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Ed Sheeran has claimed that the South Park episode 'Ginger Kids' ruined his life.
Broadcast 17 years ago during the cult animation's ninth season, this instalment saw Eric Cartman waking up to discover his hair colour had become ginger and his skin had turned much paler.
The ensuing discrimination caused him to rally all the other kids with red hair with the aim of becoming a master race.
In a recent interview with Slam Radio, award-winning singer-songwriter Sheeran revealed that some US citizens were unaware of the mockery sometimes associated with redheads prior to South Park's storyline.
"Having red hair in England was always a thing that people took the piss 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**king ruined my life," he added.
"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?' And then I remember that episode coming out and that was just it worldwide for the rest of my life."
Elsewhere, back in August, co-creator Matt Stone opened up about the franchise's exciting future after closing a mammoth deal with ViacomCBS.
"We have a South Park 3D video game, release date unknown. We're doing deep fakes. We have a studio with a dozen people who are deep fake artists. We're working on a little more of this deep fake movie we're trying to piece together," he told Bloomberg.
"We have a horror movie. A musical. I think we're really for the first time going to bring Tegridy Weed into real life. We are gunning for this restaurant that's just been abused in Colorado."
"We did a South Park movie in 1999, and we've never done another one because the show has been so satisfying," he continued. "Now we're older, and the idea of what streaming movies can be is pretty promising. We do whatever we want, and they are pretty supportive of it."
South Park airs on Comedy Central. It's also available via streaming services including Amazon Prime Video and NOW in the UK, with selected episodes on Netflix. In the US, it's also available on HBO Max.
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