The newspaper announced that this publication was an attempt to contribute to the debate regarding criticism of Islam and self-censorship. Please go to them as I am a private person who draws stuff". "[124] Janet Albrechtsen wrote in The Australian, "As a cartoon, it was mildly amusing. [18] Bloggers at The Atlantic, Reason, National Review Online and Glenn Reynolds in his "Instapundit" blog, all posted comments and links about the proposed day, giving it wide publicity. [77] Protests against Facebook were organized in Lahore, Kasur, Narowal, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi and Peshawar; by Pakistan-based religious parties including Jamaat-e-Islami, Islami Jamiat Tulba and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam. I call on everybody to stay calm. [86] YouTube released a statement, saying it is "looking into the matter and working to ensure that the service is restored as soon as possible". At this juncture, such drawings are only hurtful to more liberal and moderate Muslims who have not done anything to endanger our first amendment rights. Stream free episodes and clips, play games, create an avatar and go behind-the-scenes of Trey and Matt's award winning series. [34] Some commentators suggested because Comedy Central responded to Revolution Muslim's warnings by censoring depictions of Muhammad, the Muslim extremists scored a significant public victory. [67] In several Pakistani cities demonstrators burned the Norwegian flag although the Norwegian News Agency reported that the Norwegian flag was burned mistakenly in the belief that it was the Danish. In fact, Muhammad's appearance might not be the most controversial part of the episode since they go at Scientology quite hard. Even if, in an ironic twist, its biggest backers have now been scared off. [8], Molly Norris drew the original, poster-like cartoon on April 20, 2010, which declared May 20, 2010, to be the first annual "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day". Tom Cruise is the first subjected to the process, gaining a "CENSORED" box identical to Muhammad's, but further transfers are interrupted when the Super Best Friends arrive to free their comrade Muhammad. "[52], The CEO of the company Nayatel, Wahaj-us-Siraj, told Reuters that the decision of the Lahore court was not wise: "Blocking the entire website would anger users, especially young adults, because the social networking website is so popular among them and they spend most of their time on it. "Mohammed at night" – Black background with no depiction of a character, simply text at the bottom. He reveals to Cartman that they shared the same father, former Denver Broncos player Jack Tenorman, meaning that by his act of revenge against Scott, Cartman had killed his own father and fed him to his half-brother. "[121], Law professor and blogger Ann Althouse rejected the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day idea because "depictions of Muhammad offend millions of Muslims who are no part of the violent threats. Santa: That's right, friends. "[9] Even after Comedy Central announced they were responsible for the censorship in "201", he speculated as to whether it was possibly a publicity stunt by Parker and Stone to create controversy and increase viewership. "[139] Other cartoonists quoted in the article called the event, "childish and needlessly provocative," or demurred because they dislike, "choreographed punditry. The episode was written and directed by series co-creator Trey Parker.To celebrate their landmark episode, Parker and fellow series co-creator Matt Stone combined many of South Park ' s past storylines and controversies. Everyone is welcome to join in and start editing. Several groups have called for a boycott of the show, its sponsors, and the networks which air it. As the publicity mounted, Norris and the man who created the first Facebook page promoting the May 20 event disassociated themselves from it. CNN's Larry King talks about the threat made against the creators of "South Park." We are investigating this. "[50] The agency was responding to an action by a group of Islamic attorneys based in Pakistan, who had acted to get the court order due to a Facebook group "Everybody Draw Mohammad Day—May 20". Many other folks have used my cartoon to start sites, etc. Issuing a death threat against somebody who drew a picture isn’t my thing, but this isn’t either. "[32], An information technology specialist named Mimi, based in Toronto, Canada, helped to lead the protest movement in the wake of the departures of Norris and Wellington. Without getting too into the plot details, the episode sent up a number of past storylines and controversies, most … "[148][149] The cartoonist Stéphane "Charb" Charbonnier was also added to Al-Qaeda's most wanted list, along with Lars Vilks and three Jyllands-Posten staff members: Kurt Westergaard, Carsten Juste, and Flemming Rose. [88], Pakistan restricted access to Wikipedia and banned viewing of certain pages on the website in the country on May 20, 2010, according to Fast Company,[87] The New York Times,[89] Radio France Internationale,[90] The Express Tribune,[91][92] The Washington Post,[93] Computerworld,[94] Newsweek,[95] Agence France-Presse,[96][97] and the Financial Times. "[102] The Assistant Secretary of State went on to note, "At the same time, Pakistan has to make sure that in taking any particular action, that you’re not restricting speech to the millions and millions of people who are connected to the Internet and have a universal right to the free flow of information. [4][5] Cartman uses a hand-puppet con-artist named Mitch Conner who originally appeared in the seventh season episode "Fat Butt and Pancake Head", in which Cartman pretends his hand is Jennifer Lopez and uses many Hispanic stereotypes in his portrayal of her. "[108] This was in line with an earlier statement by a Facebook spokeswoman, stating that Facebook "may consider IP blocking in Pakistan upon further review of local regulations, standards and customs". Among the signatures were those of Garry Trudeau, Mark Fiore, Tony Auth, David Horsey and Paul Szep. That is why it is blocked. Comedy Central refuses to show Muhammad on South Park. Nonetheless, planning for the protest continued with others "taking up the cause". "[139], Tarek Kahlaoui, an assistant professor of Islamic Art at Rutgers University,[140] analyzed the reasons behind Islamic aniconism in an article on Global Expert Finder, pointing out that despite aniconism the depiction of Muhammad is not wholly forbidden in Islam, and so in principle it should be possible for non-Muslims to draw him as well, although stating, "What should be an issue, however, are all possible implications between visual representation and bigotry." [23] Michael C. Moynihan of Reason stated he planned to select some of his favorite depictions of Muhammad from the protest movement, and then add them to the Reason.com website. Do not edit the contents of this page. Although South Park Studios generally makes unexpurgated versions of their episodes immediately available to view, the notice indicated Parker and Stone did not have network approval to show their original version, and thus no version of "201" could be seen on the website. Content that violates our guidelines is removed as soon as we become aware of it. "[137] In an analysis of the protest movement for Spiked, Brendan O'Neill was critical of the concept of "mocking Muhammad," writing, "... these two camps – the Muhammad-knockers and the Muslim offence-takers – are locked in a deadly embrace. Recently RevolutionMuslim.com, a website known for supporting jihad against the West, published a warning to Matt Stone and Trey Parker--the creators of "South Park." [19][20], On April 22, 2010, South Park Studios released a brief statement:[19]. [17], An "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" Facebook page was created by Jon Wellington. "[130], In Pakistan, an editorial in Dawn, the country's oldest English-language newspaper, said that there was no doubt that the Facebook initiative "was in poor taste and deserving of strong condemnation," adding that it was "debatable whether freedom of expression should extend to material that is offensive to the sensibilities, traditions and beliefs of religious, ethnic or other communities." But even then our campaign should not be limited to only those who are active participants. "[3] Tim Edwards of The First Post pointed out, "It seems that nothing can now stop May 20, 2010 becoming the inaugural 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day'. [101] According to Agence France-Presse, a representative of the organization the Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan, Wahaj us Siraj, stated "Wikipedia had been blocked" in the country. In the media, Everybody Draw Mohammed Day attracted support from commentators who felt that the campaign represented important issues of freedom of speech, and the need to stand up for this freedom. But among the 13,000 pictures on the EDMD Facebook page, you have Mohammed as a dog in a veil, Mohammed as a pig and Mohammed as a monkey. The US based Comedy Central network airs Cartoon Wars Part I, an episode of the controversial animated series South Park, about the controversy. Danish Cartoon Controversy. "[84] Sembiring stated his intention to write the management of Facebook, and noted, "Removing it is useless because other party can just post it again on the account. [30], In its original American broadcast on April 21, 2010, "201" was watched by 3.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, making it the most watched cable television show of the night. [24] By May 3, 2010, there were 11,000 members of the protest movement on Facebook, and individuals had submitted over 460 pictures. [8][9][29] Mecha-Streisand is defeated by her inability to resist performing duets with Neil Diamond, a pop singer-songwriter. ", "Everybody Burn the Flag/If we don't act like inconsiderate jerks, the terrorists will have won! It originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on April 21, 2010. [142][143], FBI officials reportedly notified Norris warning her that they considered it a "very serious threat. Depicted as a melodramatic madman, Scott has decorated his lair to represent the Chili Con-Carnival in which Cartman gained his revenge on Scott by tricking him into eating his own parents. Stan, Kenny and Kyle promise to help Cruise get to such a place. … The only true power is violence. On January 31, 2014, the original, uncensored version of "201" was leaked when it was pulled from the South Park Studios servers and was posted online in its entirety without approval by Comedy Central.[2]. [33] Ramsey Isler of IGN said the episode built on the events of "200" and delivered a strong payoff, particularly with the subplot about Cartman's father and the way it tied back to "Scott Tenorman Must Die". Although the end speeches are still censored, the bleeps are accompanied with music on DVD, unlike the April 21, 2010 airing, which featured a raw audio bleep. "[47], Subsequent to an order from the Lahore High Court on May 19, 2010,[48] the government of Pakistan, through its agency the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), indefinitely banned Facebook in the country, in response to the impending May 20 date at the focus of the protest movement. In late 2008, a group of prosecutors in Moscow, on behalf of Muslim activists and members of the Russian Pentecostalist Church, sought to have the Russian channel 2x2 closed in an attempt to prevent t… 'South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are threatened with the same fate. It was because of the magical power of threatening people with violence. He also defended the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in the way that it's an important right of all Americans.[141]. In fact, Muhammad's appearance might not be the most controversial part of the episode since they go at Scientology quite hard. "[86] Additional websites including Flickr were blocked in Pakistan on May 20. [86] The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority stated it ordered the shut down of YouTube in the country due to "blasphemous content". In cases like this, the approach is sometimes to restrict certain content from being shown in specific countries. "201" was not shown in repeats, has not been made available on the South Park website, and has not been shown in Sweden, Hungary, Australia or the Netherlands. threats aimed at the creators of the television show South Park ... by bloggers on Revolution Muslim's website, we hereby deem May 20, 2010 as the first 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!' A drawing representing Mohammed was posted on the Internet on April 20, 2010, with a message suggesting that "everybody" create a drawing depicting Mohammad on May 20 in support of free speech. Comedy Central producers censored "South Park" last week after the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, were sent a warning about depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The entry stated that they "will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show." We have blocked it for an indefinite amount of time. [19] The Raw Story called the idea of the protest movement "a snarky response" to the threats from Revolution Muslim against South Park. A protest page on Facebook against the initiative named "Against ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed Day'" attracted slightly more supporters (106,000 by May 20). I did not intend to be the focus of any 'group'. But if you want to live in a Western society and use the system to protect your rights, you have to be willing to allow others to have theirs as well," said Mimi. [47] Commenting on the winner of the Reason contest, Gillespie and Welch concluded, "There is a deeper lesson here: Connect the dots and discover that we all must be Spartacus on Everybody Draw Mohammad Day. [73] Picketers outside the court held up signs praiseworthy of Muhammad. Therefore, we all need to be aware of this. Official South Park Studios Wiki | South Park Studios "[102] On May 22, 2010, the Ambassador to the United States from Pakistan, Hussain Haqqani, formally issued a complaint to the U.S., in communications with U.S. Special Representative Richard Holbrooke. In most places the episode "Sexual Healing" was shown instead of episode 201. In 2006, the controversial American animated television comedy program South Park, which had previously depicted Muhammad as a superhero character in the July 4, 2001 episode "Super Best Friends", attempted to satirize the Danish newspaper incident. Cognizant that Islam forbids the depiction of its holiest prophet, Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker showed their “South Park” characters agonizing over how to bring Muhammad … [80], The Facebook group had supporters including Dutch politician Geert Wilders, former Dutch politician and feminist activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. ... if you're an artist, cartoonist, or creator who plans to participate, drop us a line and let us know—we'll be adding our own terribly drawn rendition of the prophet here on ComicsAlliance when the day rolls around and we'd love it if you joined us. "[42] Gillespie asserted, "Our Draw Mohammed contest is not a frivolous exercise of hip, ironic, hoolarious sacrilege toward a minority religion in the United States (though even that deserves all the protection that the most serioso political commentary commands). Scott Tenorman, and the references to Cartman's murder of Scott's parents, were from the fifth season episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die". [86] A representative of YouTube told BBC News, "YouTube offers citizens the world over a vital window on cultures and societies and we believe people should not be denied access to information via video. "200" and "201" are two episodes from Season 14 of the South Park animated series that were banned after their original airing. [139] The president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists opposed involvement because, "something like that can be too easily co-opted by interest groups who, I suspect, have an agenda that goes beyond a simple defense of free expression. 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