Despite a radical Muslim group’s warning that its producers could be killed Comedy Central’s “South Park” included a representation of the Prophet Muhammad as a character this week
Muhammad appeared on Wednesday night’s episode of the cartoon with his body obscured by a black box, since Muslims consider a physical representation of their prophet to be blasphemous. Last week, the character was believed to be disguised in a bear costume. When that same costume was removed this week, Santa Claus appeared.
Islamists had warned the creators of TV show South Park they could face violent retribution for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit. A posting on the website of the US-based group, Revolution Muslim, told Matt Stone and Trey Parker they would “probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh”. The Dutch film-maker was shot and stabbed to death in 2004 by an Islamist angered by his film about Muslim women. A subsequent episode of the cartoon bleeped out references to Muhammad.
“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show,” warned the posting, written in the name of Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee.
“This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them,” it added.