South Park style avatars

I don't know why but since some time ago everybody has a South Park style personalized avatar in every possible place where one can put a personal image. Blogs, instant messaging programs, flickr... And am I the only one which thinks that they are HORRIBLE?

I personally never liked South Park and couldn't resist watching a whole chapter, but now I am starting to think that I should delete from my contacts list -or move to a special group of contacts that I will never open again- all those people with these ugly icons.

STOP USING THEM! Put your own picture! I want to talk with you, not with an stupid South Park character.