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Comedy Central Censors South Park For Its Own Good

After last week’s episode of South Park prompted a thinly-veiled death threat towards the show’s creators, Comedy Central has confirmed that last night’s episode was censored by the network due to security fears.

Last week’s 200th episode, with its depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a bear outfit, prompted extremist website to post the following

We have to warn Matt (Stone) and Trey (Parker) that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show.

– accompanied by images of Van Gogh, the Dutch filmmaker killed in 2004 by an Islamic militant, as well as information on the show’s production offices. Although Comedy Central declined to comment when the posting went live, last night’s episode of the show had every use of the words “Prophet Muhammad” bleeped out, and the character’s visual was obscured by a large black “censored” box. The Hollywood Reporter has the network’s confirmation that the changes were made by them, and not the program makers. Stone and Parker aren’t amused:

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.

Considering the show’s reputation, I doubt it’ll be too long before this subject gets addressed by the characters themselves…


  • Aaron Poehler

    What a completely bullshit headline: “Comedy Central Censors South Park For Its Own Good” For whose own good? It’s ridiculous and unfounded to imply Comedy Central was somehow trying to “protect” Parker and Stone instead of themselves.

    I know this blogging thing is difficult, but take two seconds to reread your writing and think before you press “Publish”.

  • Mokal

    Exactly. The extremist website also provided the address to Comedy Central’s offices. Comedy Central censored South Park for Comedy Central’s own good.

  • Graeme McMillan

    Note to self: Intended ambiguity over the identity of the “it” in headline is apparently not a good idea.

  • OTC

    Southpark is a joke and should not be taken seriously..

  • The Mad Monkey

    It’s a cartoon…get over it.

  • Jolly Mon

    “It’s a cartoon…get over it.”

    That’s right, because that’s what Islamic militants do. They get over things. Yep, “forgive and forget”, that’s their motto. Just ask Salman Rushdie. Or is he still in hiding?

  • Chase

    What worries me is the precedence Comedy Central has set here. South Park has literally made fun of literally everything under the Sun. But apparently Muhammad is not allowed. I understand the fear here, but if they give in it won’t go away. It will simply pop up again if this issue is again pressed, and it will be eventually. Bullies shouldn’t win. And Comedy Central should stand behind one of its top shows that has this history of controversy. I don’t care if it was in poor taste. This is America, and satire of all kinds is allowed. As long as it makes it past the FCC. Get over it Abu Talhah al-Amrikee.

  • Brianobx

    Damn shame.

  • demoncat

    Comedy Central was just protecting themselves from the death threats after all they did the same thing with the trapped in the closet episode trying to pull it only after matt and Trey had a fit did they change. Muhammad comedy central will never show no matter what. the speech they did not need to bleep and hopefuly they fix that for the dvd. and no doubt matt and Trey have an episode about this happening already int he works.

  • TonyJazz

    I don’t always agree with Trey & Matt, but South Park is shear GENIUS! It is the edgiest show on television, and don’t you think they knew that some of the show would be censored? I was with a crowd watching it, and the unheard speeches at the end also got guffaws from everyone….