April 23, 2010

South Park creators face Islamist death threat

by Benjamin Graham

The creators of TV show South Park have been warned they could be murdered for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit in the cartoon’s 200th episode.

An article on the website of US-based Islamist group Revolution Islam told Matt Stone and Trey Parker that they “will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show.”

The Dutch film maker was murdered by an Islamist in 2004 because of a film he made about Muslim women.

“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid,” the article read, written under the name of Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee.

“This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them,” it added.

Certain branches of Islam consider any depiction of the Prophet to be blasphemous.

In the 201st episode of South Park, references to Muhammad were bleeped out despite Stone and Parker’s strong anti-censorship stance.

Before the 200th episode was aired, Parker said: “We’d be so hypocritical against our own message, our own thoughts, if we said, ‘okay, well let’s not make fun of them because they won’t hurt us.'”

Stone added: “It matters to me when we talk about Muhammad that I can say we did this.

“I don’t think it’s going to change the world, but this is how it’s got to be for our show.”

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