There are many things in the world worth fighting for – some even worth dying for – but a cartoon featuring a talking turd isn’t one of them. This may come as a great shock to some, but the cartoon South Park quite often traffics in low-brow humor that aims to be offensive. Apparently, New York-based Revolution Muslim group thinks this is a capital offense.
The show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, tweaked the Revolting Muslims by depicting the prophet Muhammad as a bear. I’m sure only because the idea of depicting Mr. Hanky wearing a turban didn’t occur to them first.
After Muslim extremists killed Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh in 2004, it became apparent that Islam doesn’t suffer cartoons slights lightly. Just ask author Salman Rushdie who lived in hiding for years after being slapped with a fatwa after “insulting” Big Mo.
But the Revoluters are a kinder, gentler breed of religious nutbag. They went to great pains to tell Cartman and Co. they weren’t REALLY going all jihad on their cartoon asses.
“This is not a threat, but a warning,” a group spokeszealot said. “Revolution Muslim only wants those offended to be able to voice their opposition by letters to the show’s creators.” Word to Mr. Zealot: This is hardly an effective method since ParkSto probably already get as many irate letters each week as there are grains of sand in a Saudi Prince’s compound.
I’m a bit leery of the “warning” too. It was posted next to a picture of the martyred-for-his-art Van Gogh. But maybe that’s just a cultural misunderstanding between a society that’s sane enough not to put out hits on cartoonists and a society with an itchy fatwa finiger.
Here’s the thing, worshipers of Big Mo. There’s a switch on your television that says OFF. I often invite my over-active Christian friends to use it when their bluster gets the better of them. Flip the switch, and through the wonders of modern technology the offending cartoon bear will disappear (Poof, like a Genie in a lamp!) and none of us will be the wiser – except perhaps Mohammad – and we’ll take that up with him personally if it turns out he has no appreciation for cursing and cheap sight gags.
Or you could just go full-on Taliban and toss the TV altogether. It’s rumored that it causes women to dress provocatively and we all know what that means. Boobquakes!
Yes, I can see where insulting your prophet is a bad thing. I can see where insulting Jesus is bad too. But so is insulting atheists, Wiccans, and whatever other religious sub-groups you can potentially offend. Insults are the way of the world. They’re what makes the world go ’round. They’re what gives the world religious crusades and poorly written books about DaVinci and some lame “code” he was always going on about.
Many say Islam is a religion of peace, if by peace we mean not going around threatening to kill over cartoon prophets in bears’ clothing. Have some willpower andself-reststaint. Staying cool in the face of the insult is a winner, not a loser.
If you want to complain, be my guest, I’ll even help you draft a petition if that’ll help. After all, you already scared Comedy Central into censoring the episode – which is sound thinking if they want to be around to watch endless reruns of Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire.
I have to believe that prophets aren’t so weak they require the help of asscakes who want to kill at the drop of an artist’s pen. I’m an atheist and even I can see that.
- Comedy Central Backs Down After Islamic Group’s Threats Over ‘South Park’ (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- ‘South Park’ episode airs despite threat (msnbc.msn.com)
- Death-Threatening Islamic Group Scores Censorship Win Over South Park (nymag.com)
- ‘South Park’ producers say network cut speech (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- ‘South Park’ Muhammad episode airs despite uproar (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- South Park’s Matt & Trey receive death threats, RevolutionMuslim quotes Boing Boing (boingboing.net)