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Illustration for article titled Man wins imaginary victory over emSouth Park/ems imaginary copyright infringement of his imaginary childrens show

In a damning allegation of copyright infringement that has ruined South Park in the realm of pure imagination, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are being sued by one Exavier Wardlaw, who claims that the "Lollipop King" character seen in their 2007 episode "Imaginationland" is a direct rip-off of his own creation, The Lollipop Forrest [sic]. Of course, as you may surmise from the tardiness of Wardlaw's lawsuit, the apparently unintentional misspelling of "forest" in the title, the fact you've never heard of The Lollipop Forrest [sic] until today, that his creation seems to exist solely as a YouTube trailer uploaded just last year, etc., Wardlaw's claim that South Park "diminished the value" of his show by having their Lollipop King choked out by a Stormtrooper and bear witness to an act of teabagging makes sense solely in a world of imaginary things. And yet, as "Imaginationland" reminds us, imaginary things are real in Imaginationland, where parody is protected by evil smirking gnomes who are easily thwarted with hugs, and thus Exavier Wardlaw is already an imaginary hero.

It's not the first imaginary victory for Exavier Wardlaw, who—as this video commentary on the making of the show that doesn't actually exist will attest—first created The Lollipop Forrest [sic] as an act of "artistic rebellion" against "the many hip-hop songs at the time" with "lollipop" in the lyrics, songs that Wardlaw says concerned "things that you would not discuss with your mother." Wardlaw, indeed, believes these hip-hop songs are "a communist conspiracy to destroy the youth of America," which is a very rational position in Imaginationland. And so, much like he has now imaginary-vanquished South Park, Wardlaw valiantly combated hip-hop's Red Menace and its evil blowjob-indoctrination techniques with the creation of The Lollipop Forrest [sic], for which we can all pretend to be grateful while Parker and Stone pretend to feel bad.

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