'South Park' Censors Show After Threats
It's not like "South Park" hasn't made fun of a jillion things in the past, but apparently taking aim at the Islamic prophet Muhammad is a big no-no.
Last week's 200th episode saw the South Park boys poking fun at celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand - and trying to bring the Prophet Muhammad to their small fictional Colorado town. Here's a trailer:
A fundamentalist Muslim website lashed out Sunday at 'South Park' creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone about the episode, which was a two-parter, and wrote on their website "We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid, and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them."
Theo van Gogh, a Dutch independent filmmaker, was killed by an Islamic militant in Amsterdam in 2004 after he made a film that discussed the abuse of Muslim women in some Islamic societies.
In the second part, which aired Wednesday on Comedy Central, Parker and Stone did use a "Censored" graphic, and an audio bleep was heard when the name Muhammad was said. But apparently it wasn't enough.
A message appeared Thursday morning on SouthParkStudios.com, stating the episode could not be streamed, per usual. "After we delivered the show, and prior to broadcast, Comedy Central placed numerous additional audio bleeps throughout the episode," the message said.
Parker and Stone posted their own statement: "In the 14 years we've been doing 'South Park' we have never done a show that we couldn't stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn't some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle's customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn't mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped, too. We'll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we'll see what happens to it."