Big-Will wrote:I'm sure they made a version of Muhammad that fit in with the Family Guy parody, and that was the version that was cut.
come on... are u serious? it was a nice joke on Comedy Central, probably the most important one in whole episode (both parts).. i am sure they didn't cut out anything. think about it: the audience is kept curious about the FG episode being censored or not, and when finally the episode is aired.. bam !!
These two don't exist anymore...
April 13, 2006
Stephen Spruiell Reporting
Comedy Central Censored Mohammed
I'm not sure if it's been reported yet, but for what it's worth, I just got off the phone with a Comedy Central spokesman. I asked him about last night's episode of South Park in which, at a moment right before the prophet Mohammed was supposed to make a cameo, the words, "Comedy Central has refused to broadcast an image of Mohammed on their network" appeared on the screen.
I asked him whether this truly was Comedy Central's decision or whether this was just another gag (with South Park, you never know). He said:
They reflected it accurately. That was a Comedy Central decision.
'South Park' Creators Skewer Own Network
By DAVID BAUDER
The Associated Press
Thursday, April 13, 2006; 4:20 PM
NEW YORK -- Banned by Comedy Central from showing an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, the creators of "South Park" skewered their own network for hypocrisy in the cartoon's most recent episode.
The comedy - in an episode aired during Holy Week for Christians - instead featured an image of Jesus Christ defecating on President Bush and the American flag.
In an elaborately constructed two-part episode of their Peabody Award-winning cartoon, "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker intended to comment on the controversy created by a Danish newspaper's publishing of caricatures of Muhammad. Muslims consider any physical representation of their prophet to be blasphemous.
When the cartoons were reprinted in newspapers worldwide in January and February, it sparked a wave of protests primarily in Islamic countries.
Parker and Stone were angered when told by Comedy Central several weeks ago that they could not run an image of Muhammad, according to a person close to the show who didn't want to be identified because of the issue's sensitivity.
The network's decision was made over concerns for public safety, the person said.
Comedy Central said in a statement issued Thursday: "In light of recent world events, we feel we made the right decision." Its executives would not comment further.
...but this one still does.
In an interview Thursday evening, South Park Executive Producer Anne Garefino revealed to me that the show was faced with two options: deliver the episode as written and animated with Mohammed shown and then allow Comedy Central to censor it, or edit out the disputed scene and write their own language explaining why Mohammed was not being shown and whose decision it was. “We wanted everyone to understand how strongly we felt about this,” said Garefino. Although the decision to omit Mohammed was not theirs, they wanted the language of the censorship disclosure to be their own.
Garefino also confirmed that a short video circulating on the internet, which purports to be the excised South Park scene with Mohammed, is a forgery, though she revealed that a scene with Mohammed was animated and does exist. Garefino reported that she still hopes that the original, uncensored episode of South Park will be shown in the near future.
however, this still makes me think that the script was not changed, but made like this from the good start to fit and reflect CC's requests, at it came out very well. i don't see how the message of episode could have been achieved better with an actual appearence of Muhammed, especially since it would have not been the first one in the series...
..so what about the "Super Best Friends" episode, was it never reaired either since?
Quintuplets_Father wrote:what about the "Super Best Friends" episode, was it never reaired either since?
Comedy Central still airs it, as far as I know.
In seriousness though, I think we should blame Comedy Central. They allowed worse than a simple picture to air. Like they allowed Bloody Mary to show and it caused a bunch of controversy, or Scientology and that caused way more controversy seeing that Issac Haynes left the show due to Matt and Trey joking about religion, they could have prevented the "Jared Has Aides" episode from airing too because it made fun of a sponsor. And not only that, but they still show "Super Best Friends" which has Muhammad in the show.
As for "Super Best Friends", I dunno. They made that episode before the whole Danish cartoon debacle took place and they knew better. Just hope no wacko Islamist catches onto it and decides to take out anybody in the SP or CC crew for it.
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