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April 29, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonists Condemn Threats Of Violence Against Parker And Stone

imageSeventeen Pulitzer Prize winners have signed a petition condemning the the threats of violence by the group Revolution Muslim against South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker after the 201st episode of their television show depicted Muhammad. The threats brought up the murdered filmmaker Theo Van Gogh as a potential outcome for the successful comedy duo. The exploration into the depictions of Muhammad were inspired by a number of thigns, including the fate of artists like Van Gogh and 2006's Danish Cartoons Controversy.

The cartoonist who signed the petition are Nick Anderson, Tony Auth, Clay Bennett, Steve Benson, Matt Davies, Mark Fiore, Jack Higgins, David Horsey, Jim Morin, Mike Peters, Joel Pett, Michael Ramirez, Ben Sargent, Paul Szep, Ann Telnaes, Garry Trudeau and Signe Wilkinson. The petition can be read here.

Statements by some of the cartoonists indicate that an additional factor may have been Comedy Central's lack of support for the South Park duo and their work, eradicating any and all potential depictions of Muhammad from the television rotation and the web site's streaming video offerings.
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