I didn’t want to say anything until it was clear that this wasn’t one of the self-referential jokes South Park likes to make. But it is true, Comedy Central decided to take the coward’s way out and removed the image of Mohammed from last night’s South Park episode. Michelle Malkin’s post is the best roudup I’ve seen.
These two episodes have had some of the most outspoken and articulate (I know, but it’s true) pleas for defending free speech seen on TV this year, and Comedy Central’s executives read the script and buried their heads in the sand. They didn’t mind showing Jesus and George Bush pooping on people, though. Probably because Christians and Republicans don’t make a habit of rioting and murdering innocents like deranged children when they get offended, and Islamofascists do.
But that’s just not a good enough excuse. As Kyle said in the episode: "You can’t do what he wants just because he’s the one threatening you with violence! …Yes, people can get hurt. That’s how terrorism works. But if you give in to that, Doug, you’re allowing terrorism to work."
So great job on that, guys. Next time you make a fuss about how brave you are for running those edgy comedy specials we’ll know exactly how you really feel.
Also note that the depections of Mohammed are actually pretty common in the Muslim world. This isn’t a real religious taboo, it’s just an excuse.