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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 04/20/2010

'SOUTH PARK': Is pro-jihad website threatening cartoonists over Muhammad satire?

By Michael Cavna

southpark.jpg "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. (Comedy Central)

"South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker know the power of a satiric image. The producers of the website, in turn, are trying to rely on the impact of a violent one.

And it's not so difficult to interpret the image -- and its caption -- as a provocative threat.

There is a fatally stabbed Theo Van Gogh, the Dutch film director (and great-grandson of Vincent Van Gogh's brother) who was assassinated in 2004 after he produced a film critical of violence against Islamic women. The caption reads: "Have Matt Stone And Trey Parker Forgotten This?"

The image was posted last Thursday -- as Comedy Central's "South Park" aired its 200th episode, which depicted the prophet Muhammad. The post -- titled "South Park Aired Episode Insulting the Prophet (Salaa Allahu 'Alayhi Wa Salam)" -- goes on to link to a 2009 Huffington Post story about where the animators live in Colorado. The item says it was written by Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee.

The same writer followed with a post Sunday titled: "The Defense Of The Prophet (salaa Allahu 'alayhi wa salam) Campaign." The post includes a nearly six-minute Boing Boing clip in which the creators discuss "South Park's" 200th episode and the show's depiction of Muhammad (including the earlier "Super Best Friends" episode), as well as the Danish cartoon controversy. In choosing to satirize Muhammad again, the creators say: "We aren't punking." precedes the embedded clip with these words: "Here are the authors boasting of their insults and celebrating their complete disregard for what anyone considers sacred: Are you afraid that you would be bombed, she [the interviewer] asks? Perhaps they are not, perhaps they should be, only time will tell.

The post also embeds a YouTube clip in response to "South Park" titled "The Defense Of The Prophet SWS Campaign." The clip says: "Help us remove this filth," shows still pictures of Matt Stone, Trey Parker and Theo Van Gogh and includes audio describing the punishment for the blasphemy of depicting the prophet Muhammad.

According to an Associated Content story, is a "radical" site based in New York that "is actively making threats against Americans. It is also actively encouraging anti-American jihad."

Parker and Stone's musical comedy "The Book of Mormon" is scheduled to open on Broadway next March.

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By Michael Cavna  | April 20, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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Honestly, these people need to grow up. Sure they feel disrespected. But to have to kill? Oh brilliant. They killed Theo, and 2 more took his place. Mightn't the same thing happen again? 4 more people "making fun"? Then what? More deaths? So 8 people, then 16, then 32 people can take their place.

Not to mention, they're no show policy just hurts Muhammad. People like him have always been ripe for the jokes. And most just take it on the chin. They show they have a sense of humor. All this does is make Muhammad look like he can't take a joke. Everybody else can, but not him. They're just making him look bad. Why do that to a dude they so "respect"? I sit better if nobody even bothered with him? Isn't that like saying he's less than others? Not worth the time? Nobody would even know who he was? That's the insult.

South Park didn't show Muhammad. They made general references to. Muhammad was dissed? What about Tom Cruise? Jennifer Lopez? All the other celebrities? They were truly dissed. Gingers, too. Or do people think they're terrorists?

Try banning something useful. Like naming your kid Muhammad. It's no longer the sign of respect it once was. Sure when 2 or 3 people do it, it's cool. By the 2700th, not so much. Then, nobody even cares. "You named your kid after me? Yeah great. Nobody's ever done that before. How original."

These people need to stop shooting themselves in the foot. Trey & Matt make fun of everybody. It's far from personal, so quit making it personal. Muhammad wasn't even portrayed negatively. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have more to complain about. Far better to be in a giant bear suit than making a popular iconic character like Indiana Jones your love slave.

At the end of the day, I doubt Muhammad would be all that mad. Why should anyone else? Complain if you must, but leave the killing off the table. I don't think Muhammad, or Allah, or whoever else is going to be thinking highly of you for that. No extra special hugs for self rightous murderers.

Just say you feel hurt, a bite attacked, then laugh it off and move on. Almost everybody else does. It's the ones who don't that become the next laughing stock.

Posted by: atherworld | April 20, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I think you're a bit off the mark. Saying these extremists need to "grow up" is like saying John Hinckley needed to "grow up": the issue is sanity, not maturity.

And saying the "no show policy" should be abandoned because it's bad PR doesn't address the essential issue. The principle is based in theology, not marketing. If you want to debate the merits of that particular belief, the argument needs to based in readings of the Qur'an.

Re: South Park. Parker and Stone said they used Family Guy in the Muhammad episode so if screen shots of the episode started to circulate among radicals, it would look like Family Guy made they joke and not South Park. (Of course, who knows how serious they were about that.) Whatever the case, it's pretty brave/idiotic of them to use the topic again.

Posted by: ishkabibbleA | April 20, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Bak-bakala! Dirka-dirka, muhammed jihad!!!. Haka sherpa-sherpa. Baka-la, muhammed jihad!!!!!!!

Posted by: achmed_aziz | April 20, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

If all the media had the courage of South Park, these radical Muslims wouldn't have time to kill everyone. There is safety in numbers.

As a Christian, I have of course been offended in the past by some of South Park's programming. But you know what? I just turn it off.

Screw the radical Muslims - c'mon Washington Post, show some courage - print the Danish Cartoons.

Posted by: AlvinYork | April 20, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I fear if more people did these things, there'd be massive bombings going on. But insanity? For all of them? No. Just taking things way too seriously. besides, it's South Park. They offend. Sure I've been offended. Who hasn't? But it's what they do. Don't watch it if you don't like it. Threatening/planning to kill them over it is just ridiculous. You come off the loon. That encourages others to offend you just to spite you (when RIAA began suing people for illegal downloading, many people began downloading just to spite them.)

Far better to explain why you are bothered by it, and hope at best for an apology. All this kill, kill, kill is just making them come off as psychotic monsters that nobody has any sympathy for. So, who are they truly hurting? Start killing, and then every Muslim is a monster. Why create bad press for your people over a stupid joke?

Posted by: atherworld | April 21, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of these people threatening violence for criticism. They clearly are cut from the same cloth as the Zionists in the Middle East. Both sides su*k. Anybody who threatens to kill somebody over a cartoon needs to be in prison.

Posted by: barnabytwist | April 23, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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