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South Park creators warned over Muhammad depiction

In the interest of full disclosure I have to admit that I am not, and have never been, a fan of South Park. The show is offensive in just about every definition of the word as I understand it. Having said that; I can't help but wonder how far we have fallen as a people when it becomes a health hazard to be offensive.

In their latest attempt at "humor" the creators of South Park have once again taken on (attacked) religion. There is nothing new about that but it seems they have drawn veiled (or not) death threats for their efforts.

The BBC reported the following:

Islamists have warned the creators of TV show South Park they could face violent retribution for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.


A posting on the website of the US-based group, Revolution Muslim, told Matt Stone and Trey Parker they would "probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh".


The Dutch film-maker was shot and stabbed to death in 2004 by an Islamist angered by his film about Muslim women.


A subsequent episode of the cartoon bleeped out references to Muhammad.


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The posting gave details about a home Stone and Parker reportedly co-own.


It also listed the addresses of their production office in California and the New York office of South Park's broadcaster, Comedy Central.


"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," warned the posting, written in the name of Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee.


"This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them," it added.


Mr al-Amrikee later told the Associated Press the posting was not an incitement to violence. It had been published to raise awareness of the issue and to see that it did not happen again, he added.

As offensive as I find South Park I have certainly never advocated killing its creators. The idea, in fact, seems counterproductive to the cause. Stirring such a controversy about their endeavors will more likely draw a crowd to see what the fuss is all about. I guess killing them would make them martyrs to the cause; whatever that cause may be.

I would prefer the age old tactic of ignoring ignorance. If no one pays any attention to South Park it will likely run its course, like a bad cold, and be gone.

3 comments:

  1. LMAO You're joking right? This is blatant censorship. What happened to our free speech rights? Comedy Central bowed to a weak ass threat. This is America we have the right to say what we want. If they don't like they can go back to their sandy lame ass country. Oh and by the way, "If no one pays any attention to South Park it will likely run its course, like a bad cold, and be gone." YEAH RIGHT! It's been on for over a decade and continues to get better.

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  2. I appreciate your comments Matthew. I think you misunderstand me though. I was not advocating that anyone ignore South Park per se. What I was trying to convey is that rather than send death threats it would be a better alternative to ignore it. I am not a fan of South Park but I am a fan of free speech.

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  3. Well said.
    How many really vile, antisemitic (read: anti Jews) cartoons have there been over the decades?

    And how many times have Jews responded with violence or death threats to the cartoonists?
    Of course, the difference is that those antisemitic cartoons were blood-libel lies and incitement to violence against the Jews, which should not have been allowed: incitement to riot does not constitute free speech.

    The anti-Muslim cartoons, however, are truth.

    (By the way, I never liked South Park either. Too crude.)

    (www.lady-light.blogspot.com)

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