Trey Stone and Matt Parker Respond to South Park Censorship: It Wasn't "Some Meta-Joke"


If you're wondering if the creators of South Park added a series of bleeps to their latest episode as a joke, they say no.


"In the 14 years we've been doing South Park we 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," they said in a statement on SouthParkStudios.com. "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."


Wednesday's episode of South Park aired with several long bleeps and a black "Censored" box over the depiction of Muhammad, whose physical representation is considered sacrilegious by Muslims.


Comedy Central altered the episode after Revolution Muslim, a New York-based radical Islamic group, posted a message on its website to Stone and Parker about the depiction of Muhammad as a man wearing a bear suit in the two-part episode.


"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, written by Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, said. "This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them."


Van Gogh was a Dutch filmmaker who was shot and stabbed to death in 2004 over his documentary about Muslim women.


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