Comedy Central has rightfully been condemned for censoring “South Park” after extremists made implied threats due to the showing of the image of Muhammad. Yet, the network is now reportedly developing a whole animated series around Jesus Christ, who is also routinely shown on “South Park.”
The network announced “JC,” a half-hour show about Christ wanting to escape the shadow of his “powerful but apathetic father” and live a regular life in New York City.
Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s head of original programming, stated “In general, comedy in purist form always makes some people uncomfortable.” That is certainly true. The problem is the total lack of integrity and principles shown in the South Park controversy. Comedians do have free speech rights and do engage in a form of political speech. Comedy Central not only engaged in censorship but it is now conveying that it will only make fun of religions that do not threaten to retaliate.
The combination of the decisions will no doubt embolden radical Muslims to threaten other artists and that is not a bit funny.
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