After Muhammad Censorship, Conservatives Rally Behind South Park
The network was reportedly pressured by U.S.-based group Revolution Muslim, which said Stone and Parker “will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh.” This was a reference to a Dutch filmmaker who was killed in 2004 for making a film about the discrimination of women in Muslim societies. Now a number of conservatives are praising Parker and Stone for defying Hollywood conventions.
- It’s Time to Stand Up for Parker and Stone, writes Woody Hochswender at the conservative site Big Hollywood: “The Emmy-winning ‘South Park’ is a take-no-prisoners sort of show whose main characters Stan and Kyle (not to mention the inimitable, somewhat anti-Semitic Cartman) bravely tread where no newspaper commentator, Op-Ed columnist, cable news bloviator, or talk radio loudmouth will ever dare to go. They go, literally, where the sun don’t shine. Stone and Parker are — like Theo Van Gogh — free-speech fundamentalists. Are we going to allow courageous artists to go it alone? We can’t let the bullies win.”
- I’m With South Park, writes Jillian Bandes at Townhall: “Muslims consider any depictions of Muhammad to be blasphemous, so a bear-shaped, sexual depiction of him is clearly a little… edgy. But that doesn’t excuse the extremist U.S.-based Muslim group ‘Revolution Muslim’ from warning the creators of South Park the creators will die.”
- ‘Our Best Defense Against Sharia,’ praises Diana West at Townhall: “The creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, get it. They get the free-speech significance of the Danish Muhammad cartoons epitomized by Kurt Westergaard’s bomb-head Muhammad.” Other conservative sites expressing support include Classical Values and Polipundit.
- Hats Off to the Creators, cheers right-leaning moderate Ann Althouse: “I have no end of respect for Stone and Parker. What brilliant artists! What political heroes!”