New York — Producers of “South Park” said Thursday that Comedy Central removed a speech about intimidation and fear from their show after a radical Muslim group warned that they could be killed for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
It came during about 35 seconds of dialogue between the cartoon characters of Kyle, Jesus Christ and Santa Claus that was bleeped out.
“It wasn’t some meta-joke on our part,” producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone said. Comedy Central declined to comment.
Earlier this week, the radical group Revolution Muslim said on its website that “South Park” had insulted the prophet during last week’s episode by depicting him in a bear costume.
“Kyle’s customary final speech was about intimidation and fear,” Parker and Stone said. “It didn’t mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped. … We’ll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we’ll see what happens to it.”