“South Park” Censors 200th Episode

A couple of days since a New York-based Islamic Web site warned “South Park” creator Matt Stone and Trey Parker of violence for depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a man in a bear suit, Comedy Central showed a “watered-down” version of the 200th episode of the popular cartoon.

The show bleeped out the part where Mohammed’s name is mentioned and the word “censored” was splashed throughout the episode. The Mohammed in bear suit was also replaced by a Santa clause in the same costume. Comedy Central or the South Park creators did not say whether the censored version was a response to pro-jihad group Revolution Muslim warned Parker and Stone that they may suffer the same fate as Theo Van Gogh, who was killed after he made a short film that criticized Muslim nations for committing violence against women.

The group’s head, however, defended the post on their Web site. Younus Abdullah Muhammad said the post was not a threat to Parker and Stone but was merely “showing a case study…of what happened to another individual who conducted himself in a very similar manner” as the “South Park” creators.