Last night, South Park paid off on both of last weekâs cliffhangers - the true identity of Cartmanâs father, and a power-struggle over the Muslim prophet Muhammad, who will hereafter be referred to in the manner he was throughout last nightâs episode: as a BLEEP sound when the name was spoken, and as a blocked-out image labeled CENSORED.
This was a satire of a satire: The episode implicitly addressed the controversy that arose from last weekâs plot about a group of powerful celebrities demanding to see CENSORED. After it aired, creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were âwarnedâ by a New York-based Muslim website about the potential danger of what could be perceived as their ridicule of a worshiped figure. Of course, this also paralleled the showâs Tom Cruise parody, in which the actor and a slew of celebrities sought to drain CENSORED of his âpower not to be ridiculed.â
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