April 22nd, 2010
05:05 PM ET
CNN Entertainment/"Showbiz Tonight" received the following statement from Anne Garefino, Executive Producer of “South Park," about the controversy over the bleeping of their show:
On behalf of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Creators of “South Park”: Regarding Comedy Central’s decision to bleep portions of Wednesday night’s episode:
"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."
As we noted in an earlier blog entry, on Wednesday, the conclusion of the two-part story involving the Prophet Mohammed was shown with a number of audio spots covered by bleeps and images hidden by a block reading "CENSORED."
"Comedy Central was responsible for the bleeps and not showing Mohammed in last night’s episode," a spokesperson for the network told CNN.
The April 14 episode had attracted protest from an Islamic group, Revolution Muslim. The group posted an entry on its website that included a warning to Parker and Stone.
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