But, it’s not fair!

Comedy Central recently presented their upcoming original cartoon shows to a panel of advertisers and one of the shows is about Jesus Christ. Good ol’ JC is on the verge of making it to the comedic tv-waves of America! The funniest part of this plan is not the show itself, it’s the response it is getting in the media. Recently, South Park was censored in order to prevent the image of Muhammad from airing, but now Comedy Central has given the green light to a show that is all about the Christian Prophet. To me, the bigger problem here isn’t the fact that Comedy Central is going to be airing a sketch about Jesus, it’s this comment from Kent Alterman, head of original programming, “In general, comedy in its purest form always makes some people uncomfortable.” If this is true, how come Muhammad was censored out? Yes it’s against Islamic Law to show his face, but last I checked we are not living under Islamic Law. Yes, it’s offensive to Muslims, but last I checked making Black jokes, Jewish jokes, etc. was offensive to millions of people, yet they are not censored. In fact, many shows center around making fun of the “Jewiness” (or South Park’s relentless Jewish jokes) or “Blackness” (South Park does Black too) of characters.

Some have argued, it’s not fair that Comedy Central is going to green light a show that could make fun of Jesus. At the least it will definitely distort the image Christians have made of Jesus for centuries. I cry not fair for a far different reason. It’s not fair that we get to see and watch Jesus get a comedic makeover, but can’t see the same thing happen to Muhammad. The reaction of Islamic radicals has hijacked the comedic liberty of this country. Jews, Blacks, Christians, Italians, Irish, Mexicans, etc. are all ok to make fun of, but don’t you dare cross the line and make a Muslim joke.

By the way, South Park aired an episode with Muhammad in it a number of years ago and it had a full depiction of the Prophet. Not much protest after that one, but since the Danish cartoon and the violent, radical and dare I say ridiculous response by pockets of the Muslim community, it is now blasphemy not only in Islam but in free speech to joke about Muhammad.

Here’s a South Park clip summing up my point in a more poignant fashion…

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4 responses to “But, it’s not fair!

  1. Even as a Muslim, particularly a recent convert, I agree with you, Bill and Graig, in making your point that it is not fair to poke fun at religious figures. Do not get me wrong; I love the Prophet and everything he has given to me in the form of a moral code and ideals to aspire to. I do, however, think it is ridiculous that other Muslims react the ways they do. In my opinion, it just gives more fuel to individuals who claim the religion is filled with a bunch of radical suicide bombers who are out to destroy the West. There are more constructive and effective means of defending your faith, particularly nonviolence in all forms and standing the moral high ground in your everyday life. My question to the ummah, why are we wasting our time and energies fighting this? We should be focusing on demonstrating the positive aspects of Islam, i.e. the 5 Pillars. Plus, my inner punk mentality says nothing is off limits for questioning and criticism. I do not want my religion to be filled with individuals who blindly accept things.

  2. Perhaps this particular censorship has more to do with a concern for a militant type reaction to the program/station/ producers/etc. than a concern for not offending a particular group. If this is the case, the censoring would possibly be of even more concern – a willingness to retreat in the name of fear.

  3. I think it’s sad/disturbing that some leaders need to use these ridiculous tactics to solidify their power…how about build a school or a playground LOSERS! Then people will obey you for the right reasons!

  4. MZ the groups you refer to do build schools and hospitals. Hamas and Hezbollah have obtained a majority of their tacit support base by providing social services to the community. While only a small portion take up arms in defense of Hamas or Hezbollah, their base has thousands of people because the groups provide social services that the State either doesn’t or refuses to provide.

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