Oh right: the money.
Jon Stewart pretends to “speak Truth to Power” — while cashing Power’s sizable check. Wow, what a profile in courage!
In the 14 years we’ve been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind. 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.
Meanwhile, a South Park fan made the video below. Yep, it’s VERY offensive. And no, I don’t care.
Irshad Manji wants people to sign a petition, which is fine as far as it goes. Ayann Hirsi Ali states the (alas) obvious:
…this is a great opportunity for the silent majority of Muslims to stand up against death threats and in favor free speech, declaring that this episode of South Park should go back on air unedited.
It is an opportunity to show how patriotic and how American they are.”
UPDATE: the stupid Muslims’ website has been hacked.
My co-defendent pens a keeper:
The “extremist” is the one with the death threat.
The “moderate” is the one who explains what you’ve done to deserve it.
UPDATE: Diana West calls out two-faced Bill O’Reilly (whose network is partially owned by A-rabs) — and anybody else who refuses to defend South Park creators…
“Was it the smart thing to do in light of the Danish cartoonist and van Gogh?” he asked. “It’s harmless to me,” he continued about the episode in question. “But if you are a hardcore jihadist any mention of Muhammad in any kind of way, particularly if you poking fun at him, is a capital offense.”
According to whose law, Bill — Islam’s or ours? Or is our law now Islamic? Those are the question citizens of the Western world need to hear discussed. But not on the O’Reilly Factor.
“See, I would have advised them not to do it,” O’Reilly continued, “because the risk is higher than the reward.”
One reason there is such a high “risk” is because media people such as O’Reilly left Westergaard and now the South Park creators, as Parker put it, “out to dry.”