‘Simpsons’ supports Comedy Central’s ‘South Park’ in Prophet Muhammed censorship controversy

Bart Simpson writes about Comedy Central’s “South Park.” The Fox show is supporting Trey Parker and Matt Stone over their studio censoring an episode about Prophet Muhammed.

Bart Simpson writes about Comedy Central's "South Park."   The Fox show is supporting Trey Parker and Matt Stone over their  studio  censoring an episode about Prophet Muhammed.

Bart Simpson would support Cartman and his friends if he wasn’t such a sissy.

Sunday night’s episode of “The Simpsons” sent a message of support to “South Park” after the Comedy Central show was censored last week.

“South Park – we’d stand beside you if we weren’t so scared,” Bart wrote on the chalk board in the Fox show’s opening credits.

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 duo had animated the Muslim prophet in a bear suit in their series’ 200th episode.

“We have to warn Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker] that what they are doing is stupid,” a posting on revolutionmuslim.com read.

“They will probably end up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show,” the site noted, referencing the Dutch filmmaker who was murdered in 2004 over a documentary he made that addressed violence against Muslim women.

In the following episode – “201″ – the prophet was referred to only with a “bleep” sound and his image was blocked out with the word “censored.”

Parker and Stone were dissapointed in the studio’s decision and released a statement Thursday afternoon.

“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.”

Parker and Stone have parodied Muhammed before, first in 2001 and again in 2006, though Comedy Central censored the latter bit, which never aired.

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