The South Park censorship kerffufle

I love the show South Park. It is brutally offensive to all sides and that fact alone makes it a bellwether for on-the-money political satire. (Jon Stewart, the progressive’s favorite political analyst, not so much.) Here is the inimitable Mark Steyn talking about the latest cave in Hollywood on matters Mohammedan.

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Meanwhile, Comedy Central — you know, the “hip,” “edgy” network with Jon Stewart, from whom “young” Americans under 53 supposedly get most of their news — just caved in to death threats. From a hateful 83-year-old widow who doesn’t like Obamacare? Why, no! It was a chap called Abu Talhah al Amrikee, who put up a video on the Internet explaining why a South Park episode with a rather tame Mohammed joke was likely to lead to the deaths of the show’s creators. Just to underline the point, he showed some pictures of Theo van Gogh, the Dutch film director brutally murdered by (oh, my, talk about unfortunate coincidences) a fellow called Mohammed. Mr. al Amrikee helpfully explained that his video incitement of the murder of Matt Stone and Trey Parker wasn’t really “a threat but just the likely outcome.” All he was doing, he added, was “raising awareness” — you know, like folks do on Earth Day. On Earth Day, lame politicians dig a hole and stick a tree in it. But aggrieved Muslims dig a hole and stick a couple of comedy writers in it. Celebrate diversity!

Faced with this explicit threat of violence, what did Comedy Central do? Why, they folded like a Bedouin tent. They censored South Park, not only cutting all the references to Mohammed but, in an exquisitely postmodern touch, also removing the final speech about the need to stand up to intimidation.

Stone and Parker get what was at stake in the Danish-cartoons crisis and many other ostensibly footling concessions: Imperceptibly, incrementally, remorselessly, the free world is sending the message that it is happy to trade core liberties for the transitory security of a quiet life. That is a dangerous signal to give freedom’s enemies. So the South Park episode is an important cultural pushback.

Yet in the end, in a craven culture, even big Hollywood A-listers can’t get their message over. So the brave, transgressive comedy network was intimidated into caving in and censoring a speech about not being intimidated into caving in. That’s what I call “hip,” “edgy,” “cutting-edge” comedy: They’re so edgy they’re curled up in the fetal position, whimpering at the guy with the cutting edge, “Please. Behead me last. And don’t use the rusty scimitar where you have to saw away for 20 minutes to find the spinal column…”

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Heh.

(H/T Honey)

4 thoughts on “The South Park censorship kerffufle”

  1. Typical hollywood PC wimps who by their acquiescense to tyrants, craft their own doom.

    Our experience with The Zecchino Estate Grifters and other criminals is that though it seems unnatural and unnerving, it’s best to run at the gun, smack bullies back, and shine the light of truth and publicity on societal vampires – and watch them shrivel as they scurry back to their coffins like scalded rats.

    As the valiant young lady who blogs from the belly of cagasstro’s beast says, ‘go for the fear’, or something to that effect.

    Bullies love it when their targets fold like a cheap camera, yet they cower and flee when one resists them even slightly.

    Now would seem an opportune time to ratchet up the comedy.

    But they won’t.

  2. I love South Park, I love the balls on that show, that’s why I wasn’t really upset when they made fun of the whole problem with Elian They trump every past show they made with satirizing current events in a libertarian slant.

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