Ed Sheeran said South Park 'ruined his life' with Ginger Kids episode

Vicki Newman August 13, 2022
Ed Sheeran said South Park 'ruined his life' with Ginger Kids episode


South Park premiered 25 years ago on this day (August 13) in 1997 and is beloved around the world for its lovable cast of sweary kids, outrageous humor and rib-tickling celebrity parodies – but people don’t always see the funny side, including Ed Sheeran who once claimed a particular episode had ruined his life.

The Emmy Award-winning series, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has been going for 25 seasons and has also spawned a feature film, a string of feature-length specials, video games and soundtracks.

While it’s won fans around the world, one person who hasn’t always been keen is Shape of You singer Ed.

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Ed’s issue with South Park

Ed, 31, once said that the Ginger Kids episode of South Park ruined his life.

The 11th episode of season nine first aired in 2005 and sees Cartman give a presentation at school about the disease Gingervitus, which he says gives kids pale skin, freckles and red hair.

He goes on to liken ginger kids to vampires, saying that can’t go out in the sun and are “cursed”.

Cartman Giving a Gingervitus Presentation to Class – SOUTH PARK | South Park Studios official YouTube

He says: “And unless we work to rid the world of that curse the gingers could envelop our lives in blackness for all time. It is time that we all admit for ourselves that gingers are vile and disgusting.”

Watch the clip of Cartman’s presentation here.

What did Ed say about it?

Earlier this year, dad-of-two Ed said in an interview that the episode “ruined his life” and made people think it was uncool to have ginger hair.

He said that people constantly made fun of him because of his hair color back home in the UK.

But he found that when he visited America his flaming locks were met with a different reaction, from people who told him they loved his hair – that was until the episode aired.

The star said on Slam Radio: “Having red hair in England was always a thing that people took the p**s out of you for. But it was never something in America. People never knew what a ginger was in America. 

“That episode of South Park f*****g ruined my life. I was going to America and everyone was like ‘I love your hair dude.’ And I was like ‘Oh my God, people like my hair?’

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“And then I remember that episode coming out and that was just it worldwide for the rest of my life.”

Despite that, Ed says he’s actually a big fan of the show and would love to provide a voice for it one day.

Going viral

A YouTuber named CopperCab went viral after he ranted about South Park’s treatment of gingers.

His video, posted in 2010, came in response to an episode of the cartoon which suggested ginger people don’t have souls.

His angry rant was an instant hit and has had more than 47 million views.

See the video here, but be warned it does include some bad language.

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Vicki is the Deputy Global Editor for Entertainment & Gaming and obsessed with all things showbiz. She was previously an Assistant Showbiz Editor at the Mirror, and is continuing to make a living off the back of her stalker-level knowledge of the Kardashians.