There has been alot of controversy recently over the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims, so a Fox News host has decided that an even bigger and more professionally made production, South Park, should come under fire as well.
TODAY reports that Todd Starnes, host of FOX News Commentary and author of Dispatches from Bitter America, spoke on a panel at the Values Voter Summit in Washington this past weekend. The panel was about “Religious Hostility in America,” and South Park and it’s characters were on Starnes mind.
“We have seen the administration come out and say, ‘We condemn anyone who denigrates religious faith.’ And they come out in regards to this anti-Muslim film,” Starnes said. “Well, that’s well and good, but my question is: When has the administration condemned the anti-Christian films that are coming out of Hollywood? Where are the federal investigations into shows like ‘South Park,’ which has denigrated all faiths? Where is the outrage when people of the Christian faith are subjected to this humiliation that is coming out of Hollywood?”
South Park has gone toe-to-toe with religions and faiths of all kind, yet they have not seen much persecution or criticism. They have famously mocked Scientology in an episode where Stan is thought to be the reincarnation of Scientologist founder L. Ron Hubbard. They have also mocked Mormonism, Cartman is constantly making fun of Kyle for being a Jew, and Catholicism has been targeted by the show by referring back to child-molestation scandals involving priests.
South Park also portrayed Muhammad in its fifth season. The episode featured the “Super Best Friends”, a super-hero group that was led by Jesus. The “Super Best Friends” consisted of Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Moses, Joseph Smith, Krishna, Laozi, and an Aquaman parody called Sea Man.
This episode was initially aired on July 4, 2001 before the September 11th terrorist attacks, and there was hardly any controversy when Muhammad was portrayed. However, when the show tried to show a Muhammad character in 2010, Comedy Central altered the episode.
In fact, a Muslim man pleaded guilty to threatening the South Park creators over the 2010 episode and was sentenced to 11.5 years in prison.
Should South Park be criticized for religious blasphemy … or should it all just be looked at as all in good fun?