Comedy Central caves, South Park gets bleeped over Muhammad cartoon
In case you haven’t yet seen part deux of South Park’s 200th episode, get ready for a pretty serious disappointment; because of veiled threats the Studio and creators received from a bunch of religious fundy douches, the episode was so bleeped out it was hard to actually know what the hell was going on. At first, I thought maybe the whole joke had been one huge meta-joke (poking fun at the fact they would get censored), but in a recent statement Trey Parker and Matt Stone made this announcement:
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.
There you have it folks. It’s gotten so bad even the mention of the NAME Muhammad is enough to scare people into silence. It’s a sad day for America and a sad day for the important idea of freedom of speech. You know, I hear a lot of talk about the need to “defend” the Constitution from right wing nutjobs who carry miniature versions of it around in their pockets. Perhaps they should pay more attention to the fact that under their very noses, rights that are guaranteed are being challenged by threats of violence from religious fundamentalists. If you love your Constitution and your country so much, you should be fighting for the right for people to speak their mind, no matter how much their speech offends your sensibilities. It’s the only way to guarantee when YOU have something important to say, no one will be allowed to stop you.
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