Malaysia’s conservative Islamic party PAS has demanded an apology from the makers of the satirical US cartoon show South Park for its portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed. Its statement followed an April 14 episode of the animated show, where the Prophet was depicted wearing a bear mascot costume in order to avoid his image being shown. On Thursday, the American channel airing the show removed all references to the Prophet after a radical Muslim group threatened the show’s creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
“Even though they have added the audio bleeps, South Park’s producer and broadcaster should apologise to the Muslims as this is a sensitive issue,” said PAS Vice President Mahfuz Omar. New York-based Islamic group Revolution Muslim said the show’s creators could end up like Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, who was murdered by a Muslim extremist in Amsterdam in 2004. South Park follows the surreal and often profane adventures of four schoolchildren.