South Park vs. Militant Islamic Radicals & One Angry Red-Headed Kid

I spy with my little eye something that is BLASPHEMOUS!

This week saw the airing of “South Park’s” 201st episode, the aptly named “201.” In it, celebrities and Gingers collided over possession of the Muslim prophet Mohammad who both sides believed solely possessed the ability to “never get made fun of ever.” It was a poignant episode that lived up to the hype of the series, now in its fourteenth season, reaching such a momentous milestone. It was not without controversy as, not unlike the last time creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker (Peace be Upon Them) flirted with broadcasting an image of Mohammad (seen as the highest level of blasphemy in certain Islamic circles, punishable by death), there was an overlying fear at the show’s home Comedy Central that death threats would be made. Little did they know that they would incur the wrath of not only Militant Muslims but a Rigorously Rowdy Redhead.

The Islam-centric threats came from the New York-based website RevolutionIslam. I’d like to quote their official statement that mentioned previous artists murdered for depicting Mohammad in the past and specific directions as to how to get to the creators’ (Peace Be Upon Them) homes, but I can’t as their website has since been hacked in the absolute most hilarious of ways. Minor as it may seem, the threat was enough to intimidate the network itself, resulting in every instance of the word “Mohammad” used in the episode being bleeped out, and a large black censor-bar completely obscuring the prophet for the entire half-hour duration. The network went one step further as to pull the episode out of its scheduled rerun slots, as well as made it, as well as every other episode that so much as mentioned the prophet (!), unavailable to stream on both Netflix and the show’s website.

One of these things is not like the others...

Is Comedy Central overreacting? Perhaps.* Without getting into “we can’t let the terrorists win” rhetoric, I have to echo the sentiment of the show’s original “Cartoon Wars” two-parter from 2006 where, addressing the Danish Mohammad cartoon fiasco, declared that in the eyes of parody “either everything’s OK or nothing is OK.” It’s a slippery slope and, seeing as every other religion has been blasphemed to some degree, sets a dangerous precedent. Stone and Parker (Peace Be Upon Them) responded yesterday morning with this message on the show’s official website:

In the 14 years we’ve been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn’t some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle’s customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn’t mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We’ll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we’ll see what happens to it.

Also angry with Stone and Parker (Peace Be Upon Them) is a red-headed Youtube “personality” named CopperCab. You’ve probably seen his original outrage video from a few months ago venting his frustration with the show’s treatment of “Gingers,” people born with red hair, pale skin and freckles:

Which became such a phenomenon that the boys (Peace Be Upon Them) aired a clip of Cartman recreating the video as a commercial for the show’s season premiere:

Of course Coppercab saw the clip and, channeling the spirit of Mick Foley, came back with this:

Personally, I find the idea of one of the biggest franchises in cable-television history targeting an obscure 18-year-old boy for something he said on the internet to be hilarious. Coppercab seems non-plused by the entire thing and, following the implicating of Gingers in the last episode, came back with this:

Folks, if you’re like me, you can’t stop watching those opening three seconds. Incredible. I’d make the kid one of my favorite nutzoids, but I’m not convinced his sheer insanity has peaked yet. Could the Gingers and Radical Islam perhaps be in cahoots? Is this a multi-national conspiracy to get “South Park” removed once and for all? How will Matt and Trey (Peace Be Upon Them) respond on Wednesday? Now that we finally know Cartman’s father, it looks like every truth will be coming forward soon.

So until next time…let’s agree to agree!

UPDATE CUPCAKE: As of 3:15 PM ET on April 23rd 2010 AD, London has REFUSED to air episode “201.” More on this as it develops.

*And by “perhaps” I mean “yes.”

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6 Comments on “South Park vs. Militant Islamic Radicals & One Angry Red-Headed Kid”

  1. Anne McLaughlin Says:

    The First Amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech
    was placed first because without it and the 2nd amendment no freedom is possible. Freedom of speech
    is frequently controversial and at times ugly. If one
    has an opinion anyone who doesn’t like it is perfectly free to express his negative views but
    all parties must be ready to defend their opinions by robust debate out in the open for all to see.
    The Comedy network has taken yet another step along
    the path to appeasement. What next ? Will they comply
    when they are asked by some muslim group to burn the
    tapes ? Would they have succumbed to a Christian or
    or Jewish request ? No they would not. They are
    the sort of cowards who stand by while a bully
    beats a person who is no threat to him. The phrase
    ” the muslims are enraged ” is getting a bit old.
    In September I finished reading the Koran for the
    sixth time and with a fourth set of commentaries.
    One set corroborates the other. This is the only religion devoid of the Golden Rule that I have ever seen. Contemporary comments and the earliest ones
    clearly state beating your wife is perfectly permissible, and antisemitism is entrenched in it
    from its earliest written account. No muslim is permitted even today to leave Islam for if he does
    he, as an apostate, can be murdered by any other muslim who feels inclined and is looking for a bit of exercise. One can see that beating one’s wife is
    a trivial pastime indeed when compared to hunting down your fellow co-religionist and killing him all for the sake of the God who can’t or won’t do his own wet work. Just as in the schoolyard, a bully must be taken down as no amount of reason or kindness will satisfy him. Appeasement didn’t work with Hitler or Stalin and it won’t work with the insecure chunks of evil called jihadis. There much to be said for the administration, of a swift kick in the ass. Every literate member of nations with origens in Western Civilization should do themselves a favor and read
    this book along with the accepted commentaries as
    though their lives depended upon it. After they do they can form their own conclusions. As for the Comedy Channel shame on them !

    • Chaz Says:

      For the record, it’s Comedy Central which airs South Park in the US and made the edits. Comedy Channel and The Comedy Network, while the names are similar, are both VERY different channels owned by different companies that broadcast exclusively in Canada. I haven’t heard one way or the other as to whether South Park has been altered in different markets.

  2. Robert Says:

    Wow, that is one angry Ginger…. Didn’t know Gingers could even get angry. Probably just acting…

  3. Reggie Says:

    Why have I not seen Coppercab before? His commentary is a thousand times more compelling than people arguing over whether or not it is prudent to show a crude representation of Muhammed on a silly cartoon.

  4. David O'Hanlon Says:

    HA HA HA THIS MUST BE AN ACT,I’m a red haired guy myself and i find the ginger episodes in south park hilarious.Gingers have no souls ha ha i cant take this seriously

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