10-apr-06Let me state up-front that I don’t watch the show South Park. What I know about it wouldn’t fill a teaspoon. The only South Park episode I’ve seen in its entirety is “Over Logging.” However, even that little bit tells me the show — and really, its creators (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) — are willing to take on anything. They’ve ridiculed Scientology, any number of celebrities, and even politically-incorrect targets like the handicapped. But when they dared take on Islam, they found themselves the target of a fatwa. And the network that carries their show had to deal with that. Here’s the Los Angeles Times report on some Muslims’ tantrum over it (WebCite cached article):

In its 200 shows, the irreverent animated program “South Park” has mercilessly satirized Christianity, Buddhism, Scientology, the blind and disabled, gay people, Hollywood celebrities and politicians of all persuasions, weathering the resulting protests and threats of boycotts.

But this week, after an ominous threat from a radical Muslim website, the network that airs the program bleeped out all references to the prophet Muhammad in the second of two episodes set to feature the holy figure dressed in a bear costume. The incident provides the latest example that media conglomerates are still struggling to balance free speech with safety concerns and religious sensitivities, six years after Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was slain for making a film critical of Islamic society. …

The network may have thought it had no choice after revolutionmuslim.com, the website of a fringe group, delivered a grim warning about last week’s episode, which depicted Muhammad dressed as a bear.

“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,” the posting said. A photo of Van Gogh’s body lying in the street was included with the original posting, which has been unavailable to some Web users since news of the item broke earlier this week. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

I won’t say anything about the illogic of making a threat against people, then saying it’s “not a threat”; a threat is a threat is a threat, and it doesn’t cease being a threat merely because you later say it’s “not a threat.”

'Bombhead' cartoon by K. WestergaardThis wouldn’t be the first time Muslims have threatened people over things like this … a while ago I blogged on the controversy over the film Fatwa by a Dutch parliamentarian. The reference to Theo van Gogh is an ominous one; he’s another Dutch movie maker whose short film, Submission, triggered his murder back in 2004. Then there’s the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoon controversy which I’ve also blogged about, and which continues to spark violence, even years later.

These people are deadly fucking serious about not dissing their Prophet. I’m not sure on what rational grounds they think everything in the universe can be lampooned and satirized by South Park, but not Islam … but they think so nonetheless. It’s all very juvenile.

By way of support for South Park’s creators, I’m putting one of the Jyllands-Posten cartoons here. It’s time the world’s Muslims finally all grew up and started acting like mature adults.

Lede photo credit: sashafatcat.

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