The creators of “South Park” better watch their backs.
That’s what a radical Islamic group based in New York “warned” on their Web site, RevolutionMuslim.com, using violent imagery to express their unhappiness over the depiction of the Prophet Muhammed in a bear suit on the 200th episode of the long-running Comedy Central series.
The episode never actually depicts the Prophet Muhammed, but indicates him as a character wearing a bear suit.
“We have to warn Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker] that what they are doing is stupid,” a posting on the Web site stated on Tuesday, according to reports.
“They will probably end up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show,” it noted, referencing the Dutch filmmaker who was murdered in 2004 over a documentary he made that addressed violence against Muslim women.
“This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them,” the statement reportedly concluded.
The suggestion that the message, accompanied by violent imagery, was not meant as a “threat,” was echoed by the author of Islamic group’s Web site post.
“It’s not a threat,” Abu Talhah al Amrikee told Fox News, who noted that the show’s use of the religious figure could invite violence.
“They’re going to be basically on a list in the back of the minds of a large number of Muslims,” he said. “It’s just the reality.”
Despite claims that they did not seek to invite violence against Stone and Parker, the site also reportedly revealed where the “South Park” creators work, and included a sermon calling for punishments for blasphemy against the Muslim religion.