The controversy surrounding not only the death threats to South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker but also Comedy Central’s decision to censor a large portion of their show this past Wednesday continues to develop. For those who haven’t been following you can read my two posts about it here and here.
On Thursday afternoon South Park creators released a statement:
“In the 14 years we’ve been doing South Park have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind. 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.”
It is good to see Parker and Stone standing against the scare tactics directed at them. We can only hope in the future that Comedy Central gets the backbone they used to have. Last night’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart took on the Revolution Muslim crowd but did not mention the network’s censorship decision. See Ryan Mauro’s NRB post about it here.