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Thursday, April 06, 2006
Does this count as blasphemy? (part 2 of 2)
Everyone must be tired of Trey Parker and Matt Stone attempts to insult every aspect of modern culture. There's a strange lack of chatter* devoted to Wednesday's episode of South Park on the internet but it could be there most daring yet. This is the only thing that turned up after a search on Google News but their shiny, new Peabody award is getting a lot of attention.
In last night's episode Parker/Stone took on the controversy over those Danish cartoons of Mohammed, their critics, Comedy Central's head office and, uh, Family Guy.
I didn't know where they were going with this until the show's final moments. It's the first of two parts and next week the duo plan to animate Mohammed, no doubt doing something offensive, and pin the whole thing on Family Guy.
Attempting to have Jihad declared on your rivals is pretty gutsy but this wouldn't be the first time the prophet has appeared in an episode of the cartoon satire. Mohammed popped-up as a member of a Super Friends-esque cult fighting team back in 2001.
And here's a lovely image of their depiction of the prophet:
Tune in next week to see if Parker/Stone go through with their plan or if, as they put it, "Comedy Central wusses out and yanks the episode" ala a recent installment that went after Scientology. Could a basic cable show stir up another hornet's nest of controversy and riots overseas?
I wouldn't bet on it but it's nice to see Parker/Stone willing to risk death threats from Islamic groups for what amounts to a stupid joke and attempt to drag Seth MacFarlane's show into it. Interesting sidenote: in 2001, MacFarlane came close to flying on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center.
Well, good for them. You stay classy, South Park.
Also: I probably shouldn't have included that image of Mohammed above but I've got nothing to worry about, right? There's no way that religious fanatics would ever come across this random Portland blog on the edges of cyberspace. Naw, that could never happen.
C'mon, click on that link. The preceding paragraph doesn't make sense otherwise.
Anyway, here's Plus Ultra's take on last night's episode, complete with highlights.
*: WWB called me on this statement. A quick search on Technorati turns up no less than 1700 posts about last night's episode. What a fool I've been.
UPDATE: Earlier today I received an email from Tracy, an editor over at Plus Ultra. She mentioned that KATU ran shots of the controversial Danish cartoons during a recent segment about the blog. Read all about it here.