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South Park Parodies Angry Muslims, Making Muslims Angrier

Posted April 21st, 2010 in Islam and tagged , , , , , , , , by Adrian MacNair

The above clip is from South Park’s 200th episode, which has reprised the role of the Prophet Muhammad, in a political parody of the fact that every religion can be made fun of without riots breaking out except for Islam.

In the episode, the children meet Tom Cruise at a chocolate factory where he is packing bundles of fudge into boxes. They ask him why he’s “packing fudge”, which angers Cruise and leads him to bring a lawsuit against South Park. The only way that Cruise will drop the suit is if the town brings the Prophet Muhammad to South Park.

The whole point of the show is to lampoon the double standards applied to Islam and other religions in the media. There is a scene involving the “Super Best Friends”, that features every religious figure acting as super heroes, including Buddha, who does lines of cocaine on a table as Jesus is speaking. For the scenes of Muhammad, the image is blacked out by a large “censored” graphic.

Eventually, Muhammad agrees to appear in South Park in a bear mascot costume so as not to offend Muslims. But this, apparently, still managed to upset Muslims. Despite the point of the cartoon being a farcical exaggeration of Islamic intolerance, reality managed to disprove that it was an exaggeration at all.

An Islamic group posted a video on YouTube today condemning the South Park episode, and calling for attacks on the creators. They posted images of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, followed with images of others who have dared to insult Islam, including a picture of the murdered Theo Van Gogh with a knife sticking out of his chest. In the video the speaker said that whosoever insults Islam shall be met with the sword, and that once the followers of Islam have taken up the sword against someone, there shall be no negotiation that causes them to change their mind.

This could properly be termed an official “fatwa” against the creators of South Park.

“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 group said on its website. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality that will likely happen to them.”

South Park has managed to illustrate that not only does Islam not have a funny bone, but that it is a dangerously violent and extremist faith that is so intolerant that it actually manages to chill something as unserious as a cartoon notorious for portraying Satan as being in a homosexual relationship with Saddam Hussein.

CNN asks rhetorically whether South Park has gone “too far” this time. But, of course, it hasn’t gone far enough. The fact remains that we allow our fear of radical Islam to keep us from publishing portrayals of the prophet in the media, lest we inflame the delicate sensibilities of people for whom the concept of humour seems to have been surgically removed at birth.

No one has questioned the freedom of Muslims to believe that the Prophet Muhammad cannot be depicted, but to impose that view on the rest of the world isn’t an opinion any longer. It’s tyranny. South Park cleverly illustrates just how far that tyranny has spread, when a cartoon about a bear representing the prophet can compel Muslims to threaten murder.

22 Responses so far.

  1. DwayneNo Gravatar says:

    Most of the religious leaders of Islam seem to be stuck in the 7th century (or somewhere there abouts). Makes me wonder how anyone can defend such a mentality.

    Would be nice if they could progress to the 19th century, at a minimum… they could call it an Islamic enlightenment, you know, stop thinking that Harry Potter is a documentary of life in England, all that stuff.

  2. Dave MannNo Gravatar says:

    At this time the Muslim’s seem more violent than Christians but there have been more than a few centuries when Muslims were the civilized people and Christians were the genocidal psychopaths. Buddhist are no exception. Once you deny reason anything becomes possible.

  3. IssacharNo Gravatar says:

    Humans can be genocidal without denying reason. There’s nothing in reason that stops you from slaughtering people.

  4. IssacharNo Gravatar says:

    Hilarious clip.

  5. John KumarNo Gravatar says:

    And where does reason and intelligence come from my friend?

  6. John KumarNo Gravatar says:

    I should also add, where does human rights come from? There is certainly no Darwinian justification for saying that genocide or mass murder is wrong. Unless there is some objective moral reason of course.

  7. Dave,

    I agree that every religion has had its dark moments. Hell, the Tamil Hindus haven’t exactly been the most peaceful lot lately either.

  8. John,

    I’m not quite sure what you’re asking here. Can you clarify for me?

  9. OMMAGNo Gravatar says:

    And the writers of South Park would be the voice of reason?

    Purile antogonistic humor… of course it offends.

    As for the religion of perpetual offense… someone here tried to say that at some point in time this was the pinnacle of civilization?

    Baloney …. those were simply the years where they had successfully conquered the civilized peoples and happened to be reaping the benefits.

  10. Jim PookNo Gravatar says:

    Funny Sh!t – Now we’re all going to die…

  11. Yeah, it is puerile and antagonistic, but only Muslims seem to have so far issued death threats for it.

    someone here tried to say that at some point in time this was the pinnacle of civilization?

    There’s strong evidence it was the pinnacle of civilization some time in between the 8th and 13th century, back when Europe was engaged in fratricidal warfare and pretty much burning books and calling scientists witches.

    Once Christianity accepted science and technology harmoniously, our civilization left Islam in the dust. Where it remains today, it would seem.

  12. Jim PookNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, why is the clip backwards? Or is that just another shot at the “Religion of Peace” (TM) ?

  13. Wondered the same thing. I noticed only because I saw the show last night the proper way.

  14. IssacharNo Gravatar says:

    My guess is that it’s an attempt to evade YouTube’s copyright filters.

    This is of course a rather obvious copyright violation and not covered by fair use I suspect.

    But here’s some information on how YouTube’s copyright system is messed up.
    http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/04/everyone-who-s-made-hitler-parody-leave-room

    You should definitely click on the link to Brad Templeton’s homepage and watch his parody video.

  15. donNo Gravatar says:

    Islam = nonsense

    Why don’t westerners REALLY start complaining about what we see in their culture? How often do they rail against Christians Jews and Hindus in their media and from their pulpits? How can our leaders wake up to the REALITY of this?

  16. Fred from BCNo Gravatar says:

    Dave Mann says:

    At this time the Muslim’s seem more violent than Christians but there have been more than a few centuries when Muslims were the civilized people and Christians were the genocidal psychopaths.

    Which centuries were those, exactly? I am unaware of any period in which the Muslims weren’t actively trying to conquer the entire world.

  17. Rural and RightNo Gravatar says:

    Buddha! Don’t do coke in front of kids!

  18. dmorrisNo Gravatar says:

    Now the clip doesn’t work, so I can’t comment,which is maybe a good thing, as I don’t see eye-to-eye with people who think they can threaten the rest of the world into subservience.

  19. Yeah that was inevitable I suppose. You can still watch it at xepisodes.com

    http://www.xepisodes.com/southpark/episodes/1405/200.html

  20. Jim PookNo Gravatar says:

    If you have a BitTorrent application, then try here:

    http://eztv.it/shows/257/south-park/

    You can download this season’s episodes in full DVD quality.

  21. jeffnovakNo Gravatar says:

    The website Revolution Muslims is a fraud, intended to create hate in America. Those that support this hate should be ashamed of themselves. Let’s take a look at the founders of the website “Revolution Muslims”, shall we?

    co-founder Yousef al-Khattab aka Joseph Leonard Cohen Jewish American who used to live in Israel. Abruptly converts to Islam. Quotes: “I love Osama bin Laden… I can’t see hes don’t anything wrong from the Shariah” “I would like to see Israel wiped off the map. I would like to see a mushroom cloud over it.” “control the animal population, reopen Auschwitz. Sanitize the Zionist; get the ovens burning.”

    co-founder Younes Abdullah Mohammed Wait for it… ALSO a Jewish American who converted to Islam. Quotes: “We’re commanded to terrorize the disbelievers” “Americans will always be a target — and a legitimate target — until America changes its nature in the international arena,” Mohammed said in an interview to air on tonight’s “AC 360.” “The Qur’an commands you to disavow, and commit hatred and emnity towards democracy, nationalism and secularism and see Obama for the enemy he really… see the enemy that the United States really is”

    ORIGINAL BLOGGER Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee aka Zachary Chesser What the heck, he’s also an American Jew! quotes “Theo Van Gogh – Have Matt Stone And Trey Parker Forgotten This?” The failure to investigate these facts indicates the quality of journalism today.

  22. IssacharNo Gravatar says:

    What’s your point? That Jews can’t convert to Islam? Of course they can. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, (aka the “President” of Iran), is the child of converted Jews.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/6256173/Mahmoud-Ahmadinejad-revealed-to-have-Jewish-past.html

    .
    There’s nothing like the zeal of the newly converted.