The creators of The Simpsons have shown their support for fellow animators South Park whose recent episode depicting the prophet Mohammed was censored. Bart Simpson wrote, “South Park – we’d stand beside you if we weren’t so scared,” on the blackboard in the show’s opening sequence. This follows the controversial decision by channel Comedy Central, which airs the show, to edit the 201st episode of South Park after the previous edition depicted the prophet Mohammed in a bear costume. South Park’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, were sent a warning by a New York-based radical Islamic website over the 200th episode. In the following episode, all mentions of the prophet were bleeped out and his image was blocked out with the word “censored.” In a statement, Park and Stone said: “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.” Abu Talhah al Amrikee wrote on revolutionmuslim.com that the show’s decision to caricature the prophet was “stupid”. He wrote that they would “probably wind up like Theo van Gogh”, the Dutch film-maker who was murdered in 2004 after making a documentary on violence against Muslim women. “It’s not a threat, but it really is a likely outcome,” he added.
Simpsons show support for South Park