South Park Bites The Hand That Feeds It
The CBS News blog Public Eye, which previously criticized all the major news outlets, including CBS, for refusing to show the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad that recently touched off a wave of violent protests, has praised Comedy Central's South Park for taking up the issue. In a commentary posted on Thursday, Vaughn Ververs, who runs the blog, praised the recently Peabody-awarded show for a two-part series for speaking "truth to the irrational and irresponsible reaction to this cartoon controversy in the U.S. in general and among the media in particular." However, the Associated Press reported late Thursday that Comedy Central itself refused to allow the Muhammad cartoons from being shown in the South Park episode and that creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker retaliated by showing an image of Christ defecating on President Bush and the American flag. In a statement, Comedy Central said, "In light of recent world events, we feel we made the right decision." The Washington Post observed today (Friday) that comedy central had previously aired an episode of South Park that depicted Muhammad -- without incident. Although the A.P. (and other news outlets) maintains that "Muslims consider any physical representation of their prophet to be blasphemous," several writers have pointed out that nowhere in the Koran is there any mention of the matter.