A radical Islamic website is warning the creators of the long-running Comedy Central series South Park that they could face violent retribution for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit during an episode broadcast airing week, CNN.com reported Tuesday.
In a description of tomorrow night’s episode, the network writes: “South Park is in danger from angry celebrities, violent Ginger kids and Mecha Streisand in an all-new episode titled ‘201,’ premiering on Wednesday, April 21 at 10PM on Comedy Central. It’s a tense situation in South Park as Muhammad has become the pawn in the game to save the town. The Ginger kids are threatening to destroy the city if Stan and Kyle don’t hand over the Prophet and the celebrities have met violence with violence by unleashing Mecha Streisand.”
The jokes are falling on deaf ears for some. Revolutionmuslim.com, based in New York, has criticized the show for including a satirical discussion on whether an image of the Prophet Mohammed could be shown, and a posting on the website now warns South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone that their flippancy could make them the targets of violent attacks.
“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably end up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show,” the message read, referring to a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered after making a film about violence against women in some Islamic societies. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”
The post lists the addresses for Comedy Central’s New York offices and Los Angeles headquarters of Parker and Stone’s production company.