Ed Sheeran slams 2005 episode of ‘South Park’ after it ‘ruined’ his life

These days, it can be hard to imagine Ed Sheeran being anything other than universally beloved. The best-selling musician burst onto the music scene in 2011 and hasn’t let up since. Along with having chart-topping hits and a worldwide following, Sheeran has also endeared himself to fans with some impressive collaborations and even a game of thrones cameo.

Despite his popularity, Sheeran admits he hasn’t always had it so easy. He pointed to an unlikely source of his problems: South Park.

Ed Sheeran was born in Halifax, England

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Sheeran was born in 1991 in Halifax, England. Born into a family of artists, Sheeran grew up in the small town of Framlingham in Suffolk, England, with his art curator father and jeweler mother. The jet-setter has performed all over the world with many fans in the United States, but he still calls England home.

The charm of his hometown extends to the sweet story of how he met his now-wife. Like Brides.com reports, Sheeran met Cherry Seaborn in elementary school when she was 11 years old. While the two settled down closer to home, they actually found each other and sparked a romance across the pond. Sheeran was touring the United States and Seaborn was living in Manhattan. Their paths crossed and the rest, as they say, is history.

Sheeran and Seaborn welcomed a baby girl in 2020. While the couple have remained quiet about their personal lives, fans are eager to find out if their daughter shares Sheeran’s fiery locks.

Ed Sheeran accuses 2005 episode of ‘South Park’ of causing global ridicule

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As fans clamor to find out if Sheeran’s baby girl shares her striking red hair, Sheeran opened up about how being a “redhead” hasn’t always been a great experience. Making fun of being a redhead was commonplace for Sheeran as a kid. Like Initiated reports, Sheeran said, “Having red hair in England was always something people made fun of you for.”

He thought he would get a reprieve from the mockery when he headed to America. “But it was never something in America. People never knew what a ginger was in America,” Sheeran explained. However, that all changed with an episode of South Park.

The 2005 episode was titled “Ginger Kids” and made mocking redheads a central theme. Prior to the show’s release, Sheeran enjoyed compliments on her hair from Americans. After its release, however, the ridicule went “global,” according to the singer. “This episode of South Park damn ruined my life.

“South Park” has been the subject of many long-term reviews

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Since its creation in 1997, South Park boldly drew criticism for pushing boundaries on a range of topics. Over the years, they have drawn the ire of many different groups. One episode – which featured a bleeding Virgin Mary – was even pulled from Comedy Central.

They’ve managed to ridicule just about everyone over the years, from Muslims to the Chinese president. Making people cringe and causing a stir has become part of the show’s overall ethos. At this point, it’s more impressive than South Park can come up with something new that will still shock viewers. They’ve pushed things to the limit so many times it’s hard to imagine them finding a topic that ups the ante.

With that in mind, Sheeran’s memories of the redhead mockery spreading seem pretty tame. He has just been added to a long list of people who South Park insulted in order to keep their show relevant and entertaining.

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