In the episode, all the celebrities (all the people really) that South Park has everÂ made fun ofÂ attempted to take revenge on the Colorado cartoon town for their “slander”. The only way the boys (and the town) could stop them was to turn over the Muslim Prophet Mohammed to Tom Cruise and Rob Reiner so they could suck all the “You can’t make fun of me” goo out of Mohammed, thereby protecting all the people South Park has ripped on from ever being made fun of again.
As you may know, a few seasons ago, South Park aired an episode in which the image of Mohammed was shown without being censored, along with other religious figures, as part a super hero team. After a Danish cartoonist and others were threatened for showing Mohammed’s image in cartoons, South Park aired another episode featuring an image of the prophet, but Comedy Central refused to allow the image to air. Hence Mohammed’s “You can’t make fun of me” goo.
Comedy Central censored about 35 seconds worth of dialog at the end ofÂ last night’sÂ episode, and many are speculating that Parker and Stone, notorious for turning in episodes at the last minute, had included jabs at groups of extremists that might threaten them.
What do you think? Is Comedy Central spineless? Are they just protecting valuable resources? Are Parker and Stone drawing attention to free speech issues in the right way? Or are they endangering themselves and others needlessly?
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