South Park creators will “probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh”

posted at 2:20 pm on April 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Hmmm … do you think that threats leveled against the creators of South Park for last week’s episode came from Tea Partiers?  Buddhists enraged over the depiction of Buddha snorting cocaine?  Redheads incensed over their depiction as terrorists?  Comedy Central execs embarrassed over the slam they received for their pusillanimity in handling a previous episode dealing with censorship?  Barbara Streisand?  Not exactly.  In fact, threats against Trey Parker and Matt Stone came from one group that they specifically didn’t mention in “200”:

The radical Islamic Web site is going after the creators of the TV cartoon series “South Park” after an episode last week included an image of the Prophet Mohammed in disguise., based in New York, was the subject of a CNN investigation last year for its radical rhetoric supporting “jihad” against the West and praising al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Its organizers insist they act within the law and seek to protect Islam.

On Sunday, posted an entry that included a warning to South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone that they risk violent retribution – after the 200th episode last week included a satirical discussion about whether an image of the prophet could be shown. In the end, he is portrayed disguised in a bear suit.

The posting on says: “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.”

Of course, this is exactly the point Parker and Stone intended to make — or rather, intended to provoke people into making for them. During the episode, Randy Marsh scolds Stan by saying, “Jesus doesn’t matter where Mohammed’s involved,” as a way of explaining why people feel perfectly safe in satirizing other religious figures but won’t treat Mohammed the same. It’s simple; Islamists threaten people with terror whenever they feel insulted, which is exactly what happened here.

Kudos to CNN for reporting on this, but don’t expect it to be a trend. We’ve watched as Tea Party speeches got dissected by cable-news network hosts for any sign of latent bigotry and violence in order to paint as terrorists and threats those Americans who peacefully assemble for political change.  How much time will get spent by Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and Ed Schultz on MS-NBC in parsing “will probably wind up like [assassinated filmmaker] Theo Van Gogh for airing this episode” and determining whether radical Islamists tend to be terrorists and threats?  While these hosts hyperventilate over words like “regime,” “target,” and  “crossfire,” they’ll avert their eyes to a real threat.

That will prove the other main point from Parker and Stone, which is that the media hasn’t exactly manned up in facing this threat.

Here’s a clip from the show, and watch the whole episode at South Park Studios.  It’s not safe for work, but it’s one of their best episodes in the last couple of years.

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Muhammad looks just like i envisioned him.

PappaMac on April 20, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Wait until they reveal Muhammed is Cartman’s father, and Eric becomes a Muslim (just a rumor going around)

Tazz 55 on April 20, 2010 at 3:53 PM

I doubt that’ll be it. Cartman was told in the last episode that his father was in the room with them when the townspeople told him that his mom was his dad, and Mohammed wasn’t there.

It would be interesting though.

Esthier on April 20, 2010 at 3:58 PM

They’ll tell Cartman he was immaculately conceived, hence in the room because he’s omnipresent.

Just wait, it’ll be a riot (if it weren’t so true).

Animator Girl on April 20, 2010 at 4:04 PM

I eagerly await the scathing satire on Islam from the likes of Bill Maher and Jon Stewart.
..and waiting….

CarolynM on April 20, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Trey and Matt aren’t the type of libertarians that have their heads stuck in the sand over this issue

jp on April 20, 2010 at 4:05 PM

…and why do we have to put up with so many stupid iPad posts while this awesome SP episode doesnt even get mentioned until a week after it airs??

das411 on April 20, 2010 at 2:50 PM

You need not worry since aleph has surely preserved your place on the list of those that the practitioners of Religion of Peace™®© have elected for beheading.

Annar on April 20, 2010 at 4:11 PM

“Mo” Presley has a little fun with the fatwah-mongers.

Paging Janet Napolitano. Someone is threatening a “man-made disaster.”

onlineanalyst on April 20, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Personally, I think South Park mostly sucks….but I do like that they tweak pretty much everyone. And at least the religion of peace stays true to form.

search4truth on April 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Good on the South Park guys. I’ve long thought that one way to defeat islamic jihad is with ridicule and comedy. Anybody heard about the Brit jihad movie comedy “Four Lions”? The US Army has a PYSOPS Group at Ft. Bragg, NC. If we weren’t such PC wusses, they would be churning out tons of material to marginalize these crazies. No lies need to be told, just the facts. If the veneer of their belief is so shallow, there cannot be much there.

scullymj on April 20, 2010 at 4:33 PM

This is not their first barb thrown at Islamic nutballs. They poked a few rigs in Team America: World Police.

Praise be to Allah, dirka-dirka.

iurockhead on April 20, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Since the corpse of Dutch director Theo Van Gogh was the example made by the Islamists warning against blaspheming Mohammed, I thought for a fleeting moment that the coincidence that a Dutch director foiled the Xmas Day Crotch Bomb plot would be noted by the MSM. Then I came to my senses.

I wrote about it on my blog on December 26, 2009:


L.N. Smithee on April 20, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Aleph is just getting you used to the wanton whine of the supremacist Muslim. He isn’t one himself and appears but rarely on HA.

Muslims want you to be nervous and afraid of them. They are doing a great job for a pathetic, helpless, disenfranchised little brown people aren’t they?

Perhaps if Israel didn’t exist there would be peace with Islam (as a nation, your supposed to be weighing the pros and cons of this new concept for peace). Right?

[email protected] on April 20, 2010 at 4:56 PM

If they would have portrayed him in a pit bull costume, instead of a bear costume, it would have been protected speech.

percysunshine on April 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM

God Speed Trey and Matt. Based on what happened to Theo, I don’t take their “warnings” lightly. They said it meaning to have a fanatical do their dirty work and claim no connection.

Sultry Beauty on April 20, 2010 at 5:11 PM

There is nothing to respect about such a religion.

ORconservative on April 20, 2010 at 2:33 PM

I agree. As I have said on here before, Islam is not a religion. It’s a political ideology dressed up as one.
And after having paged through the Koran myself, I have always maintained that if the Devil had ever written his own book, this would have been it.
Evil evil evil evil.
Everything in that book is th opposite of what you find in Judeo-Christian texts.

Badger40 on April 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Tzetzes on April 20, 2010 at 3:54 PM

From what I’ve heard, it was a nice place. Did give rise to the term “byzantine” to mean “highly intricate and complicated”, though.

Rightwingguy on April 20, 2010 at 5:24 PM

search4truth on April 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM

You don’t like Southpark?
Your kind ain’t welcome here.

Rightwingguy on April 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Hilarious episode! The best part of course, is that they elicited just the sort of response that they were spoofing. Muslims who don’t like it can kiss my sweet a$$.

P.S. Does anyone else here have a Mohammad cartoon T-Shirt? Mine has the one with a bomb in his turban :-)

MJBrutus on April 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Good thing there ain’t no War on Terror anymore…

crazy_legs on April 20, 2010 at 5:34 PM

What a funny episode. The Islamic fascists can not tolerate any ridicule of their barbaric 7th century practices. Thanks for sharing this, Ed, and pray for Parker and Stone. They might just be the next victims of the Religion of Peace.

simkeith on April 20, 2010 at 5:41 PM

“This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

Uh…yeah. Trey and Matt, might want to contact Gert Wilders or Ayaan Hirsi Ali for some security advice.

labrat on April 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Matt and Trey, please build panic rooms ASAP.

Disturb the Universe on April 20, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Time for some bear love

dms on April 20, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Hey Aleph! Sounds like you are just a hungry boy….sit down and have a ham sandwich, will ya? There ya go…better now I’m sure!!!

Vntnrse on April 20, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Apparently, they thought their intimidation tactics would work as well in America as they do in Europe. Sorry boys but we’re kind of stubborn here. We don’t do the submission thing very well.

dms on April 20, 2010 at 6:17 PM

I hope they don’t end up getting killed for this, but I anxiously await the next episode.

I didn’t see the ginger twist coming.

deewhybee on April 20, 2010 at 7:09 PM

didn’t we have some kneejerk reaction to something south park did that we didn’t like and we called them names? I lose track of who we like and who we don’t.

tlynch001 on April 20, 2010 at 7:44 PM

the religion of “I’ll cut you into peaces”

whiskeytango on April 20, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Muhammed is pedobear?



Reaps on April 20, 2010 at 11:15 PM

I just can’t believe some of you guys are taking Aleph, Aleph (just to make it REALLY obvious) seriously.

Kinda explains why protestwarrior got kicked out of the counterprotest camp set up at Bush’s ranch..

Reaps on April 20, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Hilarious. stop insulting the religion of peace or I’ll cut your head off.
You can’t make this stuff up.
search for the ayatoilet sosmelly…sorry..the Ayatollah Khomeinis Little Green Book of Islamic Jurisprudence.
I won’t go in to what horrors that book holds. Suffice it to say that the correct way to have sex with infants is outlined therein.
see for yourself, but be ready to blow chunks.

islam is a lie and
Truth is killing it.

Army Brat on April 21, 2010 at 2:59 AM

islam is a lie and
Truth is killing it.

Army Brat on April 21, 2010 at 2:59 AM


labrat on April 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM