sexual assault allegations on Cosby, which occurred during the time around the making of this episode.
    • Taylor Swift's outfit is based on Esther Williams' appearance, when she performs Baby, it's Cold Outside with Ricardo Montalbán in the film Neptune's Daughter.
    • The scene also parodies the controversy surrounding the song's lyrics, as some feminists believe the lyrics encourage sexual harassment and date rape.
    • During the scene, a tweet from @jojo_doe reads "Fat Albert Forever.#mushmouth #ihatecartmanbrah." in reference to the cartoon series Fat Albert which Cosby created, produced and starred in and character James "Mushmouth" Mush.
    • After she asks him what is in the drink, he spells out "J-E-L-L-O" in reference to the gelatin/pudding company Jell-O, as Cosby appeared in their ads for over two decades.
  • An announcer mentions that the Holiday Special is sponsored by Nabisco and Dolly Madison. Both are real snack food companies.
  • Ron, the man in the lether jacket is based on Ron Perry, a music executive and CEO of Columbia Records.[1]




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