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South Park takes on the Mohammed cartoons

April 10th, 2006 . by Matt

head in the sand
A professor from the university tells the citizens of South Park of a detailed plan to bury their heads in the sand to avoid offending muslims

South Park is proving again that it is willing to attack superstitious taboos when the American mass media is either unwilling, or too cowardly, to do it. This time South Park has taken on the issue of self censorship over the Mohammed cartoons. The name of the latest episode of South Park is ‘Cartoon Wars’, and it is the first part of a two episode story.

In the story, the people of South Park go hysterical with fear as muslim terrorists threaten death and destruction if the muslim Prophet Mohammed is depicted on an episode of The Family Guy (they are using The Family Guy to represent South Park, actually). The people of South Park go as far as to bury their heads in holes filled with sand to prove to muslims that they are not involved in the portrayal of Mohammed, and thus spare themselves from violent death.

In a town meeting Butters’ father makes a South Park style speech in which people normally repent their mistakes and see the light.

Freedom of speech is at stake here, don’t you all see? If anything, we should all make cartoons of Mohammed and show the terrorists and the extremists that we are all united in the belief that every person has a right to say what they want. Look people, it’s been really easy for us to stand up for free speech lately. For the past few decades, we haven’t had to risk anything to defend it. One of those times is right now. And if we aren’t willing to risk what we have now, then we just believe in free speech, but won’t defend it“.

But the people of South Park decide that burying their heads in the sand is a better idea.

Fortunately for the fearful citizens of South Park, the episode of family guy that the Prophet Mohammed was supposed to appear in was censored by the network so that Mohammed could not be seen. However, it is announced that Mohammed would be seen in the following episode. Cartman then convinces Kyle that the next episode of The Family Guy has to be pulled off the air because it is offensive to muslims (that is as far as I will go to avoid spoilers).

This episode is almost certainly related to the South Park episode about Scientology that was pulled off the air by Comedy Central, under pressure from Scientologists (view it here). Indeed, although Scientology is not mentioned in the episode, it is hinted at when Cartman says “Dont you see? If they censor a show about islam, then next time the show has something about catholics, then the catholics will want the show pulled. And then the Jews. Eventually Family Guy will get pulled off the air completely“. At the end of the Cartoon Wars episode, the voice over issues a challenge to Comedy Central to pull the following episode that will depict Mohammed, saying “Will the people of America be safe? Will Fox let the Family Guy air? Will they show Mohammed Uncensored? Find out next week to see if Comedy Central pusses out“.

The Political Pittbull has put up a taster of the show featuring the town meeting in which the citizens of South Park decide to bury their head in the sand. I have the entire episode but obviously I cannot post it as it is the property of the creators, and they deserve the income they are making from their show.

South Park is making an important statement about the media in America, as none of the major media organs would show the Mohammed cartoons, even when they were reporting about the violence and riots that were the muslim response to it. Will Comedy Central chicken out, proving that special interests, pressure groups, and threats of violence can effectively put an end to free speech in the land of the free? Lets see what happens next week.

2 Responses to “South Park takes on the Mohammed cartoons”

  1. comment number 1 by: BananaBoi

    Finally someone with enough balls to express our basic rights of living in a western civilisation. I hope South Park is just a flagship, with many more similar send-ups to come.

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