Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the always irreverent “South Park” creators, have brilliantly skewered Hollywood celebs and politicians for years. But they may have gone too far. They’ve gotten death “warnings” (we’d call it threats) about their 200th episode, which featured the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit and Buddha snorting cocaine.
The website of a radical group called Revolution Muslim warned that the pair would “probably wind up like Theo van Gogh” if the show aired. Van Gogh was a controversial filmmaker who was murdered in Amsterdam in 2004 after making a film that sharply criticized the status of women in Islam.
The threatening post on Revolution Muslim was taken down, but Animal NY took
a screen shot.
“This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of
what will likely happen to them.” The site featured a graphic photo of
the mutilated filmmaker Van Gogh.
The site also featured a video promising violence to those who criticize the Muslim faith and
linked to the addresses of Comedy Central in New York and Los Angeles.
True to the finger-in-the-eye nature of “South Park,” Stone and Parker delivered an episode this week that featured more depictions of Muhammad — some, but not all, Muslims say the prophet should never be depicted — with black bars obscuring his image. A note on SouthParkStudios.com informs viewers that “we do not have network approval” to stream the episode at the moment and also says that Comedy Central, in the wake of the “warnings,” added a few additional audio bleeps after Stone and Parker delivered the episode.
Cartman and Stan must be F-bombing terrified.
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