NEW YORK — A radical Muslim group has warned the creators of "SouthPark" that they could face violent retribution for depicting theprophet Muhammad in a bear suit during last week's episode.
Thewebsite RevolutionMuslim.com has since been taken down, but a cachedversion shows the message to "South Park" creators Trey Parker and MattStone. The article's author, Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, said the men"outright insulted" the religious leader.
The posting showed agruesome picture of Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was shot andstabbed to death in an Amsterdam street in 2004 by a fanatic angered byhis film about Muslim women. The film was written by a Muslim woman whorejected the Prophet Muhammad as a guide for today's morality.
"Wehave to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and theywill probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show,"Al-Amrikee wrote. "This is not a threat, but a warning of the realityof what will likely happen to them."
The posting listed theaddresses of Comedy Central's New York office and Parker and Stone'sCalifornia production office. It also linked to a Huffington Postarticle that described a Colorado retreat owned by the two men.
CNN,which first reported the posting, said the New York-based website isknown for postings in support of jihad, or holy war, against the Westand Osama bin Laden.
Al-Amrikee told The Associated Press thatthe posting was made to raise awareness of the issue and to see that itdoes not happen again. Asked if Parker and Stone should feel threatenedby it, he said "they should feel threatened by what they did."
Hesaid he was disappointed that publicity about the posting focused moreon the potential danger to the producers but admitted, "I couldshoulder some blame" for it.
He said he "can't answer that legally" when asked if his group favored jihad. But he praised bin Laden.
"We look up to him and admire him for the sacrifices he has given for the religion," he said.