The furor sparked by a satirical television show has reached new heights, and it looks like Comedy Central may be the newest victim of self-censorship in response to Islamist rage.
As we reported yesterday, the creators of "South Park" were threatened by Islamist propaganda machine RevolutionMuslim.com, after an episode of the television show aired included a portrayal of the prophet Mohammad in a bear suit. Wednesday night, the show continued the storyline, but with a twist—Comedy Central excised any reference to Mohammad.
In Wednesday's show, which is not available on the network's website, every instance of the words "Prophet Mohammad" was bleeped out and the character of Mohammad was once again hidden from view, this time covered by a large block labeled "censored."
Show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone aren't happy. They issued this statement on their production studio 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."