Lindgren interviewed South Park Executive Producer Anne Garefino, who told him that the South Park team basically had two options:
[D]eliver the episode as written and animated with Mohammed shown and then allow Comedy Central to censor it, or edit out the disputed scene and write their own language explaining why Mohammed was not being shown and whose decision it was. “We wanted everyone to understand how strongly we felt about this,” said Garefino. Although the decision to omit Mohammed was not theirs, they wanted the language of the censorship disclosure to be their own.Comedy Cen
Along with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker (who are also Executive Producers of the show), Garefino was heavily involved in the negotiations with Comedy Central. She made clear that the reason for Comedy Central’s decision was “fear”: “We were happy that they didn’t try to claim that it was because of religious tolerance.”
The Washington Post noticed this:
Banned by Comedy Central from showing an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, the creators of "South Park" skewered their own network for hypocrisy in the cartoon's most recent episode.Believing that Christians (and Republicans, maybe?) pose no threat to their safety, Comedy Cen
The comedy - in an episode aired during Holy Week for Christians - instead featured an image of Jesus Christ defecating on President Bush and the American flag.
Also according to WaPo,
That first sentence should read, "A frequent critic of fun of any kind," as in, "There'll be no more fun of any kind." Bill Donohue is a fatuous ass who has to look in the mirror every day and realize how much he has in common with Islamist ayatollahs. The Cranky Insomniac has nothing more to say about him, except that he won't need to pack any sweaters for where he's Eventually going.
A frequent "South Park" critic, William Donohue of the anti-defamation group Catholic League, called on Parker and Stone to resign out of principle for being censored.
"The ultimate hypocrite is not Comedy Central _ that's their decision not to show the image of Muhammad or not _ it's Parker and Stone," he said. "Like little whores, they'll sit there and grab the bucks. They'll sit there and they'll whine and they'll take their shot at Jesus. That's their stock in trade."
You know what? You're on my list, too, Donohue.