Last night’s episode of South Park, which featured a return appearance by Muhammad, was aired with the character’s name and image censored following completely predictable death threats. In a since-removed blog post yesterday, radical Islamic group Revolution Muslim claimed that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone “would probably end up like Theo Van Gogh” (the filmmaker shot and stabbed to death in 2004 after he made a movie critical of the religion’s treatment of women) for last week’s episode, on which the Muslim prophet was depicted wearing a bear suit. According to Parker and Stone, the bleeps and “censored” signs were added by Comedy Central, who have also refused to let the pair stream the unaltered episode on their website. In conclusion, Tom Cruise should maybe look into adding a radical Islamic blog to his official site.
‘South Park’ Episode Is Altered After Muslim Group’s Warning [ArtsBeat/NYT]