Days after it started airing the famous dark comedy show South Park, HBO Max announced removing several episodes; including two that portray the Islamic prophet Mohammad. The act drew mixed reactions online.
HBO Max will not include five banned South Park episodes, each of which include depictions of major religious figures. pic.twitter.com/KvXG73l5OD— IGN (@IGN) June 27, 2020
While many Muslim users welcomed the decision saying "it shows respect to their religion, which prohibits portrayal of scared figured" including their prophet, many other users expressed their disappointment, arguing that "this is not what the show stands for."
It’s extremely rude and destructive I used to like this show but no more— Aljulani@gmail.com (@Aljulanigmailc1) June 28, 2020
Episode 200 & 201 of south park are banned?— Syd ? (@SpxceSyd) June 21, 2020
I watched them like 5 years ago, i think they got banned because they showed The Prophet "Mohammad" wearing a bear suit.
that episode ridiculed every single thing, people, race, gender, sexuality, religion, EVERYTHING lmfao
The show that kicked off in 1997 had been well-known for touching on many sensitive issues and topics regarded as taboos or "red lines," including religions and races, which is why fans of South Park have voiced out their rejection of the streaming service's decision to take down the two controversial episodes.
HBO really not gonna show the south park episodes w Mohammad ??— danieL (@jusmedal) June 25, 2020
Don’t even bother having South Park on there, HBO. NOT what south park stands for
Episodes 200 and 201 of the show had faced strong backlash as they aired in 2010, as they touched on the Muslim angry reaction to cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammad. The two episodes were not aired in the US, the Netherlands nor Sweden.
Will they be removing episodes with Jesus in too then?— TheRawTweet (@RawTweet1337) June 25, 2020
HBO Max has also censored three other controversial episodes from different seasons, which fueled fans' reactions, who demanded the airing of the whole show.