Thursday, April 13, 2006

"Comedhimmi Central"

"In light of recent world events, we feel we made the right decision."



Jeff Goldstein:

As most of you know by now, Comedy Central censored last night’s episode of “South Park,” refusing to run an image of Mohammed—evidently out of cultural sensitivity to those who Comedy Central executives fear might, I dunno, key their cars? Write angry emails?

Or maybe there really is something to this jihadist threat after all, for all the time spent by other Comedy Central shows and personalities ironizing the threat away with a lot of wink-wink talk about duct tape and plastic sheeting and color-coded warnings and cowardly soccer moms.

Jesus taking a dump? Not a problem for Comedy Central. After all, Comedy Central execs realize that poking Christians with a stick—while it might raise a bit of controversy and bring in higher ratings—is not much different than, say, burning Steven Hawking with a cigarette: sure, he might not like it, but it ain’t like the dude’s going to hop up out of his chair, chase down a shrieking Jon Stewart, and lop off his head with a scimitar.

2 comments:

Pietr said...

Khomeni Central is quite at liberty to refuse to show such images.
To show them would imply complicity in a movement to ridicule Islam, and this is no better than the President of Iran denying the Jewish Holocaust of the Third Reich.
Because that is freedom of speech too.

But if we have a bunch of terrorists threatening people with illegal force over the use of such freedoms, then it is a duty to allow the expression of these views.

It may be that Khomeni Central was acquiescing with cowardly subservients to threats, it may be that they considered the images a tasteless and unwarranted source of distress to the many peaceful Moslems in North America.

I just hope they are as sensitive about other groups; no mockery of the Royal Family, no mockery of Democrats, no mockery of Republicans.
In short, no nothing.

MapMaster said...

Of course, CC is free to do what it wants with its property without obligation to do the right or wrong thing, just as we are free to point out that it did do the wrong thing.

I just hope they are as sensitive about other groups; no mockery of the Royal Family, no mockery of Democrats, no mockery of Republicans.
In short, no nothing.


Precisely the point the South Park creators made in the episode:

"You can't do what he wants just because he's the one threatening you with violence...

Yes, people can get hurt. That's how terrorism works. But if you give in to that, Doug, you're allowing terrorism to work...

Do the right thing, Mr. President...

If you don't show Mohammed, then you've made a distinction between what is OK to make fun of and what isn't. Either it's all OK or none of it is. Do the right thing."