Background

‘South Park’ Episode Altered After Muslim Group’s Warning
A New York Times report on the controversial 200th episode of the show involving the depiction of the prophet Mohammad as a bear.

Compilation of Memorable—Make that Controversial—Episodes of South Park
Here are the 15 most controversial moments in the history of South Park, according to this reviewer.

South Park: The Most Dangerous Show on Television?
Why South Park is paradoxically both the most revulsive and the most socio-politically acute comedy to hit the television screen.

South Park vs. Islamists
CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviews Ayaan Ali, who co-wrote the script for the documentary Submission, on the threat or warning directed at the creators of South Park.

South Park Online Home
The official website for the show, featuring trivia, fan information, a blog, and links to past episodes of the television comedy.

Critics

Muslims Warn South Park after Mohammed Joke
A U.S. Islamic website issues a statement that the creators of South Park may be putting their lives at risk for ridiculing the prophet.

Five Times ‘South Park’ Was More Offensive Than Charlie Hebdo
An article that points to episodes of the show that have been even more insensitive than the cartoons of the controversial French magazine.

Hayes Leaves ‘Bigoted’ South Park
Soul musician Isaac Hayes, one of the voices on South Park since its launch, ended his contract following an episode criticising Scientology, describing the show as bigoted and intolerant.

Virgin Mary Defiled on South Park
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights expressed its disapproval of the Bloody Mary episode of South Park for its obscene and vulgar representation of the Virgin and Pope.

Yelp Sues South Park for $10 Million over Latest Episode
The ratings site files for libel damages after being satirized by the animation show.

Champions

Matt Stone and Trey Parker on David Letterman
The creators of South Park promote their craft and edgy cartoon in this interview with the leading talk show host.

Is South Park too Offensive?
In this discussion on Debate.Org, those who thought the show was acceptable carry the day.

South Park: Progressive or Offensive?
While this author finds the show offensive, she argues that it deserves credit for tackling themes that lead to dialogue and help break down social barriers.

‘South Park’s’ Road Map to American Cultural Controversies Hits New Heights
The show earns kudos from this reviewer for fearlessly tackling topics as wide-ranging as terrorism, global warming, trans issues, steroids in sports, and gentrification.

How South Park Pokes Fun at Political Correctness without Being Dismissive
South Park, according to this article, has developed a unique approach that makes its outrageous lampoons difficult to contest even by those who oppose it.

Related Topics

Charlie Hebdo Shooting
Islamist gunmen kill 12 victims at the offices of a controversial French magazine with a reputation for satirizing the prophet Mohammad (video).

The Satanic Verses
An article on a controversial book criticizing the Islamic religion, resulting in calls for the death of its author.

Life of Brian: Birth, Blessings and Blasphemy
Background on the Monty Python comedic movie that was seen as an affront to Christianity by some and banned in several countries as a result.

On Sacrilege
A philosophical examination of the concepts of sacrilege, profanity, and desecration and how these actions violate the religious order.

The Virtue of Reverence
The Catholic Education Resource Center provides this explanation of reverence as an important virtue in religion and society.

Other

The Silencing of Theo van Gogh
The life and career of the Dutch filmmaker who paid the ultimate price for his outspoken criticism and parody of the Islamic religion.

Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Criticism of Islam Angers Western Liberals
One of the leading critics of Islam has blamed her former religion for oppressing women and fostering violence.

How ‘South Park’ Perfectly Captures Our Era of Outrage
This opinion piece suggests that for all the moral outrage the comedy evokes, it does a great job satirizing the outrageous socio-political times America is experiencing.

Communitarianism
An overview of the political and social philosophy that seeks to counteract the excesses of liberalism and individualism.

God Mocks
A book that chronicles the history of religious satire, from the Biblical prophets to comedians such as Stephen Colbert.