Posted by | April 25, 2010 08:18 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Thomas Wellborn

A Seattle cartoonist has come up with a snarky and sure-to-be controversial response to Muslim bloggers’ warnings to Comedy Central in regards to their South Park depiction of the Prophet Muhammed wearing a bear suit. Molly Norris has created a Facebook page where she is encouraging artists from the world over to create and submit their own depictions of Muhammed on May 20.

Along with Norris, many fans of the show were disappointed by Comedy Central’s decision to censor the episode in question.  This idea comes as a response to said decision.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone:

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. We’ll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we’ll see what happens to it.

The New York-based Revolution Muslim group’s response to the episode before its airing:

We have to warn [South Park creators] Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality that will likely happen to them.

According to the New York City Police Department, security has been stepped up at Comedy Central headquarters.

As for Norris, according to the Seattle city council’s news service, “I make people laugh and I think laughter is prayer.  Her regular strip, “Everyone is a Critic,” is published by City Arts magazine.

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