Earlier this week, everyone’s favorite eternal teenage antagonists, South Park, spat in the face of Islamic religious law by depicting the Prophet Muhammad… in a bear costume. Comedy Central went weak and censored the episode with bleeps and image blocks after threats from a Muslim group calling itself Revolution Muslim, who wound up pissed anyway and threatened to murder the show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Then, the Iinternet fought back and now, Revolution Muslim is down (but viewable in cached form here). But before it went down, it was hacked and redirected to Revolution Islam, which was doubtlessly way more infuriating than South Park‘s original offense. In a jihad against the Internet, the irreverent win. And one Seattle cartoonist is leading the charge with the forthcoming “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!”
Revolution Muslim claims their site is down due to the traffic spike brought on my international media coverage, but if you got through yesterday, you probably saw this:
Any good money would be on 4chan, the fuck-all prankster Blackwater of the Internet, for executing such a quick and effective hacking. But with someone super ballsy leading the way, the Internet is out in full force against these touchy Muslim extremists. They threaten violence, they get back silly Photoshops. And on May 20th, “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!”
Created by Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris, it’s all about coming together (online, of course) to fight the fear. “As a cartoonist I just felt so much passion about what had happened I wanted to kind of counter Comedy Central’s message they sent about feeling afraid,” said Norris. So stand tall for free speech and flex those MS Paint muscles. We anxiously await the art to come.