Editorial

HBO Max Cuts 5 ‘South Park’ Episodes That Feature The Prophet Muhammad

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief
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Several “South Park” episodes aren’t available on HBO Max because they feature the Prophet Muhammad.

According to Deadline, five episodes won’t be available on HBO’s new streaming service because of their depiction of the Islamic leader. (REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Ends With The Possible Deaths Of Multiple Characters)

The episodes date back to season five and as late as season 14. “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have faced threats for depicting Muhammad, which is banned in the Islamic religion and has led to violence in the past.

This is sad to see, but it’s not surprising. “South Park” is a comedy show, and it attacks all religions. It’s an equal opportunity offender.

That should be applauded, and it’s needed now more than ever. Yet, HBO apparently doesn’t have the courage to push the limits with the Comedy Central classic.

If the creators of “South Park” are willing to mock Islam like they do everything else, then they should be allowed to air the episodes.

The show has nonstop jokes about Jewish people and an entire episode mocking Mormons. How was that okay to stream but mocking Islam is banned?

It makes no sense that Cartman can say whatever he wants about Jewish people and dress as Hitler and that’s totally fine, but if you mock Islam, then HBO won’t air the episodes.

We’re in a bad place in 2020 when comedy is getting censored.