Last night, Jon Stewart used The Daily Show to come to the defense of our good friends and colleagues Matt and Trey' and the 'veiled death threats' that Matt Stone and Trey Parker received in the wake of the past two weeks' episodes about, in part, the prophet Muhammad. Stewart bowed a bit to his employers, Comedy Central, for censoring the episode - 'It's their right, we all serve at their pleasure' - but deplored what has befallen 'our great and hilarious and intelligent and sweet comedy brethren Matt and Trey.' To Read More Click Here .
In its 200 shows, the irreverent animated program "South Park" has mercilessly satirized Christianity, Buddhism, Scientology, the blind and disabled, gay people, Hollywood celebrities and politicians of all persuasions, weathering the resulting protests and threats of boycotts. But this week, after an ominous threat from a radical Muslim website, the network that airs the program bleeped out all references to the prophet Muhammad in the second of two episodes set to feature the holy figure dressed in a bear costume. The incident provides the latest example that media conglomerates are still struggling to balance free speech with safety concerns and religious sensitivities, six years after Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was slain for making a film critical of Islamic society. Comedy Central declined to comment on the latest incident. But "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone clearly disagreed with their bosses' handling of the situation. A statement posted on their website said that executives "made a determination to alter the episode" without their approval and that the usual wrap-up speech from one character didn't mention Muhammad "but it got bleeped too." The network may have thought it had no choice after revolutionmuslim.com, the website of a fringe group, delivered a grim warning about last week's episode, which depicted Muhammad dressed as a bear. "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 posting said. A photo of Van Gogh's body lying in the street was included with the original posting, which has been unavailable to some Web users since news of the item broke earlier this week. "This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them." Experts say that in trying to forestall such threats, media companies may be setting dangerous precedents Ã¢â¬â a possibility underscored by the fact that "South Park" has strirred up a free-speech issue that, while dormant for years, has now exploded anew.
Comedy Central censored South Park's parody of the Prophet Muhammad following a warning from a radical Muslim group. Wednesday's episode - the conclusion of a two-parter - aired with numerous bleeps and a "Censored" bar over the depiction of Muhammad, whose physical representation is considered sacrilegious by Muslims. "After we delivered the show, and prior to broadcast, Comedy Central placed numerous additional audio bleeps throughout the episode," read a statement on SouthParkStudios.com, creators Trey Stone and Matt Parker's website. "We do not have network approval to stream our original version of the show. We will bring you a version of [episode] 201 as soon as we can." To Read More Click Here .
"South Park" is in danger from angry celebrities, violent Ginger kids and Mecha Streisand in an all-new episode titled "201," premiering on Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00 p.m. on Comedy Central. It's a tense situation in South Park as Muhammad has become the pawn in the game to save the town. The Ginger kids are threatening to destroy the city if Stan and Kyle don't hand over the Prophet and the celebrities have met violence with violence by unleashing Mecha Streisand. In the midst of all of this, all anyone really wants to know is, who is Eric Cartman's father? To Read More Click Here .
When South Park's big 200th episode aired last week, it was suggested that Eric Cartman's true parentage would be revealed this week. With pissed-off Hollywood celebs and Mecha-Streisand ready to destroy the little town of South Park, the identity of Cartman's father comes to the forefront of the show and looks to alter history as we know it. Is Liane Cartman still a hermaphrodite? Tune in to Comedy Central when South Park airs on Wednesday, April 21st at 10:00pm ET. "Who is Eric Cartman's Father?" will re-air multiple times throughout the week; you can catch it at 12:00am and 10:30pm on Thursday, 11:00pm on Sunday, and 2:00am on Monday. Source & Preview
Comedy Central's South Park celebrates its 200th episode Wednesday night. The plot: Every celeb the show has ever dissed bans together to file a class action lawsuit against the Colorado town. Watch a clip after the jump and tell us which celeb you're most excited to see return: I was surprised that I got a little teary-eyed over Mecha-Streisand. To Read More Click Here .
While last night's South Park couldn't top last week's episode (and let's be honest-not much can), they still got in some good commentary on the addicting power of Facebook. In the episode, Stan is forced into using Facebook because everyone else using it. These are the best kind of Stan episodes: where he's the only sane voice and everyone else is acting like a dumbass (my favorite instance of this is the episode, 'The Biggest Douche in the Universe'). To Read More Click Here .
Inspired by the news of an abandoned KFC turned medical marijuana dispensiary in the Palms community in Los Angeles, Matt and Trey have decided to bring the same concept to South Park, Colorado. When Cartman and the gang head to their local KFC for some fried chicken, everyone is shocked by what they see. Their beloved restaurant has been replaced and Cartman vows to get his restaurant back. Randy, on the other hand, is very curious about the new product. His attempts to acquire said product are foiled due to the fact that Randy needs a doctor's recommendation and the doctor can't find anything wrong with him. Tune in to Comedy Central when South Park airs on Wednesday, March 31st at 10:00pm ET. "Medicinal Fried Chicken" will re-air multiple times throughout the week; you can catch it at 12:00am and 10:30pm on Thursday, 11:00pm on Sunday, and 2:00am on Monday. Source & Preview
When the South Park school system changes what books the kids get to read, Mr. Garrison takes it upon himself to introduce a previously-banned book to his class. The book excites and inspires the kids, so much so that they decide to write their own book. The book they come up could get them in trouble if Stan's mother finds it, however. Tune in to Comedy Central when South Park airs on Wednesday, March 24th at 10:00pm ET. "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" will re-air multiple times throughout the week; you can catch it at 12:00am and 10:30pm on Thursday, 11:00pm on Sunday, and 2:30am and 10:30pm on Monday. Source Here .
From THR: The 14th season premiere of Comedy Central's South Park was the most watched debut for the show since 1999. The episode, which mocked celebrity sex addiction, was seen by 3.7 million viewers. The series launch of new show Ugly Americans drew a solid 2.1 million viewers and ranked as the network's most watched premiere among its key young male demographic since "Important Things with Demetri Martin." Overall, Wednesday was the most-watched night of the year for Comedy Central. Source