Comedy Central censors all references to Mohammed on “South Park”; Update: Parker and Stone issue statement

posted at 4:25 pm on April 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

As InstaGlenn says, this is actually the perfect ironic conclusion to the media’s post-Tax Day binge of hyperventilating about tea party extremism. Cranks holding up “Impeach the Kenyan!” signs at a right-wing rally are grist for a thousand NYT op-eds about Oklahoma City, but have jihadis intimidate the parent company of one of the most highly regarded comedies on television into blacking out its shows and it’s essentially a curio for the TV beat.

Comedy Central bleeped out all references to the Prophet Muhammad in Wednesday night’s episode of the animated show “South Park.”…

In addition to bleeping the words “Prophet Muhammad,” the show also covered the character with a large block labeled “Censored.”…

Abu Talhah al Amrikee, the author of the post [on the Muslim website threatening the creators of the show], told Foxnews.com he wrote the entry to “raise awareness.” He said the grisly photograph of van Gogh was meant to “explain the severity” of what Parker and Stone did by mocking Muhammad.

“It’s not a threat, but it really is a likely outcome,” al Amrikee said, referring to the possibility that Parker and Stone could be murdered for mocking Muhammad. “They’re going to be basically on a list in the back of the minds of a large number of Muslims. It’s just the reality.”

True enough, true enough. Mohammed also figured in last week’s episode; he wasn’t shown, per Comedy Central’s policy in recent years of bowing to Islamic blasphemy laws, but his name was mentioned in the dialogue. This week, after the new threats from filthbags like al-Amrikee, even that was gone. So absurd was it that some South Park fans thought Trey Parker and Matt Stone might have bleeped the name themselves as a goof. Not so:

On Thursday morning, a spokesman for Comedy Central confirmed that the network had added more bleeps to the episode than were in the cut delivered by South Park Studios, and that it was not giving permission for the episode to run on the studio’s Web site.

When you look for the episode on South Park’s website, this is what greets you. One mystery lingers: In the final scene, in vintage SP fashion, a bunch of characters gave mini-soliloquies about the moral of the story. The twist this time is that they were all bleeped out — roughly 30 seconds’ worth of airtime, filled with nothing but bleeps. I thought for sure that that had to be a joke — the moral of the story was how absurd censorship can be, and that was a perfect way to show it — but now I’m not so sure. Says the AP, “Comedy Central also censored 35 seconds’ worth of a conversation toward the end of the show between the characters Stan, Jesus Christ and Santa Claus. The network wouldn’t say Thursday whether this contained any reference to the warning [from jihadists].”

In lieu of a clip from the show, here’s something from last week’s Sarah Silverman Program goofing on Holocaust memorials that didn’t need to be censored. Why? Because no one threatened to bomb Comedy Central for showing it.


The Sarah Silverman Program
Festive Holocaust Memorial
www.comedycentral.com
Futurama New Episodes Funny Demon Zombie TV Show Funny TV Comedy Blog

Update: Unbelievable.

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.

So not only did Comedy Central censor the Mohammed stuff, but when they were called out for being cowards, they censored that too. Perfect.


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Killing, mutilating, torturing anyone that defames their “god”? Right; That’s a religion.

Cybergeezer on April 23, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Actually, I can’t think of any religions that haven’t fit that description, except for Buddhism. Then again, Buddhism doesn’t have a god…

This is straight-up bigotry. Anybody else on board?

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Straight-up bigotry at HotAir? Surely you jest.

hicsuget on April 23, 2010 at 12:40 PM

hicsuget on April 23, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Christianity does not actually call for its followers to kill those who insult Christ or Christianity. Islam calls upon Muslims to kill those who insult Islam or Mohammed.

Now, some Christians might have killed people for insulting Christ, nonetheless it is not actually a feature of the teachings of Jesus. Quite the opposite actually, which is why it is safe to make fun Christians/Christ.

July 10 on April 23, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Muslims are all barbaric in their thinking. …
LarryG on April 22, 2010 at 9:54 PM

This is straight-up bigotry. Anybody else on board?

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 12:35 PM

It seems as though LarryG is confusing Muslims with Islam. Islam is certainly barbaric. Muslims, on the other hand, can be perfectly wonderful people and not barbaric at all (as long as they don’t actually follow the teachings of Mohammed.) Thankfully, the vast majority of Muslims are either ignorant of the Koran and the teachings of Mohammed, or simply choose to ignore the teachings.

July 10 on April 23, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Cowardly Central. (Cowery fits better but it’s not a word)

shick on April 23, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Too many kid themselves by calling such Muslims who make such death threats (thinly veiled or not) “radical extremists” of “nut cases” as if they represent no part of true Islam. Folks, Islam has always (and officially) called for the killing of anyone who insults Muhammad or Islam as indeed Muhammad (the perfect example per the Quran) himself had so done. Eg. from hadith Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 38, Number 4348:

” Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas:

A blind man had a slave-mother who used to abuse the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and disparage him. He forbade her but she did not stop. He rebuked her but she did not give up her habit. One night she began to slander the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and abuse him. So he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there. When the morning came, the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) was informed about it.

He assembled the people and said: I adjure by Allah the man who has done this action and I adjure him by my right to him that he should stand up. Jumping over the necks of the people and trembling the man stood up.

He sat before the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and said: Apostle of Allah! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.

Thereupon the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood. ”

http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/hadith/abudawud/038.sat.html#038.4349

The message here is clear.

See also http://www.americanthinker.com/2006/03/muhammads_dead_poets_society.html

When confronted with the truth about Islam’s innate extreme intolerance too many throw up a self-blinding smokescreen claiming claiming Christianity was just as intolerant. Well no, Jesus did not want to kill people, he celebrated life and even saved a women from stoning (Muhammad would have cast the first & the last stone). None of the evils of the Spanish Inquisition or similar horrors were rooted in anything Jesus called for – they were what the disgusting priests called for. By contrast the intolerance and violence of Islam IS rooted in Muhammad’s words and his obviously fabricated Quran.

Chessplayer on April 23, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Chessplayer on April 23, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Hey Chessplayer, do you play on Chess.com?

If so, are you up for a game of chess? ;)

Conservative Samizdat on April 23, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Apostle of Allah! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.

Chessplayer on April 23, 2010 at 1:44 PM

These actions are still common today. Just last week in Pakistan missionaries were imprisoned for touching the Koran before washing their hands and thus contaminating it.

Is your neighbor going to call the local authorities because he caught you stealing? Do not worry, if your fast enough, call them first and accuse him of somehow disparaging anything about Islam.

shick on April 23, 2010 at 2:23 PM

islam is the only “religion” that calls for Death to those that will not convert or submit.
islam is the only “religion” that calls for Death for those that leave islam. (apostasy).
islam is the only “religion” that condones sex with children, “as young as an infant”. (thighing as described and approved by the Ayatollah Khomeini in his “Little Green Book of islamic Jurisprudence.)
islam is the only “religion” that is OK with sex with animals. Again…approved by the ayatoilet sosmelly in his little green book.
islam is the only “religion” whose adherents have participated in over 15,000 terrorist attacks since 9/11.
Barbarity? Witness the recent conviction of a Lebanese man in Saudi Arabia for SORCERY! Due to be executed, when the world became aware of the insanity, they postponed his execution. He may live.
There are NO…ZERO other actual religions allowed in Saudi Arabia. No Bibles allowed and no images on TV of any other religious symbols, they are blurred out or censored altogether.
islam is the only “religion” whose founder, (an illiterate desert bandit, mass murdering, necro-curious, pedophile…) calls for the death of all Jews on the planet and that islam must be the only religion.
islam is not a religion. It is a form of totalitarian government in the guise of a religion.
I can go on in this vein for quite some time.
If the koran were printed for the first time today, the world would condemn it as hate speech and ban the damned thing worldwide!

islam is a lie and
Truth is killing it.

That’s why they threaten Death when the Truth about islam comes out.

No islam…Know Peace.
Know islam…throw up!

Army Brat on April 23, 2010 at 2:29 PM

By contrast the intolerance and violence of Islam IS rooted in Muhammad’s words and his obviously fabricated Quran.

Chessplayer on April 23, 2010 at 1:44 PM

That won’t stop the Christian-haters from pressing their phony moral equivalence.
I used to think Muhammad was stoned when he wrote that piece of crap, but since he was already a murdering extortionist and pedophile his sickness didn’t need chemical enhancement.

SKYFOX on April 23, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Uh not to harsh your buzz, but the French Revolution was a far bloodier affair than the inquisition, and yet it was an atheist’s wet dream: kill all those backward evil Christians in cold blood to usher in an age of Reason.

How’d that work out for your ilk?

Hint: not too good.

jeff_from_mpls on April 23, 2010 at 8:12 AM

The French did not even get around to doing the separation of church and state until the beginning of the 20th century. One good result of the revolution was the death of the “divine right of kings” in France and the abolition of the authority of the clergy which is a good idea no matter what the religion in question.

Annar on April 23, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Muslims in the US are just plain (deadly) trouble as they demonstrate increasingly often of late. They are already big trouble for many of the overly sensitive countries of Europe that indulge islam to the point of destroying their own social fabric and safety and . . . . liberty.

If islam deems it proper to threaten our domestic security, then our law must needs be rein islam in.

No way to avoid this. Secular law must take precedence over so-called religious law. If not, chaos and such threats as those discussed in this piece result.

Open threats such as the above should be investigated and prosecuted harshly.

These are not to be tolerated.

islams, if you want to live under Sharia Law, then go live thee in countries which have instituted it. Not Yankee go home but islamist go home if you can`t abide by the word of law.

Sherman1864 on April 23, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Wow.. the tastelessness of Sarah Silverman knows no bounds. And to think she once played a sympathetic liberal on Star Trek Voyager.

I want the last 1:40 of my life back.

itzWicks on April 23, 2010 at 4:54 PM

It looks like the Website -Revolution Islam- has been hacked.

Normally I’m against this kind stuff, but if you are going to threaten lives then this is the least that you can expect.

And if this is all you get, well, consider yourself lucky.

http://www.revolutionislam.com/

Brass on April 23, 2010 at 9:06 PM

I am going insult that f-ing evil dirtbag the so called “prophet” mohammed on every forum I can post at from now on. I will not give up my rights for anyone especially the filthy muslim scumbags who issue these kinds of threats. I strongly suggest we all make it a point to exercise our 1st amendment rights in a deluge of heinous insults against the filthy scum-sucker the “prophet” mohammed who not a holy man or even a good man but a evil piece of sh!t who should have been put down like a mad dog which is actually an insult against mad dogs because at least mad dogs aren’t filthy evil scum as mohammed was. My new tag line will hence forth be:
The evil scumbag the “prophet” mohammed was human garbage and an evil man whose filthy name should erased from history, as he was nothing more than a servant of Satan(Shaitan) P.S. if you like this comment, piss off!!

timhagen on April 23, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Sara Silverman likes to bash Christians. I’ll view her as more than a waste of nice boobs when she sleeps with Mohammad like she slept with God on her show.

Hard Right on April 24, 2010 at 1:43 AM

Golly, where are Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris? Why aren’t they decrying the eeeeeeevil that is religion in the world today?

Hey, atheist brigade, where are your loud, derisive voices on this one?

Cowards.

Grace_is_sufficient on April 24, 2010 at 7:18 AM

I am going insult that f-ing evil dirtbag the so called “prophet” mohammed on every forum I can post at from now on.

Until when?

The Race Card on April 24, 2010 at 3:42 PM

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Cut & Paste this Van Gogh…

DANEgerus on April 24, 2010 at 4:13 PM

This is straight-up bigotry. Anybody else on board?

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 12:35 PM

I’m on board with you being a moron liberal.

2Brave2Bscared on April 24, 2010 at 4:52 PM

I’m on board with you being a moron liberal.

2Brave2Bscared on April 24, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Ah, nice to see you.

Per chance, are you willing to answer for your own words? I would like to get clarification about a comment you made here at Hot Air.

The Race Card on April 24, 2010 at 8:37 PM

hicsuget on April 23, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Let me use the same editing technique you use to comment on someone elses comments:

“Actually, I can’t think of any religions that haven’t fit that description, except for Buddhism. Then again, Buddhism doesn’t have a god…”
hicsuget on April 23, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Apparently, you have a PhD in religion, or you have lived through them all.
I have to say, I am so impressed either way!

Cybergeezer on April 25, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Oh, by the way;

hicsuget;

I have an image of the ‘Patron Saint of Lead’ on my dashboard.

Cybergeezer on April 25, 2010 at 2:39 PM

It seems as though LarryG is confusing Muslims with Islam. Islam is certainly barbaric. Muslims, on the other hand, can be perfectly wonderful people and not barbaric at all (as long as they don’t actually follow the teachings of Mohammed.) Thankfully, the vast majority of Muslims are either ignorant of the Koran and the teachings of Mohammed, or simply choose to ignore the teachings.

July 10 on April 23, 2010 at 12:55 PM

If they don’t follow the teachings of Islam, then how can they be called “Muslims?”

A Christian is only a Christian if they follow the teachings of Christ.

A Buddhist is only a Buddhist if he or she follows the teachings of Buddha.

If they don’t follow the teachings then they cannot be a follower of that person, and therefore they cannot be called a student or follower of that teacher or religion.

William2006 on April 26, 2010 at 2:17 PM

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