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South Park 201 Censored After Muslim Death Threats

South Park being censored? That's no surprise for people who watch South Park. But the show being censored for South Park 201 marks a fresh, new milestone that might have been created to specifically attract the attention of censors. Comedy Central began censoring the show after receiving death threats from some Muslim groups. Muslims evidently watch South Park. They also consider any physical representation of their prophet -- cartoon, drawing, sculpture, movie, etc. -- to be blasphemous, and in the case of extremists, punishable by death.

Censored South Park 201

A likeness of Muhammad was expected to be revealed from fans of South Park in South Park 201 which was censored Wednesday night on Comedy Central and denied network approval for streaming online. The character was concealed by a bearsuit in South Park episode 200. In episode 201, the Muhammad character comes out but it blacked out by a censor bar. The name of the character is bleeped out whenever spoken.

Funnier than original: South Park 201 censored?

Comedy Central censoring South Park 201 after published their death threats might have really been funnier for individuals who viewed it. It could possibly be said that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone used the occasion as an opportunity for self-parody, not to mention a huge surge of publicity no amount of pay day cash could buy too quickly.

Extreme South Park episodes offend extremists

Muhammad depicted in episode 200 of South Park in a bear suit brought out the wrath of Parker and Stone no doubt must have imagined exactly what could have happened in the subsequent South Park episodes following the group's site published a post claiming they "outright insulted" the Prophet:

"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 post read. "This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them."

The post showed a graphic photo of Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered Amsterdam in 2004 by a Muslim offended by Van Gogh's film about Muslim women. Then listed were the addresses of Parker and Stone’s California production office and Comedy Central’s New York office.

Other South Park episodes

Other South Park episodes censored consist of one in 2006 when Parker and Stone wanted to weigh in on a controversy involving Muslim death threats motivated by caricatures of Muhammad published in a Danish newspaper. Comedy Central passed on the extra cash that would have come from depicting an image of Muhammad in that South Park episode. On the South Park site, Episode 201 is not available for streaming. Instead of video, a box contains the message:

"After we delivered the show, and prior to broadcast, Comedy Central placed numerous additional audio bleeps throughout the episode. We do not have network approval to stream our original version of the show."

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Muhammad published in a Danish newspaper


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