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Monday, April 17, 2006

I Don't Get It

Comedy Central will allow South Park to show God like this:

And Moses like this:

But shows the Prophet Muhammad like this:

As such I felt compelled to send them a letter pointing out their double standard.
On the episode of South Park titled 'Cartoon Wars part II', Comedy Central refused to show a picture of the Prophet Muhammad. I'm curious as to why your network decided to censor a picture of Muhammad but will allow the South Park creators to show a picture of "God" in which he looks like a type of rat creature and uses profanity or show Moses as a flashing disembodied head. Why the double standard? Is it okay simply to make fun of any other religion than Islam? You network is a joke in and of itself. I find your actions to be intolerable and I hope your viewership drops as a result.

I never cared much for your station to begin with.
Using my powers of foresight, I believe I will get either no response or a form letter explaining how 'each culture' has certain beliefs and we respect them all... blah, blah.

I never was much of a Comedy Central fan but now it's on my 'do not watch' list. Why are they protecting Islam? I know it's a private company and thus can censor at will, but this is blatantly anti-Christian, Jew, Catholic, etc. Anyone but Muslims. Are they afraid of a Fatwa? Well I hope they are afraid of a boycott too.

Update: I got a response. It's just what I figured it would be. Typical corporate apologist crap.
Dear Viewer, (Typical form letter opening)

Thank you for your correspondence regarding the "South Park" episodes entitled "Cartoon Wars." We appreciate your concerns (don't give a s***) about censorship and the destructive influence of outside groups on the media, entertainment industry and particularly Comedy Central.

To reiterate, as satirists, we believe that it is our First Amendment right to poke fun at any and all people, groups, organizations and religions (except Islam) and we will continue to defend that right. Our goal is to make people laugh and perhaps, if we're lucky, even make them think (I think you are idiots. Oooo, you made me think!) in the process.

Comedy Central's belief in the First Amendment has not wavered, despite our decision not to air an image of Muhammad. Our decision was made not to mute the voices of Trey and Matt or because we value one religion over any other (B.S.). This decision was based solely on concern for public safety in light of recent world events (cowering to terrorists).

With the power of freedom of speech and expression also comes the obligation to use that power in a responsible way. Much as we wish it weren't the case, times have changed and, as witnessed by the intense and deadly reaction to the publication of the Danish cartoons, decisions cannot be made in a vacuum (like your heads) without considering what impact they may have on innocent individuals around the globe.

It was with this in mind we decided not to air the image of Muhammad, a decision similar to that made by virtually every single media outlet across the country earlier this year when they each determined that it was not prudent or in the interest of safety to reproduce the controversial Danish cartoons. Injuries occurred and lives were lost in the riots set off by the original publication of these cartoons. The American media made a decision then, as we did now, not to put the safety and well being of the public at risk, here or abroad (Quick! Hide under the table or the bad men will get you!).

As a viewer of "South Park," you know that over the course of ten seasons and almost 150 episodes the series has addressed all types of sensitive, hot-button issues, religious and political, and has done so with Comedy Central's full support in every instance, including this one. "Cartoon Wars" contained a very important message (Family Guy sucks?), one that Trey and Matt felt strongly about, as did we at the network, which is why we gave them carte blanche in every facet but one: we would not broadcast a portrayal of Muhammad (Your God is better than ours).

In that regard, did we censor the show? Yes, we did. But if you hold Comedy Central's 15-year track record up against any other network out there, you'll find that we afford our talent the most creative freedom and provide a nurturing atmosphere that challenges them to be bold and daring and places them in a position to constantly break barriers and push the envelope. The result has been some of the most provocative television ever produced (Lousy comedians and dull shows).

We would like nothing more than to be able to look back at this in a few years and think that perhaps we overreacted. Unfortunately, to have made a different decision and to look back and see that we completely underestimated the damage that resulted was a risk we were not willing to take (And the terrorists rejoice at their victory).

Our pledge to you, our loyal viewers, is that Comedy Central will continue to produce and provide the best comedy available and we will continue to push it right to the edge, using and defending the First Amendment in the most responsible way we know how (NOW you use the 1st amendment responsibly?).

Comedy Central Viewer Services
Of course the stuff in parenthesis is mine. This is just the load of crap I expected. We have become a nation of cowards who let radical Islam stomp all over us. Even a network that I thought was above this has proven that those who terrorize, win.

Goodbye America. Freedom does not know you now.

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