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The Boys season 4: did you spot this discreet joke with Starlight in episode 1?

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Barely three episodes and season 4 of The Boys is already full of easter eggs and questionable jokes, and there’s one in particular with Starlight that caught the attention of some fans.

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Series The Boys made a return with great fanfare, fans being treated to the first three episodes of season 4 upon its release. Episodes which remained faithful to what makes the Prime Video series so charming, being filled with easter eggs, missed references and scenes, each more crude and salacious than the last.

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And the latest one to cause a stir on social media almost seems like a coincidence, but fans are convinced that series creator Eric Kripke had something to do with it.

“Anyone else notice that the text on the wall of the Starlight Foundation forms the word ASSFART?” a fan posted on Reddit about episode 1 of season 4.

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Sure enough, when Annie walks past the Starlight House sign that says “A Safe Space for At-Risk Teens,” the first letters of each word are exactly what is written.

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“I wonder if they did it on purpose,” another fan commented, while a third added, “Typical Kripke. You should always place a sex joke at least once every few episodes; there should be as much teenage sexual humor as possible. And don’t even get me started on the ‘can we do worse than last time, make this one even more shocking AND disgusting’ superhero sex scenes.”

“Don’t get me wrong — I love The Boys, and I’m a fan of Kripke — but watching this, I sometimes feel like his ‘inner child’ is perpetually stuck in middle school,” they added.

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And yet, ASSFART is clearly not the most shocking scene of season 4 of The Boys so far. Some will think in particular of this “tribute” to the horror film The Human Centipede which we saw in episode 2.

If that wasn’t enough, the series was also criticized for a “wild” remark made by Homelander in the opening minutes of episode 1, as he made a somewhat inappropriate comment to Ryan and Zoe as the two young go to get ice cream.

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While many didn’t notice ASSFART, most agree that it was intentional — although some fans argue that Kripke’s shock humor goes far beyond what one might think. At first sight.

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“I feel like a boomer saying this, but I miss superhero scenes when they weren’t just thrown in for shock value,” argued one fan. “They kind of contributed to the plot. Remember the Popclaw scene in season 1? Yes, it was brutal to watch, but it also allowed them to gain leverage over her, and that’s what ultimately led them to discover Compound-V.”

“Do you think the series is excessive? You’d have a hard time with the original comic,” retorted another.

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A third clarified, “If you watched ‘Behind The Boys,’ Kripke thought he had to stay within limits with Amazon Prime Video.”

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If Kripke is just starting to let loose, who knows what Season 4 of The Boys has in store for us, without even talking about the final season of the series. But will she be able to surpass the famous Herogasm from the previous season? The bets have been made.

To find out more about season 4 of The Boys, here is the release schedule for the episodes. Also find out why fans are praising the hilarious performance of the “fake” Black Noir, or even if the La Crème actor has been recast.

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