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Plate Interviewed for Article About South Park Censorship

Contact Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Posted April 30, 2010
Tags Brent Plate Hamilton In the News Religious Studies
S. Brent Plate, visiting associate professor of religious studies, was interviewed for the article “Censorship of 'South Park' triggers debate” in the Columbus Dispatch (4/29/10). The article describes how the creators of the cartoon "South Park" had recently received threats after depicting the Prophet Muhammed in a mascot-like bear costume and as Santa Claus.

According to the article, Revolution Muslim, a radical Muslim website, “said the show insulted the prophet and suggested that Parker and Stone could meet the same fate as Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker killed by a Muslim extremist in 2004.”

Plate commented, “It's remarkable how much power a small number of people can have in the Internet age. Two guys can create a website, say something in the name of Islam - and they are not by any means speaking in the name of Islam - and an enormous company ... will back down, which is just kind of amazing," he observed.

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