South Park’s Matt & Trey: ‘Comedy Central Added the Bleeps’ Not Us
April 23, 2010
(ChattahBox)—–South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are definitely not happy campers, after having their show censored once again. Fans of the provocative Comedy Central’s animated TV series viewed a series of bleeps, and the word “censored” plastered over the screen, during the latest episode dealing with the volatile issue of Muhammad, after the network and Trey and Matt received death threats from an Islamic website. The posting on the jihadist website, declared that South Park “outright insulted” Muhammad by depicting him in a giant bear suit. The outraged South Park creators issued a press release advising their viewers that the series of bleeps was not their doing. The censorship was not due to a “meta-joke,” but was inserted by Comedy Central, wrote the creators.
The Hollywood Reporter has Matt & Trey’s statement:
“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. It wasn’t some meta-joke on our part. 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.”
As noted by the Huffington Post, this is not the first time Matt and Trey produced a show depicting Muhammad. And a clip of the older program showing an image of Muhammad runs in South Park’s opening segment around the world, but it has never caused any controversy.