Last week Comedy Central aired the 200th episode of the animated series “South Park” and creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone did their best to make it as offensive as possible. That’s what the show is known for and they delivered 200 celebrities and pop culture icons one of whom was a religious figure. According to FoxNews, the appearance of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad as a mascot bear has caused a serious stir in the Muslim community.
After the airing of “South Park’s” anniversary episode RevolutionMuslim.com posted an angry and direct message to Parker and Stone about their negative depiction of Muhammad.
“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show,” the posting reads. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”
The quote was posted along with a photo of Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered in 2004 after making a documentary on violence against Muslim women. They continued to say that this wasn’t a threat but a likely outcome if they continued with their parodies. If that wasn’t scary enough, the website also has audio of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American born preacher (believed to be hiding in Yemen) who promotes assassinating those who defame Muhammad. There was even a report that he along with several others have the details and locations of Parker and Stone’s homes in Colorado.
Faith and religion are very sensitive subjects but “South Park” won’t leave that stone unturned. They’ll make fun of it just as quickly as they would a sex scandal or a celebrity. Honestly, I don’t feel that they’re creating these characters out of spite or hatred. It’s just bad toilet humor and if it’s not your cup of tea don’t watch it. Don’t support it. But don’t kill somebody over it.
Do you think the South Park Muhammad sketch went too far?