What kind of world do we live in when parodies aren’t safe from plagiarism? One of the biggest films of the past summer was Christopher Nolan’s fantasy flick Inception. It was a box office and critical success, which left the whole world confused as to what it was about. Several parody videos popped up following its release including one from College Humor.com, which we posted ourselves. Now here’s where it gets tricky. In last week’s episode of the Comedy Central hit “South Park” they also aired a parody of the film and it used some of the same dialogue that was present in the College Humor version.

According to an article in the New York Times, “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have issued an apology to College Humor for the obvious similarities between their sketches. Stone stated, “we do the show in six days, and we’re stupid and we just threw it together. But in the end, there are some lines that we had to call and apologize for.” It turns out that at the time of production the duo hadn’t actually seen Inception, and couldn’t catch it in theaters or get an advanced DVD copy, so they went to the net and watched other parodies.

Here’s some examples of the too close for comfort dialogue:

  • College Humor: “We need to move to the next dream level before these projections kill us”
  • “South Park:” “We need to move them all to the next dream level before the projections kill them.”
  • In Both: “Sometimes my thoughts of my dead wife manifest themselves as trains.”

The College Humor video was written by Dan Gurewitch and David Young. Gurewitch stated on his blog that he accepted Stone and Parker’s apology and “All is well.” We’re going to meet up with Matt and Trey when they’re in New York.”

What do you think? Was it lazy on Parker and Stone’s part or was it an honest mistake?