Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the producers and brains behind "South Park," said that Comedy Central censored a speech about intimidation and fear from their show after a radical Muslim group warned that they could be killed for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

According to a statement released by the duo, the bleeps inserted throughout the controversial episode  was not a joke or commentary on censorship, as some had speculated.

"It wasn't some meta-joke on our part," Parker and Stone said. Earlier this week, the radical group Revolution Muslim said on its website that "South Park" had insulted their prophet during its 200th episode by depicting him in a bear costume. The group said it wasn't threatening Parker and Stone, but the web post included a gruesome picture of Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker killed by a Muslim extremist in 2004, and said the producers could meet the same fate...

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Do you agree with Comedy Central's decision to censor the image and name of Mohammed in Episode 201 of South Park?
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the producers and brains behind "South Park," said that Comedy Central censored a speech about intimidation and fear from their show after a radical Muslim group warned that they could be killed for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

According to a statement released by the duo, the bleeps inserted throughout the controversial episode was not a joke or commentary on censorship, as some had speculated.

"It wasn't some meta-joke on our part," Parker and Stone said. Earlier this week, the radical group Revolution Muslim said on its website that "South Park" had insulted their prophet during its 200th episode by depicting him in a bear costume. The group said it wasn't threatening Parker and Stone, but the web post included a gruesome picture of Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker killed by a Muslim extremist in 2004, and said the producers could meet the same fate...

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12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 7:20:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
No they are taking away free speech just because it would offend people.

South Park offends people all the time, but only Mohammed and f*ck have ever censored. Why should he get special treatment?
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 8:01:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/26/10 - 7:20:17 PM lsu90 wrote:
No they are taking away free speech just because it would offend people. South Park offends people all the time, but only Mohammed and f*ck have ever censored. Why should he get special treatment?

f#ck has been said on the show uncensored. I think it may have even been an accident or something... because it was when the episode where Cartman faked tourette's aired for the first time and he called Kyle's mom a f#ckin jew or something... I'm quite positive it went uncensored.

As for the Mohammed thing, they already tried to do it in a previous episode, and Comedy Central didn't allow it then either... personally I think it's bullsh*t.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:06:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. They allowed every other religion to be mocked. It's rather hypocritical of them to censor this episode.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:22:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, of course not.

Censoring anything to appease the terrorists means that the they have won.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:28:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
To clarify:

We are willing to have our free society to be destroyed because we're afraid that our people will die.

If our very rights are lesser than our fears, then what is the point of living in a constitutional society?
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:31:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
"We are willing to have our free society to be destroyed because we're afraid that our people will die."

Oh bull-f*cking-sh*t. You love free speech so much? Go dress up as KKK member and parade through the streets of a ghetto.

It's not up to Comedy Central to put their own asses on the line just so you horde of morons get your "free speech" rights.

Bunch of chicken-sh*ts

12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:34:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
I still suspect Matt & Trey pulled a fast one on their own audience.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:34:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/26/10 - 9:31:55 PM mynameismike wrote:
You love free speech so much? Go dress up as KKK member and parade through the streets of a ghetto.

What does that have to do with free speech, exactly?
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:37:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/26/10 - 9:31:55 PM mynameismike wrote:
You love free speech so much? Go dress up as KKK member and parade through the streets of a ghetto.
On Monday 4/26/10 - 9:34:44 PM Kungfullama wrote:
What does that have to do with free speech, exactly?

Freedom of expression almost = freedom of speech.

Replace that with "shout incredibly racist slogans" and you get a perfect analogy
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:41:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
well, just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean you should go ahead and do it

so of course, as a proponent of freedom of speech / expression, I'd be upset if walking through a ghetto in a KKK outfit was banned
and equally so if shouting incredibly racist slogans was outlawed

though this doesn't mean I'm about to do either. it's about defending the RIGHT to do those things, not about defending the actual words or actions themselves. you know, Voltaire. I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:44:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't actually subscribe to that Voltaire adage. But regardless.
Who is taking away whose right here? Comedy Central is taking away the writers' right? I don't think so. Comedy Central is exercising their right to *not* be associated with this speech. That is their right as people who's ass will be put on the line if such images were aired.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:45:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/26/10 - 9:31:55 PM mynameismike wrote:
It's not up to Comedy Central to put their own asses on the line just so you horde of morons get your "free speech" rights. Bunch of chicken-sh*ts


I think it's fair to point out that the dangers here are mostly imagined. Whereas in Europe, the Muslim population is higher and more of those are fundamental, the risk of harm in the US, particularly to a large broadcaster, is next to nil.

So IF CC did this for "safety reasons", then it is likely for a very well imagined threat rather than a real one.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:48:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/26/10 - 9:45:30 PM Malletman wrote:
So IF CC did this for "safety reasons", then it is likely for a very well imagined threat rather than a real one.

Maybe, but it's still something I personally wouldn't want hovering in the back of my head as I go to sleep.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:48:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
I know that it's a different case, what with the censorship being self-inflicted
so what they did can't really be changed, just discouraged

because the entire purpose of free speech, the free exchange of ideas, you get the same result of that dying with censorship when it comes from above or if it's self-imposed.

you don't need to burn the books. just get people to stop writing them.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:50:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
"you don't need to burn the books. just get people to stop writing them."

Honestly, I don't see this "free speech" as a socially useful exercise of it to warrant attracting such concerns.

And like I said, I don't believe in unbridled free speech.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:52:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Like I said earlier, I'm not really concerned with the speech itself (which could be anything) as much as the issue that it was censored. it could be trash for all I care, but it's a worrying precedent that threats can silence a broadcasting company, even if it was a South Park episode

though if you don't really believe in free speech, then we're just eventually going to hit an impasse
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:55:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh wait, I have a bright idea! WHY'DE THEY MAKE SOMETHING THAT WOULD DRAW IRE FROM PEOPLE SO SENSITIVE ABOUT THEMSLEVES DURING THIS TIME IN THE FIRST PLACE?! Do they know why we can't bring water bottles onto planes, huh? We live in a time during which people are most likely to get hurt due to offending others. It's differnet with us muslims because things like showing the prophet is actually in our Holy Book, the Koran! Does the Bible say you can't draw a picture of Jesus? I on't think so. And now they're acting like "OMG, I never thought this would happen!".
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 9:56:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not saying that whatever the radicals are implying is right, though. It's just that Trey and Matt knew what they were getting into, and should've expected this. I watch South Park myself, but I don't think I'm gonna watch this episode. The series is getting stale, anyways.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 10:54:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
@mynameismike: So you're claiming that the problem is that people dress as a racist, completely ignoring the assault/murder against them.

The problem here is that we're expecting, allowing and awaiting murder as a retaliation for a cartoon.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 11:12:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
[assuming American - that is US, and definitely not Brazil]

Again, if we're willing to dismiss our First Amendment for
personal protection, then what is the point of it, and thus our entire constitution?

I'll admit that I avoid stupid things, but it's entirely different for an individual to to stupid things, who faces jailtime, from a corporation doing stupid things against an international force.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 11:37:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
if they were threatening physical violence towards the creators, they should have been found and arrested. just more liberal pandering to the muslims, at least we now know there are potential terrorist cells operating within our own country and obama is all too oblivious to care about it.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/26/10 - 11:49:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Last time I checked, it wasn't the president's job to track down terrorists. I believe that task falls to the FBI.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 3:13:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. While I can understand trying to cover your asses in such a controversial situation, I simply can't support censorship without a really good reason.

I really doubt any of the threats of violence will be actually brought to action, but stopping terrorists isn't Comedy Central's responsibility, anyway.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 6:57:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
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On Monday 4/26/10 - 8:01:17 PM HardRocks wrote:
As for the Mohammed thing, they already tried to do it in a previous episode, and Comedy Central didn't allow it then either... personally I think it's bullsh*t.


Not true. Episode 68, aired in 2001 pre 9/11.



Mohammed (above) was one of the super best friends with the power of flame.

Comedy central didn't worry about causing offense to the Muslim community until they started thinking they would be bombed.

In other words, they don't care about offending Muslims, they don't give a crap about free speech and certainly nothing for artistic integrety.

Their only concern is protecting their worthless, chickensh*t backsides.
12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 7:04:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/27/10 - 3:13:16 PM Koto wrote:
I really doubt any of the threats of violence will be actually brought to action, but stopping terrorists isn't Comedy Central's responsibility, anyway.


As a broadcaster, protecting free speech and the artistic integrety of the shows they air is their responsibility.

If they give in to the threats of every group of nutjobs, Comedy Central will soon be broadcasting nothing but one long beep interupted by adverts.

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