From the Department of When Satire Becomes Reality: Trey Parker and Matt Stone have built a career on the conviction of being equal-opportunity offenders. No one escapes skewering on their long-running cartoon South Park: Mormons, Hollywood liberals, Canadians, Satan, Christ, physically disabled comedians.
So for its 200th episode last week, South Park creators took on the Muslim belief that depicting the image of the prophet Muhammad is blasphemous. They show the prophet dressed in a football mascot bear suit as other South Park characters worry about being bombed by terrorists.
Now, a Web site called Revolutionmuslim.com has issued a threat against the South Park creators for offending the religious beliefs of Muslims.
The site says: “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”
The site includes a picture of the slain body of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh who was killed in 2004 by extremists for his documentary depicting the treatment of Muslim women. The site Revolutionmuslim.com is down, but a cached version of the site from Tuesday is available here. Scroll down to see the post.
Stone and Parker gave an interview with Boing Boing about the episode and why they didn’t shy away from satirizing Muslim beliefs: