Creative Destruction

April 13, 2006

Comedy Central will not air an image of Mohammed

Filed under: Ethics — Adam Gurri @ 8:44 pm

And here I thought I was being paranoid.

This isn't CNN or the New York times trying to posture as being respectable.  This is Comedy Central,  which will allow an animation of Jesus defacating all over the president, but won't allow a scene with Mohammed handing someone a football helmet.

Am I the only one who thinks this is rather ridiculous?  Well, I'm gonna put this little fella up whenever I hear about something like this.

 Mohammed

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10 Comments »

  1. Am I the only one who thinks this is rather ridiculous? Well, I’m gonna put this little fella up whenever I hear about something like this.

    Well, considering whole nations in the enlightened Europe are explicitly banning posting of this stuff (of course, Christianity can, and is, mocked frequently. I suppose you can insult someone who turns the other cheek, but when someone gets violent you need respect and sensitivity. Criminal.), and people are fired for making jokes tangentially related to the subject, my riducule meter is fed up and turned to despair.

    Still, seeing this makes me really glad I joined Creative Destruction.

    Comment by Tuomas — April 14, 2006 @ 12:47 am | Reply

  2. my riducule meter is fed up and turned to despair

    Yeah…

    stupid self-censoring cowards.

    Comment by Adam Gurri — April 14, 2006 @ 7:58 am | Reply

  3. There have been double standards at work in lots of areas for a long time. By threatening or actually indulging in violent response, the Islamic world (unfairly lumped together) has managed to carve out a hands-off excemption that causes countries and media outlets that otherwise practice free speech to self-censor. At the same time that it’s an appalling lack of courage and principle, it’s understandable that one wouldn’t want to antagonize an entity willing to declare jihad at the slightest provocation.

    Comment by Brutus — April 14, 2006 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  4. it’s understandable that one wouldn’t want to antagonize an entity willing to declare jihad at the slightest provocation.

    No it isn’t.

    Fight, die, or live in slavery. Those are the only options.

    Comment by bobhayes — April 14, 2006 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  5. I used the word understandable, not correct or admirable. I tend to agree with you that living in fear of reprisal isn’t really living, but I can understand why people choose to cave to pressure over the apparent alterantive.

    Comment by Brutus — April 14, 2006 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

  6. Gotcha. Sorry. Hair-trigger issue for me.

    Comment by bobhayes — April 14, 2006 @ 7:15 pm | Reply

  7. To really make a point tho, instead of just that one graphic, you should do that that offends each religion. And yes, do one that even would annoy us atheists. Truly show what free speech is all about. Dont’ just settle for offending one group.

    Comment by Angie — April 19, 2006 @ 2:06 am | Reply

  8. Angie, I believe that was the point of their inclusions of a derogatory portrayal of Jesus, one of many other figures mocked in South Park’s history.

    Comment by Robert — April 19, 2006 @ 2:50 am | Reply

  9. But I think that you shouldn’t have to do that, Angie; you should be able to offend any one at a given point without feeling like you’re being a bigot.

    Comment by Adam Gurri — April 19, 2006 @ 7:48 am | Reply

  10. I agree with Adam. Everyone draws their own fire at different points: Catholic priests, Jewish rabbis, Presbyterian ministers, Muslim clerics, etc. No reason to impose equal opportunity offense when one class or another is off the hot seat.

    Comment by Brutus — April 19, 2006 @ 10:38 am | Reply


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