The offending image: “South Park” characters surround a bear-suit-clad Muhammad in the 200th episode of the cable cartoon.
They’re no strangers to controversy after years of fine-tuning the art of contrarian cartooning, but “South Park” masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now the recipients of an ominous message posted on the Islamic website revolutionmuslim.com, accompanied by an image of murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh, warning of possible consequences of their typically cheeky depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in a recent episode of their show. —KA
The site says in an entry posted Thursday that the authors of the irreverent cable show, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, could wind up like Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. He was killed by a radical Islamist in 2004 after making a movie that featured a beaten, naked Muslim woman covered in writings from the Quran.
The post includes a photograph of van Gogh with a knife protruding from his chest.
“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show,” says the site, revolutionmuslim.com. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”