South Park and the Muhammad Episode

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I didn’t see the episode but onegoodmove has a clip of it. Here’s the background on the show if you haven’t been paying attention.

NEW YORK – Banned by Comedy Central from showing an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, the creators of “South Park” skewered their own network for hypocrisy in the cartoon’s most recent episode.

The comedy – in an episode aired during Holy Week for Christians – instead featured an image of Jesus Christ defecating on President Bush and the American flag.

In an elaborately constructed two-part episode of their Peabody Award-winning cartoon, “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker intended to comment on the controversy created by a Danish newspaper’s publishing of caricatures of Muhammad. Muslims consider any physical representation of their prophet to be blasphemous.

When the cartoons were reprinted in newspapers worldwide in January and February, it sparked a wave of protests primarily in Islamic countries.

Parker and Stone were angered when told by Comedy Central several weeks ago that they could not run an image of Muhammad, according to a person close to the show who didn’t want to be identified because of the issue’s sensitivity.

The network’s decision was made over concerns for public safety, the person said.

3 Comments

  1. It was a pretty good one. The “retaliation cartoon” made by Muslims shown at the end was pretty funny. It showed Jesus, several Americans and Bush pooping on the American flag. Pooping Jesus is OK, but Mohammed “standing there, acting normal” is not OK.

    Sure. What happened to Comedy Central? First they piss off Chappelle and now are scared of the First Amendment.

  2. I have to say it was with great dissapointment that I watched the second episode only to find that comedy central had censored the image, its about time people stopped pussy footing around areas like this because of fear of offending people, freedom of speech is way more important. I wonder when (if) this ever airs in the UK whether the same thing will happen.

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