The chalkboard gag from last night’s “Simpsons” episode is actually generating some buzz on the Internet, which is more than I can say about any episode of “The Simpsons” in the last seven or eight years. It refers, of course, to the ongoing circle of intimidation/fear/censorship that’s been going on over at Comedy Central with “South Park’s” satire of religious icons.
“In the 14 years we’ve been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind,” South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrote on their Web site. “We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn’t some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle’s customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn’t mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We’ll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we’ll see what happens to it.” [Raw Story]
Anyway, I’ve never liked it when “South Park” or “The Simpsons” or “Family Guy” tried to poke fun at each other, so a little show of solidarity is cool to see. Although it’d be a lot cooler if every TV show just added a Muhammad character to piss off righteous religious fanatics. Seriously, everybody, you can do whatever you want with Muhammad’s image. If we all get in on this together, Revolution Islam will be way too backlogged with making veiled threats to ever back them up.