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posted at 12:55 pm on May 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I’ve watched South Park for years, and have watched other Comedy Central programming more occasionally, believing until recently that it provided a cutting-edge environment for satire.  Unfortunately, the network has now caved twice to radical Islamist terrorism, once in 2006 and again last month, in two episodes of South Park that skewered major religious figures while censoring the satire of Trey Parker and Matt Stone on Mohammed.    Instead of staying out of religious satire altogether, the brave souls at Viacom have apparently green-lit a new series that will poke fun at Jesusagain:

Comedy Central might censor every image of the Prophet Muhammad on “South Park,” yet the network is developing a whole animated series around Jesus Christ.

As part of the network’s upfront presentation to advertisers (full slate here), the network is set to announce “JC,” a half-hour show about Christ wanting to escape the shadow of his “powerful but apathetic father” and live a regular life in New York City.

In the show, God is preoccupied with playing video games while Christ, “the ultimate fish out of water,” tries to adjust to life in the big city.

“In general, comedy in purist form always makes some people uncomfortable,” said Comedy Central’s head of original programming Kent Alterman.

Yes, Kent Alterman, you’re quite the brave individual for making “some” people uncomfortable.  Those would be the “some” people who won’t issue threats of violence for your satires.  Comedy Central and Viacom have no appetite for making some other people uncomfortable — the very people who would not waste a moment in shutting down Comedy Central if given the opportunity.

South Park takes an honest approach to satire by skewering everyone equally.  They lost a major cast member when they satirized Scientology, and no doubt have had complaints from many groups about their portrayal of Jesus, Buddha, Joseph Smith, Lao Tze, and other religious figures.  But one never got the sense that Parker and Stone had it out for any one group because their satires ran the entire gamut, at least until Comedy Central began censoring them.

And even that would have been understandable — had CC made the decision to avoid religious satire altogether.  Instead, they’re launching a new effort to parody Christianity while imposing the rule of radical Islamists on satires of Islam.  There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

Update: I agree with The Anchoress on this one:

As a Christian, I am unoffended by this move. The Triune God has awfully big shoulders; he can take it.

It is Comedy Central that betrays the tiny fragility that lies behind its strut.

I am embarrassed for them.

Offended?  Not really.  It’s more like utter contempt for their blustery cowardice.

Update II: The Verum Serum headline sums it up: “Comedy Central: Unlike Mohammed, Jesus a Constant Source of Amusement.”


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Well smack me silly Ed… your ending was priceless.

Kudos.

Odie1941 on May 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Instead, they’re launching a new effort to parody Christianity while imposing the rule of radical Islamists on satires of Islam. There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies

au contraire, Edster. The difference between Islam and Christianity is that Islam can only penalize you now and temporarily, but using the name of Jesus will punish you forever. God will get his, I am confident of that. Mohammed can try to kill the body, but God will banish that soul forever. Picking that fight surely has some risk.

ted c on May 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Brave brave Sir Alterman.

Bishop on May 6, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Meh. Totally predictable. Let them have their “fun”.

Wouldn’t want to be them on Judgement Day.

Battlecruiser-operational on May 6, 2010 at 1:01 PM

This is a boycot worth participating.

Christian Americans:

Lets stop watching or reading anything from Comedy Central or any other outlet owned by their parent company: Viacom.

SayNo2-O on May 6, 2010 at 1:02 PM

NEVER WATCHED IT….NEVER WILL…..

SDarchitect on May 6, 2010 at 1:04 PM

There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

Oh my.

BigWyo on May 6, 2010 at 1:05 PM

There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

Hahaha! Perfectly put.

BoSox_or_Bust on May 6, 2010 at 1:05 PM

There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

pussies/liberals…all the same

ClassicCon on May 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Here is a list of Viacom’s assets:

Most are not worth waching anyway.

Film production and distribution
Paramount Pictures Corporation:
Paramount Motion Pictures Group Inc.
Paramount Vantage
Paramount Pictures International
MTV Films
Nickelodeon Movies
Paramount Home Entertainment
United International Pictures (UIP), formerly Cinema International Corporation (CIC). It is a joint venture with NBC Universal’s Universal Studios.
Republic Pictures (or Republic Entertainment, Inc.)
[edit] Media networks
[edit] Television networks
MTV
MTV2
MTV Tr3́s
MTV Desi
MTV Hits
MTV Jams
mtvU
Palladia
Nickelodeon
Nick 2
Nick Jr.
TeenNick
Nicktoons Network
Nick GAS (March 1, 1999 – April 23, 2009)
TV Land
TV Land Canada
CMT
CMT Pure Country
CMT (Canada)
Spike
VH1
VH1 Classic
VH1 Soul
BET
BET Hip-Hop
BET Gospel
BET UK
Centric
Comedy Central
Logo
TMF
VIVA
[edit] Internet
MTVi Group
Nickelodeon Online
BET.com
Neopets
GameTrailers
iFilm
Xfire
GoCityKids
Atom Entertainment, which consists of AddictingGames, Atom Uploads, and Shockwave.com
Nick GAS
Quizilla
[edit] Miscellaneous assets
Viacom Consumer Products
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
MTVN Direct (a division of MTV Networks Company)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Viacom International, Inc.
[edit] Notes
Famous Music was a music publishing company and it was a division of Paramount Pictures Corporation. Viacom sold the division to Sony-ATV Music Publishing, LLC.
CBS Paramount Television and KingWorld Productions are folded into CBS Television Distribution.

SayNo2-O on May 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Comedy who?

Midas on May 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Collie, we prefer alternate terminology, don’t we?

My collie says:

Mmmm, yes – “girlymen” comes to mind.

CyberCipher on May 6, 2010 at 1:07 PM

They aren’t fit to shine the Danish cartoonists’ shoes with their tongues.

How disgustingly typical of modern satirists, willing to mock anyone except those who might rearrange their facial features for being a Grade-A @$$hole.

Dark-Star on May 6, 2010 at 1:09 PM

There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever…

ED, MY EYES! MY EYES!

Cmon Ed, you’re the consummate Midwestern family man with a geeky heart of gold – what is going on! Down is Up! Left is Right! My EYES!!!!!!!!!!!

battleoflepanto1571 on May 6, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Exactly who thinks this is edgy?

People who watch Jon Stewart & Colbert.

tetriskid on May 6, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Not just a brief irreverent look at Jesus, but a weekly, 30 min show? What’s next, porn actresses dressed up as nuns? Oh, they already do that? But, isn’t it well understood porn is SICK? I’m at a loss for an apt analogy. A reality show where kids in Darfur compete for food? I am at a loss.

Paul-Cincy on May 6, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Oh yes, and one thing more.

My collie says:

♫ Brave Sir Robin ran away. ♫

Thanks for the photo, Ed.

CyberCipher on May 6, 2010 at 1:11 PM

As a Christian, I am unoffended by this move. The Triune God has awfully big shoulders; he can take it.

And this is what makes Christians Christians.

HISTORICALLY, we have thousands of years of being mocked, persecuted, fed the lions, with our spritiual homelands (Jerusalem, then Rome) wiped out.

But Islam?

HISTORICALLY, no army has ever touched Mecca. Seriously. It’s not worth much — no oil, no harbor, but muslims see that as divine intervention.

battleoflepanto1571 on May 6, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Someone in NYC (Allahpundit?) needs to rent a bear costume and protest outside of VIACOM with a sign:

I am the Prophet Mohammad, and I have NO Sense of Humor!

(And on the back of the placard:)

Comedy Central: Invertebrates Only Need Apply.

profitsbeard on May 6, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Hey Comedy Central!

Muslims like Jesus. He’s kinda like Mohammad’s Joe Biden, ya know?

Take it as a “heads up” that might be followed a “heads off”, OK?

Bruno Strozek on May 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM

JC: Father, forgive them. They know not what they do.

Steve Z on May 6, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Ed is quite right. The appropriate reaction is contempt, and the appropriate response is to consider these people beneath notice and to ignore them.

novaculus on May 6, 2010 at 1:14 PM

“There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.”

Though I understand the contempt behind your choice of words, as a point of fact given the specifics of the who, what & why involved. The word is Dhimmi(crat).

Archimedes on May 6, 2010 at 1:14 PM

In the show, God is preoccupied with playing video games

I think I might have met him last night while playing the Halo: Reach beta. Got my ass kicked bad.

strictnein on May 6, 2010 at 1:17 PM

They put out a death fatwa on the author of that gay Jesus play called “Corpus Christi” several years ago. It turns out the Muslims have their own version of Jesus who is supposed to return to earth and single-handedly kill all the pigs and destroy all crosses. He will be busy.

I think Comedy Central will cancel this and blame threats by Christians, even though it will be Muslims they are worried about.

Buddahpundit on May 6, 2010 at 1:17 PM

The Anchoresses words describe my feeling exactly…
My GOD is big enough to deal with those who mock Him, Himself. He does not need me to threaten or attack anyone in HIS Name.
He is also Majestic enough to deal with the slights of His attackers mercifully if they repent – and with a just punishment if they do not. I am not needed in any part of the judgement equation.
Comedy Central is free to mock because the LORD created humans with an innate freedom… knowing full well that some would use this freedom maliciously. However, I would only ask that the creators of material that mock GOD not complain to those of us who let them know that it wasn’t funny when the time for judgement comes.

therambler on May 6, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Exactly who thinks this is edgy?

People who watch Jon Stewart & Colbert.

Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

Battlecruiser-operational on May 6, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Wow, nail on the head Ed.

A “weekly Jesus cartoon” is so painfully safe.

TheUnrepentantGeek on May 6, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Will Jesus wear an American flag t-shirt in the show?

Now that’s offensive!

/sarc

Cowards. Pussies. Girlymen.

Yes, yes, and yes.

NebCon on May 6, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Pussies for sure. They’ll only attack those who won’t fight back.

rightside on May 6, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Exactly who thinks this is edgy?

People who watch Jon Stewart & Colbert.

tetriskid on May 6, 2010 at 1:09 PM

I’ll give you edgy: Ed Morrissey saying “pussies”

That’s more Allah-esque. Good on ya, Ed. I loved it!

thebrokenrattle on May 6, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Christ was mocked when he was crucified. I doubt this would be worse.

God, have mercy on us all the same.

simon on May 6, 2010 at 1:26 PM

There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

Cap’n Ed goes blogging hard core.

amerpundit on May 6, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Paramount Pictures Corporation:
Paramount Motion Pictures Group Inc.
Paramount Vantage
Paramount Pictures International

*twitches*

The rest of it is irrelevant, but man, you’re making me give up Star Trek.

That’s a lot to ask of a guy. ._. Then again, after J.J.’s ‘interpretation’, maybe it won’t be so hard after all.

KinleyArdal on May 6, 2010 at 1:27 PM

I think Anchoress’ attitude is the right one to have. used to be controversy was the kiss of death. Now it is a guarantee for attention which turns into success, if only temporary. I think this is the reason why we see such outrageous things in our culture. Everyone is trying to get attention because they are just looking for their instant fame and fortune.

ramrants on May 6, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Is ‘cast a pox on’ at all like a fatwa?

percysunshine on May 6, 2010 at 1:30 PM

I am embarrassed for them.

I fell vicariously embarrassed for them, too. Too pathetic to even get mad about it. Even pussies will fight hard for something they believe in when they’re backed into a corner.
Comedy Central: more pathetic than the average pussy.

DrAllecon on May 6, 2010 at 1:31 PM

There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

I love this site.

Bobbertsan on May 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM

There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

Hell yeah, Ed!

darclon on May 6, 2010 at 1:36 PM

But doesn’t Islam
Revere Christ as a prophet?
Fatwas all around…

Haiku Guy on May 6, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Then again, after J.J.’s ‘interpretation’, maybe it won’t be so hard after all.

Roger that! For some reason my bro seems to think it was great, but the more I think about that movie, the less I like it. Can’t wait for Redlettermedia’s take on it.

Battlecruiser-operational on May 6, 2010 at 1:36 PM

PERFECT ending, Ed!

It’s a good thing I don’t watch Comedy Central.

jedijson on May 6, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Jesus moves to the big city?

Not a happy ending

Shy Guy on May 6, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Yep, it’s incredibly brave and cutting edge to go after a group that was told to turn the other cheek. The only cure for bullies is push back but it will have to come from somewhere else. I don’t watch so there is nothing more I can do to them.

Cindy Munford on May 6, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Actually, I think this show could be great. Especially if Jesus kicks Al Sharpton’s ass for pretending to be an actual Christian minister. Why assume it is going to be offensive to Christians? It might help to expose some of the biggest fake-Christians in America.

rockmom on May 6, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I’ve watched South Park for years, and have watched other Comedy Central programming more occasionally, believing until recently that it provided a cutting-edge environment for satire.

I liked south park for the first few seasons… and got tired of it…

So, is this JC cartoon a spinoff?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spirit_of_Christmas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_supporting_characters_on_South_Park#Jesus

ninjapirate on May 6, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Dhimmitude

jnelchef on May 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Liberals are cowards.

jukin on May 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.

Huh, Comedy Central neither believes nor trembles. This makes them markedly worse off than aforementioned demons.

I cannot believe that CC is a Christian-free employer. There have to be some employees that are deluding themselves as to the eternal consequences of such actions. These people need to actually pick up a Bible.

StubbleSpark on May 6, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Sister Marie Pierre lived in the 1840s and Saint Faustina lived in the 1930s when both received visions from the Lord. Yet, astoundingly both asked Him a very relevant question which we paraphrase as thus: Lord, how is it that you tolerate blasphemy, murder and all other types of evil one could think of. Jesus’ response was cutting and exactly the same to these two nuns who lived almost a century apart. Christ said to them:

I have Eternity for punishing.

At the same time, as we know also from Him, there are no tears in Heaven. It appears that those at Comedy Central and the long list of Viacom “ass ets” will be spending a long time weeping and gnashing their teeth unless they come to repentance for which we pray.

simeon on May 6, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Dark-Star on May 6, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Please note the day and time of this once in a lifetime post:

I AGREE WITH YOU!

Laura in Maryland on May 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM

My letter to Comedy Central:

Wow. You guys aren’t man enough to let the South Park guys make fun of Mohammed, but you’re willing to let them – and plenty of other shows, including your upcoming “JC” show – skewer Christianity’s holy representatives. That takes REAL guts, doesn’t it? What big cahones you have there.

I guess you don’t see the irony of the situation, huh? The so-called “Religion of Peace” will threaten to kill you and yours if you put one unflattering image of their God in print – and most pathetically of all, the kid who threatened you is a 30-year-old mama’s boy who still lives in his parents’ basement (now THAT’S one scary dude!), and the people who practice Christianity are going to give you a pass.

Yep, those folks who you are willing to paint with the broad brushstroke of a sexual slur won’t even make a peep, because we’ve been taught to turn the other cheek and be forgiving. Our God is bigger than all of that, and that is the truly sad part – none of you is willing to quit staring at your naval long enough to see who the real practitioners of peace are.

I really feel sorry for you…..

TeresainFortWorth on May 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Heh. Brave Sir Alterman.

Jaibones on May 6, 2010 at 1:56 PM

There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

My virgin ear!!!

Vntnrse on May 6, 2010 at 2:00 PM

If Comedy Central had any balls they would say that this proposal itself was a joke, and that they actually intended to do a weekly cartoon mocking “the so-called ‘prophet’ Mohammad” in which he is stuck for eternity as a taxi driver in NYC, but never gets any tips because his passengers always remind him that this would be equivalent to “interest”, or usury, which is forbidden by Islam.

Plus they always request haram destinations like gay pride parades, Jewish delis and Victoria’s Secret shops

And his horn only works 50% of the time, which gave them the idea for the title for the show:

Half-Horny Mohammad“.

Here’s the title theme.

profitsbeard on May 6, 2010 at 2:08 PM

My virgin ear!!!

Vntnrse on May 6, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Uhmm… I don’t think I want to know what happened to your other ear.

strictnein on May 6, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Comedy Central will be the first recipient of the new NATO medal for ‘Courageous Restraint’ Award.

Sir Napsalot on May 6, 2010 at 2:12 PM

It’s like I’ve been saying for awhile now, there’s only two goups of people today where it’s socially acceptable to be bigotted and biased against, and that’s Christians and Whites.

OxyCon on May 6, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Please note the day and time of this once in a lifetime post:

I AGREE WITH YOU!

Laura in Maryland on May 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM

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Oh Laura…we’re not quite as far apart politically as you might think.

Dark-Star on May 6, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Please note the day and time of this once in a lifetime post:

I AGREE WITH YOU!

Laura in Maryland on May 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM

You probably agree with DS more than you think. He’s only a dirty commie in the “thought experiment wouldn’t it be nice if it worked” sort of way.

He’s pretty mainstream in the practical sense.

TheUnrepentantGeek on May 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM

OxyCon on May 6, 2010 at 2:17 PM

you’re not kidding…

this is despicable…

cmsinaz on May 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM

If a person claiming to be a Christian threatened to bomb CC because of their new series, everybody would understand that a real Christian would never do such a thing, and Christian leaders across the country and around the globe would condemn the threats and do everything in their power to apprehend the terrorist.

Whereas if a person claiming to be a Muslim threatens to bomb CC for depicting Mohammed, everybody takes it seriously and no significant condemnation would be heard from Muslim religious or political (is there a difference?) leaders, much less assistance from the Muslim community to law enforcement.

“Religion of peace”? Everyone knows it’s a lie. What is amazing is that some people actually manage to convince themselves that they believe it, and that so many in our government have mastered this intellectual contortion and are setting policies we have to live under based on their insanity.

Socratease on May 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Jesus can bear it. His believers also.

BHO Jonestown on May 6, 2010 at 2:22 PM

I’ve never watched Comedy Central. I’ve never watched more than 30 seconds of South Park. I don’t really comprehend why anyone would find humor in what they do. Real humor is about finding clever and creative ways to say funny things while being constrained by social norms. That’s what Jack Benny did. That’s what Bob Hope did. That’s what Bill Cosby does. There is no creativity in sheding the chains of social convention and throwing scat in dirty bathroom. There is no humor in that.

So why has anyone been watching Comedy Central and why is anyone surprised by this?

So I won’t be joining you in this boycott of Comedy Central – you’ll be joining me.

Welcome Aboard … finally.

HondaV65 on May 6, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Can we use that scene from Holy Grail to make a satire about Comedy Central’s cowardice or will YouTube take it down?

Kafir on May 6, 2010 at 2:31 PM

I’m not offended, not being Christian, but I’m going to have to ask what anyone would find entertaining about this idea.

Count to 10 on May 6, 2010 at 2:31 PM

God is able to manage his affairs, and is in fact doing so. I will bear witness when called to that, hopefully with courage even when/if a sword is poised over my neck.

Christians do need to wake up though. Mohammed is coming with that sword. It’s a situation I’d rather not have to experience. I feel bad for that Fox News reporter who came to know the apostle Peter better than he probably wanted.

exdeadhead on May 6, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Oh my goodness, the Anchoress is right: they really are strutting their fragility, aren’t they?

It truly is as though they’re actually proud of the fraidy-cat emptiness of their phony tough-guy bluster!

A satirist trying to slam Comedy Central’s timorous executives’ cowardice in their censorship of South Park & trying to highlight the laughable puniness of their so-called ‘courage’ couldn’t have contrived a plot development more damning of their target.

Here’s a newsflash for Mr. Alterman: Nobody ever thought the schoolyard bully in their childhoods, the one who only had the nads to pick on girls or boys much younger & smaller than himself but who always tiptoed with smarmy passivity around anybody who was likely to fight back, was ‘edgy” or “cool”. Only pathetic.

Well, I guess we don’t have to go to the trouble of condemning Kent Alterman & his selectively bigoted colleagues at CC|Viacom for their craven hypocrisy anymore.

This moron has saved us all the trouble by unwittingly condemning himself and has even done us the additional favor of exposing to the world the supreme bogosity of his & his network’s supposed cool quotient – voluntarily, lol!

leilani on May 6, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Censoring Mohamed wouldn’t have bothered me that much. This proposed show mocking Jesus wouldn’t have bothered me that much. But the combination of the two is Comedy Central’s way of bowing to Muslims while simultaneously showing their ass to Christians.

I will not stand for it.

I am boycotting Comedy Central. South Park Studios puts all their episodes on-line. Furthermore, thanks to filesharing, I can see any Comedy Central show I want without ever tuning into their channel or seeing any of the ads run on their network.

Join me in the boycott of Comedy Central. Anyone who finds it difficult to turn away from their favorite shows (I’m a South Park and Futurama addict, I’ll admit), just ask around and find out how to download those shows. I can even offer some useful hints, if need be.

ynot4tony2 on May 6, 2010 at 2:34 PM

“In general, comedy in purist form always makes some people uncomfortable,” said Comedy Central’s head of original programming Kent Alterman.

Kent, you’re so edgy…in a 1980 sort of way. Ya know, Kent, middle aged fat guys trying to be edgy end up looking like…middle aged fat guys. And no, Kent, the pee pee you lost 2 weeks ago, won’t grow back because you found someone to beat up on, that won’t hit back.

MNHawk on May 6, 2010 at 2:37 PM

HondaV65 on May 6, 2010 at 2:29 PM

I’ve never watched Comedy Central. I’ve never watched more than 30 seconds of South Park. I don’t really comprehend why anyone would find humor in what they do. Real humor is about finding clever and creative ways to say funny things while being constrained by social norms. That’s what Jack Benny did. That’s what Bob Hope did. That’s what Bill Cosby does. There is no creativity in sheding the chains of social convention and throwing scat in dirty bathroom. There is no humor in that.

While I don’t disagree with anything you’ve actually stated, I do disagree with you reducing South Park to nothing but shock/gross humor.

Since you admit to never watching more than 30 seconds of South Park, I can forgive your mistake. Granted, there are parts of South Park where I swear I can feel my IQ lowering as I watch, but sometimes I’m absolutely blown away by how clever or insightful South Park can be.

ynot4tony2 on May 6, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Lets stop watching or reading anything from Comedy Central or any other outlet owned by their parent company: Viacom.

SayNo2-O on May 6, 2010 at 1:02 PM

You’re on.

Mirimichi on May 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Oh I see. Comedy Central intends to offend a majority of Americans, with a gutless new show, but panders to, and enables the bad behavior of radical islamists.

Know what happens when you pander to, and enable terrorists? I do! It’s no different then dealing with a bully. Enable him/her, and he/she will continue the bad behavior, knowing it reaps rewards. Nip it in the bud immediately, and let them know it won’t be tolerated, and everyone benefits.

It’s beyond me why some are so hell bent on taking the enablers path on this crap.

capejasmine on May 6, 2010 at 2:46 PM

There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

Thanks, Ed. Sometimes enough is enough.

Mirimichi on May 6, 2010 at 2:51 PM

As far as I can tell, it’s impossible to contact Comedy Central from their website. If anybody figured it out, kindly let me know.

rrpjr on May 6, 2010 at 2:59 PM

While I agree with the Anchoress that I don’t worry much about others mocking Jesus because ‘God is not mocked’, I think one thing to consider is that moves like this actually diminish the lessons learned from the likes of Ghandi and MLK and increase the likelihood that the use of violence to get what you want, or to show your displeasure will increase.

Simply put, Viacom is showing us that violence and intimidation are tactics that work. If I am a young and impressionable pro life activist, am I going to now be more inclined to use violence to achieve my ends or less?

This is annoying on the surface, but below that it’s got the potential to be a real nightmare.

makewi on May 6, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Comedy Central is now Cowardly Central

uber-con on May 6, 2010 at 3:17 PM

And even that would have been understandable — had CC made the decision to avoid religious satire altogether. Instead, they’re launching a new effort to parody Christianity while imposing the rule of radical Islamists on satires of Islam. There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

South Park Creators Concerned New Comedy Central Humor Review Board Will Limit Their Creativity

Mervis Winter on May 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM

A Comedy Central spokesperson defended the new review process, saying “Why should this network outsource a censorship policy when we’re fully capable of operating it in-house?”

Heh.

Spiny Norman on May 6, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Two questions:

1. Will Stone and Parker have the integrity to satirize Comedy Central about this (and will CC run it if they do)?

2. How long do you think it will be before JC winds up in a gay bar and/or Greenwich Village? I’m thinking within 3 episodes. Should we start a pool?

JackOfClubs on May 6, 2010 at 3:24 PM

This is annoying on the surface, but below that it’s got the potential to be a real nightmare.

makewi on May 6, 2010 at 3:00 PM

That’s what people haven’t seemed to grasp. We are teaching bad lessons to bad people, and we will pay a price.

DFCtomm on May 6, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Simply put, Viacom is showing us that violence and intimidation are tactics that work. If I am a young and impressionable pro life activist, am I going to now be more inclined to use violence to achieve my ends or less?
[...]
makewi on May 6, 2010 at 3:00 PM

For the most part, no. The pro-life movement has matured over the last 37 years and has learned how to police itself. A few hot-heads may follow this logic, but they will be quickly slapped down by the veterans. Only the mentally unstable folks will actually follow through, and they are unpredictable anyway.

JackOfClubs on May 6, 2010 at 3:30 PM

@ makewi on May 6, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Outsanding point, makewi.

Instead of tsk-tsking conservative talk show hosts for exacerbating the potential for the expression of violent anger among the masses, perhaps the media & pundits who’re allegedly so concerned about the supposed danger posed by tea partiers to public order should look right under their noses among their own fellow travellers on the left who are actively & openly rewarding the expression of violent anger from some quarters and in the process encouraging more of it from all quarters.

leilani on May 6, 2010 at 3:33 PM

“Utter contempt” Yup. Pretty much sums it up.

skydaddy on May 6, 2010 at 3:33 PM

I couldn’t have said it better!

joe_doufu on May 6, 2010 at 3:38 PM

JackOfClubs on May 6, 2010 at 3:30 PM

The pro-life movement is merely an example of a group from which however small a portion of it’s members have shown a willingness to use violence in the past. My point isn’t about pro-lifers. I happen to be a pro-lifer.

You could just as easily use ELF or Black Bloc Anarchists or any other group who wants something. The point remains, violence or the threat of violence works.

makewi on May 6, 2010 at 3:42 PM

But doesn’t Islam
Revere Christ as a prophet?
Fatwas all around…

Anybody remember “The Last Temptation of Christ”? 1988 film by Martin Scorsese? Extremely blasphemous? Scorsese and liberals had a grand time mocking Christians in general, and Christ in particular. But when they tried overseas distribution, Scorsese quickly discovered Christians were the least of his worries. (After all, we Christians don’t behead people with whom we disagree. Muslims? Well, THAT’S different.) So “Comedy Censored” may be stepping on another land mine, what with mocking Messiah. Surprisingly, Comedy Censored may find Muslims offended by the mocking of one of the people Muslims revere, and we know that doesn’t always end well, don’t we?

oldleprechaun on May 6, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Comedy Cowardly Central.

Dominion on May 6, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Yay! I want to make fun of Christians too!!! Are they white, male and southern? BONUS!!! Thanks Comedy Central, your profiles in courage have inspired me to make the incredibly difficult decision to make fun of the previously un-maligned Christian faith and its adherants.

/s

alohapundit on May 6, 2010 at 6:04 PM

There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

Wow, it’s just weird seeing this word under Ed’s byline. Perfectly appropriate, though. CC are nothing but a gaggle of big, fat pussies.

holygoat on May 6, 2010 at 6:29 PM

When my religion is under attack, It reminds me that I am in the right religion. The gates of hell will continue to try and prevail against it.

Eternal Triumph… not always temporally pretty.

ttime500 on May 6, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Strangely enough, when I heard about this, I was not offended or even surprised. I could be way off base here, but I don’t think they have any intention of going through with this. I think they are just “stirring the pot” and playing mind games with the factions that threatened them with violence and even death.

They have provoked the other side now, but instead of death threats, the”Evil Western Civilization” will simply organize email and letter writing campaigns threatening boycotts of Viacom and their advertisers. Viacom will then simply release a statement siting “creative differences”, the project will go back into the planning stages and the whole thing will be forgotten in a few weeks!

This will just solidfy the point that Parker & Stone were going for in that original episode that started all this mess!

SoFla Texan on May 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Instead, they’re launching a new effort to parody Christianity while imposing the rule of radical Islamists on satires of Islam. There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

Oh my, Ed. I agree.

Jesus moves to the big city?
Not a happy ending

Shy Guy on May 6, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I don’t care who you are, damn, that’s funny

phineas on May 6, 2010 at 8:03 PM

There’s a word for the kind of people who only pick fights with no risk whatsoever: pussies.

You’re a big man, Ed. Let’s see if you talk so tough if you’re in a position when you’re responsible for the safety of people who work under you.

I’m not saying I agree with Comedy Central’s decision here, but I’m not going to act like this was an easy decision or one I may not have made myself if I were in that position. Fact is that by airing that cartoon, Comedy Central makes itself a target for people who very well could do physical harm to people who work there, people who have nothing to do with the creative of the show or the decision to air it.

It’s easy to say you’d stare in the face of danger and stand by your convictions while you’re typing at a keyboard, but it’s another thing do follow through on it when the danger is real and you’re not the only person you’re endangering by making the decision.

It’s similar to the decision that Geico made to fire their spokesman. They probably didn’t want to, but it was a controversy, that as a company, they could do without.

Tom_Shipley on May 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM

“When danger Radical Islam lured its ugly head, he Comedy Central bravely turned his their tail and fled!”

olesparkie on May 7, 2010 at 7:54 AM

“In general, comedy in purist form always makes some people uncomfortable…”

When did this statement come into general usage? This is patently false. Comedy in its purist form makes people laugh. Some great comedy has made people uncomfortable (Richard Pryor, George Carlin, George Lopez). Some great comedy has made people feel comfortable (Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart, Carlos Mencia). This new definition is definitely being pushed by our more liberal friends…just as “Piss Christ” was pushed as real art simply because it offended.

allstonian on May 7, 2010 at 9:06 AM