Comedy Central’s cowardice and censorship of South ParkApril 22, 2010
I saw this on South Park’s website this morning.
From the New York Times:
An episode of “South Park” that continued a story line involving the Prophet Muhammad was shown Wednesday night on Comedy Central with audio bleeps and image blocks reading “CENSORED” after a Muslim group warnedthe show’s creators that they could face violence for depicting that holy Islamic prophet. Revolution Muslim, a group based in New York, wrote on its Web site that the “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker “will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh” for an episode shown last week in which a character said to be the Prophet Muhammad was seen wearing a bear costume. Mr. Van Gogh was slain in Amsterdam in 2004 after making a film that discussed the abuse of Muslim women in some Islamic societies.
The new episode of “South Park” on Wednesday night tried to revisit this character, but with the name and depiction of the character blocked out. It was unclear how much of the bleeping was Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker’s decision. In a message posted on their Web site, SouthParkStudios.com, they wrote that they could not immediately stream the new episode on the site because:
After we delivered the show, and prior to broadcast, Comedy Central placed numerous additional audio bleeps throughout the episode. We do not have network approval to stream our original version of the show.
On Thursday morning, a spokesman for Comedy Central confirmed that the network had added more bleeps to the episode than were in the cut delivered by South Park Studios, and that it was not giving permission for the episode to run on the studio’s Web site.
Comedy Central ruined last night’s episode and should be ashamed. Even though the ginger based storyline with Cartman’s father linked to one of the best South Park episodes either, that was completely overshadowed by the overcensoship of the episode. Last night Comedy Central didn’t even allow the word Mohammed to be said on the show, and completely censored the ending to a point where it wasn’t even funny. I hope that Matt and Trey stand up to this crap and are allowed to air their episode uncensored online in the near future.