South Park creators court fury after including Prophet Muhammad in no-holds-barred 200th episode

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 3:54 PM on 15th April 2010

Cartoon South Park is courting controversy after daring to draw the Prophet Muhammad in a no-holds-barred 200th episode.

The creators of the irreverent show have mixed some of the most litigious celebrities in showbusiness with one of the most incendiary topics of modern times.

In the anniversary episode, the stars of the show again poke fun at Hollywood star Tom Cruise, who teams up with a group of other celebrities parodied in the show - including Bono, Tiger Woods and Paris Hilton - to plot their revenge.

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Controversy: The 200th episode of popular U.S. show South Park could cause outrage among Muslim as it features the Prophet Muhammad

They demand that the town of South Park bring him the Prophet Muhammad - but they balk at the request due to the real-life controversy of drawing the religious figure.

Cruise is set on 'harvesting' this supposed immunity to ridicule to prevent himself being parodied.

But a tug-of-war ensues between the celebrities and an association of redheaded children after the children in South Park - Kyle, Kenny, Cartman and Stan - 'track down' a version of the Prophet Muhammad.

A frustrated Cruise then recreates his infamous couch-jumping on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005 by angrily bouncing on a couch next to a cartoon of the talk show host.

The show also includes a fire-breathing robotic Godzilla version of Barbara Streisand - called Mecha-Streisand.

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Outrage: Protesters climb over the gate at the Danish embassy in Tehran during violent riots after newspapers published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad

South Park has previously ridiculed the Hollywood actor in a 2005 episode.

But depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are seen as blasphemous and offensive by Muslims.

The issue came to the fore in 2005 and 2007 when European newspapers published cartoons featuring the religious leader.

The cartoonists behind the series of drawings faced death threats, the Danish embassy in Syria was burned down in 2006 and there were global protests and calls to boycott Danish products.

Danish newspapers apologised for reprinting the pictures earlier this year and members of an alleged plot to kill one of the cartoonists have appeared in court.

 

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Oh my god, they will kill Kenny for this.

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tough for muslims isnt it, its only a cartoon, lighten up

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I think you're getting America confused with Europe. Muslims outside of America might be angered and even a few American Muslims might not like it but you won't hear them voicing it and you'd never see anything like that Dutch photograph. You're just asking for some racist to pop a cap in you.

Muslims in America and Muslims in Europe are not the same. I think it has to do with our Integrate or Perish mentatlity (it's been this way since the immigration boom in the 20's and 30's, just ask my Irish and Spanish grandparents). Either you do as we do, or make sure the door doesn't hit you on the way out. It's probably not the best immigraion policy but I'm sure there are other countries with open doors.

Besides who watches South Park anymore? I didn't even know that show was still on.

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Just like waving a red rag at a bull, or jumping into the scorpion pit, it is a subject best left alone;
It would be interesting though if the other religions acted with such fervour, when insulted, blood on the streets everywhere.

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Censorship is the act of a dictatorship. Some South Park topics make me angry as a Christian, but i just turn the channel. South Park really is probably the most un-biased show on tv----they make fun of everyone!

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Southpark have showed mohammed before in the episode "cartoon wars" but the image was pixalated by comedy central. No doubt this will again be the case. Here's to another 200 episodes best American satire on TV

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