Yesterday, we shared with you a video featuring local bad boys made good Matt Stone and Trey Parker talking about their depiction of the prophet Mohammad in a two-part episode of South Park -- a gag that earned them attacks on a radical website that some observers interpreted as death threats.
At the time, Stone and Parker hadn't commented on the controversy. But they've now posted a statement on their website, SouthParkStudios.com, and it's got no back-down in it. Indeed, the statement emphasizes that many of the bleeps heard in part two of the episode were put there by Comedy Central, South Park's broadcast home, not them. "It wasn't some sort of meta-joke on our part," they wrote.
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Read the entire statement below, and watch an Associated Press report featuring an interview with the web critic, who insists his words should be construed as a "prediction," not a threat.
A Statement from Matt and Trey
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.