“South Park” censorship
[CNN] PASADENA, California (Hollywood Reporter) — The creators of “South Park” lambasted Comedy Central Thursday for removing an episode that lampooned Scientology and Tom Cruise from the network’s repeat schedule and for blanking out the image of Muhammad during another episode.
“So there are two things we can’t do on Comedy Central: show Muhammad or Tom Cruise,” Trey Parker said during the MTV Networks portion of the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour.
UPDATE: [REUTERS] The Comedy Central network has decided that Scientology and movie star Tom Cruise are once again fair game for the cartoon satire of “South Park,” but the Prophet Mohammad remains off-limits — sometimes.
The Viacom Inc.-owned cable channel plans to air a repeat of a “South Park” episode from last fall lampooning the Church of Scientology and its movie star adherent on July 19, four months after canceling a rerun of the show.