Episode 200 of South Park (viewable here) has provoked the wrath of a radical Muslim group which took offence at the depiction of the prophet Mohammed (the inventor of Islam (a middle-eastern theistic belief system)).
Too much to bear: A cartoon of the Muslim prophet Mohammed dressed in a bear suit in South Park
Entitled “200″, the episode revisits the theme of the Motoon taboo. Tom Cruise and a host of celebrities previously insulted by the town of South Park threaten a class action suit against unless Mohammed is brought in. Cruise tells the boys that he has “always wanted to meet” the prophet, but he reveals the real reason for the demand to his co-complainants:
Mohammed has a power that makes him impervious to being made fun of. What if we could harness that power?
They plan to gain that power by “taking his goo”, although the exact procedure for extracting said goo is not explained.
The residents of South Park, still nervous about showing Mohammed in any form, eventually bring him on dressed in a bear suit. Ironically, when the bombings begin, it is not jihadists who are responsible, but ginger fundamentalists who, like the celebs, are keen to obtain his goo and thus gain immunity from ridicule.
Revolutionmuslim.com, displaying the sense of humour we have come to expect from such types, have issued veiled threats on their website and released a YouTube video featuring the words of a sermon by Anwar a-Awlaki played over images of Theo van Gogh, Salman Rushdie, Ayan Hirsi Ali, Lars Vilks, Kurt Westergaard, and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
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. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them
They also provide the addresses of Comedy Central in New York, and Parker & Stone’s production company in Los Angeles.
Just to “give people the opportunity to protest”, you understand.
Here is a video of Parker and Stone talking sense about the whole affair. It contains footage of the first time Mo made an appearance in South Park – the “Super Best Friends” episode from series 5:
UPDATE (21 April)
The Freethinker noticed that revolutionmuslim.com got hacked yesterday. Their front page was replaced by this image.