- Jun 8, 2009
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FOXNews.com - Islam Becomes Taboo Topic on TV in Wake of 'South Park' Threats and Times Square ScareIn the current, supercharged climate, it just isnt worth endangering the safety of an entire production staff or network by pursuing a storyline that Muslim extremists might find offensive, media executives and writers tell Fox411.com.
Aasif Mandvi, a self-described liberal Muslim and the senior Islamic correspondent for Comedy Centrals The Daily Show, said on air after the South Park threats that it would upset him to see the Prophet Muhammad depicted in a cartoon. But, he added: Heres whats more upsetting. Someone, in the name of a faith that I believe in, threatening another person for doing it.
But after the failed Times Square terror attack, "The Daily Show" asked Mandvi not to comment further on the matter, according to his spokesman. In fact, reps for the networks and television shows reached for comment on this article, including Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, FOX, NBC, and CBS, either failed to respond or asked to speak on background for fear of retribution.
And it isnt just comedians on fake newscasts who are being muzzled.
One writer for a scripted drama fold Fox411.com that in one of his show's final episodes, there had been a minor plot point involving a Muslim extremist. Last week it was removed and the script was rewritten, he said.
Random House canceled the 2008 publication of Sherry Jones The Jewel of Medina out of fear it would incite acts of violence, and last year Yale University decided remove all images of Muhammad from Jytte Klausen's book, The Cartoons that Shook the World, a book commenting on the Danish cartoon controversy that sparked violence in the Muslim world.
But religion in general hasnt become taboo -- just Islam.