South Park helped prove that Slash doesn’t really exist, showed Ozzy eating the head of a child, made Dio play a school dance, declared Slayer as the ultimate hippie-detractor, and had Rush play for a mourning Canada. Now the beloved cartoon has helped display another heavy act in a new light: Van Halen as the symbol of world peace.
In last night’s episode, titled “Ginger Cow,” religious leaders of Judaism, Islam and Christianity settle their differences in Jerusalem in front of millions of cheering world-citizens. Upon the beginning of a new start, all three religious symbols morph into the iconic Van Halen logo, followed by animated version of (present-day) Van Halen ripping into “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.” “The party is officially underway. Jews, Christians and Muslims have united, ushering in 10 years of Van Halen,” explains the on-site reporter in the episode.
It’s funny enough to see the religious symbols morphing into a VH logo. But seeing real-action footage of Muslims and Jews bouncing along to “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” is priceless and worth wasting five minutes of your time watching. Why the South Park creators chose Van Halen is beyond us, but who gives a crap? You can watch the full episode online for a limited time, but watch the scenes from last night’s episode featuring Van Halen below.