Thursday, April 22, 2010

Comedy Central (aka Cowardly Central) censors South Park’s Mohammed episode

Any South Park fans here? For those who are not, let me bring you up to speed. South Park was supposed to do a two-part episode that contained depictions of the Prophet Mohammed. While the first one aired with the creator’s, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, own censorship, Comedy Central heavily censored the second one. Comedy Central caved after receiving threats from a Muslim group. 
The New York Times: An episode of “South Park” that continued a story line involving the Prophet Muhammad was shown Wednesday night on Comedy Central with audio bleeps and image blocks reading “CENSORED” after a Muslim group warnedthe show’s creators that they could face violence for depicting that holy Islamic prophet. Revolution Muslim, a group based in New York, wrote on its Web site that the “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker “will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh” for an episode shown last week in which a character said to be the Prophet Muhammad was seen wearing a bear costume. Mr. Van Gogh was slain in Amsterdam in 2004 after making a film that discussed the abuse of Muslim women in some Islamic societies. posted this message on their website today:

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone issued this statement as well: 
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.

This is pathetic. Comedy Central has no problem running South Park’s jokes against other religions under the guise of artistic freedom of expression, but when faced with bully tactics and intimidation from the religion of peace, Comedy Central throws all of that high minded talk right out window and folds like a cheap house of cards.

Welcome to Cowardly Central; Where we only poke fun at religions that don’t fight back.


Anonymous said...

truly pathetic. Jesus was a regular on SP.

Rachel Ann said...

I never liked SP, never found it funny, was pretty much revolted by its denigrating various religions and beliefs, and if Comedy Central had killed the show long ago I wouldn't have cared.

But this infringes on the rights of free speech.

Disgusting show, but even more disgusting is the caving.

This is giving in to terror.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

The terrorist win this one.

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

The show is often repugnant, offensive and sometimes amusing. I don't care for it, I turn it off. End of story.
What is happening here is abominable. Thugs are dictating what can be seen or heard. The greatest insult to one's intelligence is that we must be fair and not offend Muslims. What rot! If you can offend any other group, then offend these guys, particularly as being threatened with death is offensive in and of itself!

Clifton B said...

Right Coast:

SP actually as offensive as it is, is at least willing to be offensive across the board. Comedy Central on the other hand kowtows.

Clifton B said...

Rachael Ann:

This is giving in to terror.

Clifton B said...

Fuzzy Slippers:

Bingo again!

Clifton B said...


I agree, if Comedy Central has no problem offending other groups, then go right ahead and offend this one. Especially if they are terrorized not to.

Janelle said...

Folks, I'd be a little worried about my employees if I was producing that do remember the doctor who cut his wife's head off for planning on divorcing him. That's in the USA and I've not seen a peep from the papers for a long time. Get it straight, people, you are perfectly free to practice your own religion, but you have to observe the laws of the county you live in. Otherwise get out.

Anonymous said...

Comedy Central is the celebration of bullying and pick on easy targets. I remember when the Chinese Communist first started persecuting the spiritual group Falun Gong in China, the first thing Jon Steward and Louis Black did was to make fun of the group. Christians, Catholics, everyone is mocked and jeered on their show, but oh no, let's not pick on someone who MIGHT punch them!

Cowardly Central indeed.

-2nd Anonymous

Opus #6 said...

Cowardly Central is right. Excellent title, Clifton.

Clifton B said...


The whole idea behind the threat is to get you to follow the rules of their religion.

Anonymous said...

I just wonder what would happened if SP, a disgusting show, did a piece on the tea parties and got the same threat? Yea, tell me the terrorists aren't winning.

Clifton B said...

Opus #6:


Clifton B said...


I bet Cowardly Central would have aired the show, then played the victim card to any and everyone who would listen.

Bob Belvedere said...

Clifton: I like the name.

So…the powers that be at Comedy Central decided to go the full monty and show their total and absolute cowardice by censoring the part of the episode that had nothing to do directly with Mohammed and, in fact, argued for good old American tolerance of all religions — you know, a foundational pillar of this country. Shame on them.

Quoted from and Linked to at:
Dhimmitude And Comedy Central's Attitude

Anonymous said...

I don't think most of you realize that the website specifically pointed out matt and trey in their threat. Comedy Central wasn't being cowardly. Everyone is fully aware that Muslim extremists have little to no regard for the life of anyone who isn't in their religion. Comedy central was just protecting the two producers of one of their biggest shows.

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