The creators of South Park have responded to anger over an episode which featured the repeated use of an anti-gay slur.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) demanded that the satirical show’s producers apologise for the “rampant use” of the anti-gay slurs “fag” and “faggot” in a recent episode.

The episode of the long running show aimed to comment on the changing meaning of words, in this case the way that the word “fag” was increasingly popularly used as an insult separate from a person’s sexuality.

In response to GLAAD’s position, the show’s producers issued the following statement:

South Park is famous for tackling controversial subject matter in thoughtful and hilarious ways. This particular episode of the show has been both criticised and applauded within the gay and lesbian community. With all of that in mind, we will let this South Park episode speak for itself.”

GLAAD have not commented on the statement but continued to call on their website for people to contact Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, “to share your personal stories of the negative impact the F-word and other anti-gay slurs have had on your life.”

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