Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Cartoon Wars Are Over : We Lost

by Duncan Currie of the Weekley Standard

"EVER SINCE THOSE CARTOONS in Denmark, the rules have changed. Nobody shows an image of Muhammad anymore." When a character on the animated TV show South Park made that avowal a few weeks ago, he could easily have been speaking for media outlets across Europe and North America. This past winter's Cartoon Jihad occasioned far fewer robust defenses of press freedom than it did craven surrenders to the threats of radicals. Now, even South Park, Comedy Central's irreverent powerhouse, has felt the backlash.

Sometime in March, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker approached network executives with their idea for an episode satirizing the Danish cartoon spat. Could they depict the Muslim prophet Muhammad on screen? No way, came the immediate reply. True, Comedy Central had allowed South Park to broadcast a Muhammad character five years earlier, in the episode "Super Best Friends." But that episode debuted on July 4, 2001--just before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "A lot changed two months later," one source close to the show told me, explaining the network's decision. "It's a vastly different world that we live in right now." Yes: a world where terrorists apparently have veto power over American television the rest of the article.

We demand freedom of speech. We deserve this freedom be protected by our elected leaders. We've already been abandoned by the print and television media, let's regain the truths we hold to be self evident.

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Blogger LomaAlta said...

It is sad that we censor our speech out of fear of radical Muslim revenge. This kind of illustrated a general rule.

Dogooders, bullies, and activists only attack those who wont, becaust they are civilized, or cannot fight back. America, Britain, Bush, Christians, etc. are fair game. But not China, not Mohammad followersm not the French, because they fight back.

This illustrates that those screaming about free speech, equal rights, etc. don't really mean it. They only mean it when there is no possiblity of risk to themselves.

April 26, 2006  
Blogger kevin said...

In the Mohammed episode of South Park
one of the characters said;

"if we aren't willing to risk what we have now, then we just believe in free speech, but won't defend it."

We need this kind of logicfrom our leaders.

April 26, 2006  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Our leaders are running scared, for both career and safety reasons. In short, our leaders have been terrorized into submission to Muslim "sensitivities."

April 26, 2006  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Its unfathomable to me how for decades women have been fighting to censor pornography even when there were REAL rapes committed and taped and no one dared..but now they are running with their tails between their legs..makes me ill.

April 26, 2006  

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