South Park‘s recent episode depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit garnered them death threats from a radical Islamic group, and even though the attack resulted in defenses from Anderson Cooper and Bill O’Reilly, Comedy Central still censored the follow-up episode last night. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have now responded to the censorship, standing up in defense of their show.
Comedy Central censored the second half of the two-part episode that riled up the Muslim extremists, bleeping out the name of the Prophet and along with anything remotely controversial, including the final speech from character Kyle that did not mention the Prophet but could have been interpreted as a challenge to the threats. Their response, via NYT:
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.
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