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Seattle Cartoonist: May 20 is 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day'

By Carolyn E. Price     Apr 24, 2010 in World
Seattle - Following the recent death threats to South Park creators regarding an episode that was to depict the Prophet Mohammed in a bear suit, a Seattle cartoonist has declared that May 20, 2010 becomes "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."
Molly Norris is a Seattle cartoonist (and, in her own words, she also "walks dogs") who has decided to fight back against what she sees as censorship by Comedy Central in the wake of death threats against two producers of the popular cartoon show, South Park. Norris is currently gathering cartoon images of the Prophet Mohammed on her Facebook page and has declared May 20, 2010 to be "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."
After being asked "Are you sure you want to do this Molly?" by Seattle radio announcer Dave Ross heard on KIRO News Talk 97.3FM:
Yeah, I want to water down the targets.
As a cartoonist I just felt so much passion about what had happened I wanted to kind of counter Comedy Central's message they sent about feeling afraid.
Digital Journalist Betty Kowall wrote about the threats brought against the producers of South Park earlier this week. Kowall reported that a radical muslim group had threatened Matt Stone and Trey Parker by sending what is been described a "gruesome picture" of murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh and telling them that they could "meet the same fate."
Prior to Comedy Central's recent altering of Southpark Episode #201, Stone and Parker were interviewed and were asked about how, in the past, nothing had been off-limits as far as discussing and depicting controversial topics and images. Parker, commenting on the Boing Boing video about the pre- and post-Danish incident regarding the Prophet Mohammed said:
It was before the Danish cartoon controversy so it's somehow is fine. And then after that, now that's the new normal. Like we lost. Do you know what I mean? Something that was OK is now not OK and that is just f*cked up.
Parker and Stone also released this statement regarding the alteration of South Park episode where references to the Prophet Mohammed were "bleeped" out:
In the 14 years we've been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn't stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn't some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle's customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn't mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We'll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we'll see what happens to it.
Norris is committed to this cause and, as a part of Citizens against Citizens Against Humor (CACAH), is asking other cartoon artists to submit not only drawings of the Prophet Mohammed, but of any religious figures, to be posted on May 20, 2010 as a part of CACAH.
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