South Park has always courted its fair share of controversy, ever since a 10-year-old got an anal probe, but one of its most HOT SOUTHPARK TAKES came in 2011, during the two-part “200” and 201″ epic. Those are the episodes where a seething pack of gingers and celebrities, including Tom Cruise and Rob Reiner, demand “goo” that makes them immune from slander from the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The Super Best Friend had appeared on South Park before, in 2001’s aptly-titled “Super Best Friends,” but that was before the Jyllands-Posten controversy, and worrying about the backlash that would follow if they allowed the prophet to be shown, Comedy Central heavily censored “201,” complete with bleeps and an obnoxious bar.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker were understandably pissed, though they handled themselves with smart-ass class, commenting, “We’ll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we’ll see what happens to it.” (For what it’s worth, the next episode was “Crippled Summer,” where Towlie gets an intervention.) Comedy Central took “201” out of syndication and it hasn’t been on TV since; it can’t be found on South Park Studios, either. But fans have uploaded the episode online, including Pirromount, which claims to have a “restored and uncensored (mostly)” cut. During the speech at the end of the episode, there’s still no sound, but subtitles appear, with some nonsense about how “Muhammad’s just a made-up guy.” I say “nonsense” because it’s a fake. (Matt and Trey have said the speeches aren’t about Muhammad.) The REAL, far more biting version popped up recently, and can be read and watched below.
KYLE: That’s because there is no goo, Mr. Cruise. You see, I learned something today. Throughout this whole ordeal, we’ve all wanted to show things that we weren’t allowed to show, but it wasn’t because of some magic goo. It was because of the magical power of threatening people with violence. That’s obviously the only true power. If there’s anything we’ve all learned, it’s that terrorizing people works.
JESUS: That’s right. Don’t you see, gingers, if you don’t want to be made fun of anymore, all you need are guns and bombs to get people to stop.
SANTA: That’s right, friends. All you need to do is instill fear and be willing to hurt people and you can get whatever you want. The only true power is violence. (Via)
Amen. *throws Comedy Central executive out the window*