"South Park" Creators Slam "Spider-Man" Musical

Matt and Trey don't care for their friendly neighborhood superhero.

By Michael Preston
|  Friday, Feb 25, 2011  |  Updated 12:52 AM CDT
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Matt Stone and Trey Parker during 'Team America: World Police' Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Todd Williamson/FilmMagic)

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creative minds behind "South Park," have never been known to pull their punches when it comes to airing their thoughts on, well...anything. And the duo are sticking true to their outspoken reputations in regards to one of the most beleagured productions to hit Broadway in recent history.

Parker and Stone, who are producing their own show for the Great White Way - a musical called "The Book of Mormon" - slammed the much-hyped "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," reports Entertainment Weekly.

"It's horrible," Parker said. "I don't think there's any bombshell in us saying 'Spider-Man' sucks. Nobody thinks it's good."

Added Stone: "Obviously, art is subjective. But not in that case. That's just not good."

The show has suffered multiple production delays, story re-writes, injured actors and funding problems since it was first announced.

Stone said that both the subject matter and the creative team - which includes director Julie Taymor and U2's Bono and the Edge - behind the live-action Spidey play, made it fair game for criticism.

"[Spider-Man] wasn't like a labor of love or someone's life story. They were making a #$%^&^% "Spider-Man" [musical.] You don't get cut slack when you're Bono. And by the way, nobody's going to feel sorry for us, either."

When told of Parker and Stone's comments, a spokesman for "Spider-Man" simply said, "Everyone at 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' is, as always, flattered by the attention."

Selected Reading: Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, Newser

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