I wrote about death threats against the producers of the TV cartoon series “South Park” and discussed it on my radio show.
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Well, it looks like at least ONE cartoon series, “The Simpsons”, has the brass to stand up and tell it like it is. Apparently the powers that be over at Simpsons-Ville value the truth over political correctness…they see the right to freedom of speech as granted by the US Constitution as more than empty, meaningless words…and they have the courage of their convictions to come out openly and say it…more than a bit rare in these days of “fear of Islamic reprisal”…
Check out this week’s episode of the show, where the opening credits have Bart writing on the blackboard, “South Park – We’d Stand Beside You If We Weren’t So Scared.”
But even more powerful was the 10-minute bit by comedian Jon Stewart where he trashed the Muslim organization involved, “Revolution Muslim”, ending with him telling the group making the threats to “Go f*** yourselves.”
Amen, Jon…Couldn’t have said it better myself…
Bart Simpson stands up for freedom of speech
Reprinted from JPost.com E.B. SOLOMONT
The writers of The Simpsons have come to the defense of two South Park writers who received a threat from a Muslim group over their recent depiction of the prophet Muhammad.
The Simpsons’ opening credits this week showed Bart copying a phrase on a chalkboard: “South Park – We’d Stand Beside You If We Weren’t So Scared.”
Last week, comedian Jon Stewart also rallied behind South Park with a 10-minute sketch that ended with him telling the group making the threats to “Go f*** yourselves.”
Stewart linked the Muslim group, Revolution Muslim, to Osama bin Laden and 9/11. And he noted that the New York-based radical group enjoyed the parks, entertainment and Jewish delis for which New York City is known.
“These numbnuts get to enjoy it,” he said. “All because of how we, in this country, value and protect even their freedom of expression.”
The South Park episode in question, the show’s 200th, broadcast earlier this month, takes on the Islamic prohibition of depicting the prophet Muhammad, and introduced the prophet dressed in a bear suit. It also lampooned Buddhism and Jesus.
Following the episode’s broadcast, Revolution Muslim posted an Internet “warning” to the show’s writers, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, predicting that they could find themselves in the same position as a slain Dutch documentary filmmaker, Theo Van Gogh, whose film accused Islam of condoning violence against women.
The article’s author, Abu Talhah al-Amrikee, said the writers had “outright insulted” Muhammad, in a post first reported by CNN. Amrikee told The Associated Press that his posting was meant to raise awareness and prevent it from happening again.
“They should feel threatened by what they did,” he said.
Though he said that “I could shoulder some blame” for any danger to the writers, Amrikee praised bin Laden.
“We look up to him and admire him for the sacrifices he has given for the religion,” he said.
Comedy Central, which airs South Park in the US, censored episodes that followed the controversial 200th show. The storyline for episode 201 includes Muhammad, but censors his name.
Parker and Stone, in a statement, said the decision was the network’s, not theirs.
“In the 14 years we’ve been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind,” they said. “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.”
They promised to be back next week with a whole new show on a different topic.
“We’ll see what happens to it,” they said.
The “warning” posted at RevolutionMuslim.com read, “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 site included a link with details about a Colorado home that Parker and Stone own.
Dutch film director, film producer, columnist, author and actor Van Gogh was murdered in Amsterdam by Muhammad Bouyeri, a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim, in 2004 after producing Submission, a movie accusing Islam of condoning violence against women.
Revolution Muslim head Younus Abdullah Muhammad, 30, defended the posting in an interview with Reuters.
“How is that a threat?” he asked. “Showing a case study right there of what happened to another individual who conducted himself in a very similar manner? It’s just evidence.”
He said his group “didn’t tell anyone to go to their houses and conduct violence.”
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