Has South Park gone too far this time?
Producers of the irreverant Comedy Central series South Park beeped out the words Prophet Muhammad and plastered its Wednesday episode with the word “CENSORED” after being issued a grim warning by a radical New York-based Muslim group this week.
In a description of last night’s episode, the network wrote: “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.”
Revolutionmuslim.com 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 website warning followed the first in a two-part episode of South Park (entitled “201”) a week ago in which Prophet Mohammad was depicted in a bear outfit. The statement posted the address of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Los Angeles production studio, however a spokesman for the group denied the statement was a threat against the animators.
“Revolution Muslim only wants those offended to be able to voice their opposition by letters to the show’s creators,” a spokesman told CNN Wednesday.