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South Park: Is Latest Target Lance Armstrong?
Cartoon comedy show South Park's latest target appears to be disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
In a teaser clip released by Comedy Central, an episode titled A Scause For Applause shows residents of the fictional American town standing in line to get their yellow wristbands removed.
While the clip for the episode, to be shown on October 31, does not refer to Armstrong by name, Comedy Central said in a statement that it deals with "the recent news of drug use by a beloved icon" leaving "the world feeling lost and betrayed".
Armstrong, who was stripped of his Tour de France titles and banned for life earlier this month for doping, used yellow wristbands to promote his charity Livestrong.
In the South Park episode the news has left the town enraged and upset as foul-mouthed Eric Cartman, one of the show's four lead children, declares: "I can't believe we all got duped."
School counsellor Mr Mackey sobs as his bracelet is removed, saying: "I don't know what to believe in anymore."
Armstrong, 41, who became a hero after battling cancer to dominate the world of professional cycling, has always denied taking performance enhancing drugs.
He was banned from the sport after 11 of his former team-mates testified against him and the United States Anti-Doping Agency published a report which alleged he had been involved in the "most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen".
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are known for responding quickly to current affairs and taboo subjects for their comedy show, which has become a cult hit.
They previously landed in hot water after drawing the Muslim prophet Mohammed dressed in a bear costume in a 2006 episode.
Other targets have included golfer Tiger Woods and socialite Paris Hilton.