Statement from SOUTH PARK Creators About Last Night’s Censored Episode

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Comedy Central aired the 201st episode of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s South Park last night. The episode was a continuation of the storyline from the 200th episode which was about Muhammad and how people don’t make fun of him because of religious fanatics.

When I sat down to watch the episode, I was shocked at the level of censorship.  Unlike the 200th episode, the 201st featured tons of bleeps; especially whenever they said Muhammad.  I was left wondering whether the complete change in the censorship was a joke in itself.  Today Stone and Parker released a statement.  Hit the jump for more:

In the 14 years we’ve been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn’t some meta-joke on our part. 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. We’ll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we’ll see what happens to it.

So now that it’s been cleared up, I can’t seem to understand how this happened.  South Park is one of the most offensive shows on television, but at the same time no one can really feel taken advantage of because there are no taboos as far as the show’s content is concerned.  So why is Comedy Central taking this wishy washy stand against the creators of one of the biggest shows on television?  Let’s hope that this misunderstanding between the creators and the station is cleared up and no more unnecessary censorship ruins what is probably great television for us (the audience).

(via South Park Studios)

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  • Cyberdyne

    That seriously pisses me off. South Park needs to find a network that deserves them.

  • nabilat1

    I think what the muslims are doing is stupid. If they don't stop then they will probably end up like Sadam Husein hanging from the end of a rope and being sodomized in hell by Satan. No that's not a threat, it's simply the way things might go down. See?, any idiot can make a threat and say it's not a threat. Burn in hell terrorist scum. I'm not afraid.

  • https://twitter.com/ColonialBoy1 ColinJ

    Here's my message to any radical Muslims nutcases out there:

    GROW THE FUCK UP!!!

  • Corin Prendiville

    Can we be any more discriminatory? This is not all Muslims, it is a select few extremists who can't handle opinions outside their own, and technically this entire situation is a result of Comedy Centrals fear of backlash by the group of people. I think it was probably smart, because I wouldn't doubt if the creators of South Park found themselves in hiding after terrorist threats came out for disgracing Muhammad – in that regard Comedy Central is simply protecting their team, you guys heard what happened to that artist who drew pictures of Muhammad in similar parody fashion as we do Jesus I'm sure.

  • bigfootedfred

    The south park studios forum was taken down earlier today because of the fan anger over this and as of this post it has not been restored.

    before being taken down posts and threads were being deleted left and right

  • Logan

    I don't know, for some reason I can't shake the feeling that it WAS some kind of joke on their part. Before you call me an idiot, let me explain: After Kyle's customary speech is all censored, it goes to Stan, who says “Yeah”, with a satisfied smile on his face. To me, that means that they were being self-referential to the fact that the characters all just heard the speech, and the audience didn't. I mean, think about it: Why else would it show Stan saying “Yeah” after Kyle's speech? It doesn't make sense. Then again, the creators saying it was censored without their approval when it wasn't wouldn't make sense either.

  • bigfootedfred

    well logan, the other evidence is the fact the episode seems to have been pulled from its UK air date and now will not air in the UK by all impressions.

    the re-airing in the states was also pulled.

    Its pretty damn clear Censorship Central is behind this, they have also stopped the episode from being aviaible on the south park studios website.

    The main forums were also taken down after a massive fan backlash earlier today.

  • southparkfanforever

    sigh this is just a sad day for all of us south park fans

  • Chad

    No one's saying it's “all muslims” Corin. Which almost makes it worse. Comedy Central's decision was based on a small group of extremists who made internet “threats”. And in all honesty, I'm sure if Matt and Trey were at all worried about being murdered, they would've stopped including Mohammad in their episodes YEARS ago. CC's decision was not to “protect their team.” They buckled under perceived backlash from a group of religious fanatics who need to get the hell over themselves.

  • http://ciclotimia.blogspot.com/ [A]

    they can't grow up, you silly — they implode before reaching adulthood..

  • LongLiveWesternCivilization

    That episode had so much potential and it turned out to be practically unwatchable because of those pussy executives at Comedy Central and their overzealous editing. Ok so now in addition to not being able to portray an image of Mohammed, we can't even say the name “Mohammed” without it getting bleeped? Apparently Mohammed is the new N word. And what the hell was up with the 35 seconds of continuous bleeping at the end of the show during Kyle's monologue? From what I've seen in various news and forums, none of the the characters were even mentioning Mohammed by name at that point. They were just talking about intimidation and fear and how we shouldn't let a bunch of threats determine our behavior.

    This whole situation is so incredibly infuriating. Is this really the new status quo? The civilized west is just rolling over and playing dead, not even putting up a decent fight and totally giving into these insane barbaric cowards. We need to be willing to fight these dirty goat fuckers, but instead we seem to be giving up and letting them win. It is disgusting. These scumbags are at war with us, they threaten us with death, they carry out terrorist acts against us, and what do we do in response? We pretend there is no war, we give up, we bow our heads to our new muslim overlords.
    Islam is a plague upon the earth that needs to be eradicated. When are we going to wake up and realize that the survival of our civilization is at stake? This is not just about some humorous satirical cartoon being censored. This is about our freedoms and our entire way of life being threatened with extinction. Islam is an evil murderous cult that needs to be destroyed. If we don't destroy Islam then it will destroy us. This is the unfortunate reality of our world today.

  • Jeff W.

    All of you people getting mad at Comedy Central for this are idiots. I mean, cmon, this is the network that brought you the episode with over 200 'shit's in it. The creators of the show received very real DEATH THREATS. It was mentioned that the creators would end up like a man (forgot the name) that made a documentary about violence against Muslim women; he was MURDERED. So stop your bitching at the network that brought us 201 episodes of one of the most awesome vulgar shows on television. They were doing what they thought prudent to protect the creators of the show. Also, stop with the racist generalizations; it makes you sound like even bigger idiots.

  • NightAvatar

    Quit apologizing for the network. There's no excuse. So what if they got death threats? You think they couldn't handle it? It's shameful that these terrorists are allowed to reign the world the way they do. There should be ZERO allowances for such hateful morons.

  • Rob

    Looks like all global South Park sites have been affected by the forum shutdown. I guess Comedy Cen(sorship)tral couldn't take the fan backlash they created. First they censor their programming, now they censor their viewers. I'm surprised they let Jon Stewart give his message to Revolutionmuslim tonight on The Daily Show, which was “Go Fuck Yourself”.

  • Chad

    I love how people like you lecture about racism like you're on some podium of moral authority without so much as a thought of condemnation for the people making the threats and committing the murders. Broad generalizations are dangerous, but no more so than turning a blind eye to the realities of the world. There is religious extremism in this world. It is capable of murder. And it is coming from the Middle East.

    Wake the fuck up.

  • bigfootedfred

    This is a just one battle in an ongoing War on free speech, free speech is losing.

    I urge everyone to fight for the side of freedom.

  • histeachn

    Wow, your comment was a rare combination of funny and poignant. I'm impressed.

  • Lee

    No, no wait – I get it. A supposedly extremist Muslim website says that it won't tolerate slights on Muhammad, who died thousands of years ago and probably wouldn't blow up non-Muslims if someone drew a cartoon of him. So therefore, we should do what this website says.

    Well here in the Western world, there are certain things WE won't tolerate. They're called death threats. Yes, threats to end people's lives even if they really are only threats and you don't come good on them. It doesn't really make any difference which. We say that people have a right to not live in fear, and contravening that is another thing we don't tolerate. So how about you consider just how hypocritical you are, and if you aren't open-minded enough to accept that then make sure you live in a country which shares your views and stay there.

    Otherwise, accept that there are many worse things in the world than drawing a cartoon of someone, and that right now you're being one of them.

  • Mike

    Your commented started off totally reasonable and just devolved into insane bigotry. There is a serious difference between Islam and terrorists.

  • bigfootedfred
  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GHB4QO3563AXBMU6XIZH3C3P24 Aquariasm

    Okay, really? Have any of you ever WATCHED Matt and Trey? They haven't a non-sarcastic bone in their bodies and their ability to portray wide-eyed innocent chummery and earnestness is in itself a Herculean feat. To believe for a moment that Comedy Central was at fault for the censorship rather than the whole thing being an elaborate joke is, well, akin to… Did you all know that there really IS a completely developed plot/throughline and plan for Lost and the writers/producers are just pretending to make it up as they go along?

  • bigfootedfred

    You may have thought for a while but that is clearly no longer possibly the case.

    “200, 201 and super best freinds” have all been removed from the Sout park studios player, they are also no longer aviaible at amazon video on demand as well as many other sites, probably more to come. The UK screening was cancelled completely and the network has said publicly they are the ones behind the bleeps and the censorship.

    So no, its not 'stupid' to think that comedy central is behind this, because they have admited they are. They also will not re air the episode, even in its highly censored state.

  • LongLiveWesternCivilization

    You're right there is a big difference between Islam and terrorists. The difference is that the terrorists are following the true teachings of Islam while the peaceful muslims out there are simply not adhering to the true teachings of the pedophile warlord Mohammed.

    People seem to have this misguided notion that both Christianity and Islam are equally violent by pointing to abortion clinic bombings or historically dark periods of Christianity like the Spanish inquisition and the crusades. What people are missing in a big way is that anyone who twists and perverts the peaceful teachings of Christ by commiting violent acts in his name is behaving in a manner which is in direct opposition to the fundamentally peaceful teachings of Christ.

    Muslims on the other hand, when they commit violence against non-believers, they are simply following Mohammed's teachings exactly as they were written. When the muslim comes into contact with an infidel, he is instructed to either convert the non-believer to Islam, force him to live as a second class citizen with limited rights, or to simply kill him. Islam is a religion that does not respect any other religion and has no concept of basic human freedoms.

    All this crap about Islam being a religion of “peace” is utter nonsense. The only peace they believe in is the peace that will be achieved once everyone on earth has either been converted to Islam or killed. Islam is an evil cult bent on nothing short of world domination. The elimination of Islam is a clear case of self defense against oppressive tyrannical overlords. We need to eliminate them before they eliminate us, that's all there is to it. I am perfectly happy to co-exist with muslims, buddhists, hindus, christians, athiests, etc, but in Islam there is no room for coexistence. There is only domination and subjugation.

    Islam is an evil cult and Mohammed was an evil man. Unlike Christ or Buddha or other peaceful religious figures, Mohammed was not a peaceful person at all. He was a psychotic murdering warlord who heard voices that he himself believed to be evil spirits. He was a documented pedophile. If Mohammed lived in the modern world, any sane person would basically consider him to be in the same category as someone like David Koresh, a violent, power hungry, child raping maniac, and yet these muslims put him up on a pedestal, point to him as the ultimate and most perfect example of manhood, and threaten death upon anyone who doubts his perfection or dares question his teachings. Anyone who follows Mohammed is either misinformed, misguided, or seriously disturbed.

  • negra0827

    why is it the we have supposed freedom of speech and yet we are censored!! South Park is the epitomy of all our angst against a world with so many rules. For years we have reveled in what south park brings to table and all of the sudden it gets censored for some bs like mohammed or muslims or religion, if we cant make fun of things around us then how do we cope???? I say let south park go on uncensored!! comedy central ruined the joke of it all and badically fucked up the episode!!!!

  • 136

    I always thought the bleeping was intentional before reading this article. I thought it was a snide commentary on themes and how certain censorship aspects have been stretched and pulled to the point of ridiculousness. Considering that the only thing that gets bleeped out are vulgarities on television, then to bleep out certain words along with them lowers the value of these words, and pulls them along side these vulgarities.

  • larrythefatcat

    I have to fully, and I do mean FULLY, agree with anyone who has said before me that the censoring of this episode was the joke. I don't understand how you people don't get it!! Trey and Matt are incredibly sarcastic and I'm sure that Comedy Central was willing to play along with this joke.

    It's obvious that all of the bleeps and censor bars were added by Trey and Matt due to the generic response to the speech at the end (which was commented on above) but MORE THAN OBVIOUS is the section near the end of the episode where Tom Cruise is censored once he has undergone the process to be free from ridicule! I don't see how someone who has actually seen this episode could honestly think that the censorship wasn't one of the primary jokes of the episode. I think most of you guys forget that South Park can put an ENTIRE episode together in a matter of days (as was proven a few years back by the Saddam Hussein reference a few days after he was captured) and I'm sure the Muslim extremist threats over '200' were an inspiration for this episode to take the direction that it did.

  • er what

    you been living in a cave?

    The network publicly stated they added the censorship..it was no joke mate.

    200, 201 and super best friends have all also been made unavaible.
    The heavily censored version of 200 that made it on the air, will not re air after just one showing in the US. It was never broadcast beyond that and by all accounts will not be again.

  • larrythefatcat

    I have to fully, and I do mean FULLY, agree with anyone who has said before me that the censoring of this episode was the joke. I don't understand how you people don't get it!! Trey and Matt are incredibly sarcastic and I'm sure that Comedy Central was willing to play along with this joke.

    It's obvious that all of the bleeps and censor bars were added by Trey and Matt due to the generic response to the speech at the end (which was commented on above) but MORE THAN OBVIOUS is the section near the end of the episode where Tom Cruise is censored once he has undergone the process to be free from ridicule! I don't see how someone who has actually seen this episode could honestly think that the censorship wasn't one of the primary jokes of the episode. I think most of you guys forget that South Park can put an ENTIRE episode together in a matter of days (as was proven a few years back by the Saddam Hussein reference a few days after he was captured) and I'm sure the Muslim extremist threats over '200' were an inspiration for this episode to take the direction that it did.

  • er what

    you been living in a cave?

    The network publicly stated they added the censorship..it was no joke mate.

    200, 201 and super best friends have all also been made unavaible.
    The heavily censored version of 200 that made it on the air, will not re air after just one showing in the US. It was never broadcast beyond that and by all accounts will not be again.

  • anon

    Does anybody else see this whole situation almost identicle to the plot of the south park episodes “Cartoon wars part 1 and 2″…

  • anon

    Does anybody else see this whole situation almost identicle to the plot of the south park episodes “Cartoon wars part 1 and 2″…

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