The king of all animated television shows, "The Simpsons," is supporting its cartoon brethren "South Park" in its censorship controversy with Comedy Central. During the opening of Sunday night's show, the traditional Bart Simpson blackboard sketch said, "South Park-We'd stand beside you if we weren't so scared."
This is referring to Comedy Central's decision to bleep out all references to the Muslim prophet Muhammad during a "South Park" episode last week. The network made the decision after a Muslim group threatened show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker with death if they depicted Muhammad.
Stone and Parker released a statement about Comedy Central's actions:
"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."