South Park "200/201" Original Cuts (Lost 2010 Episode Cuts)

A screenshot from "201", showing the censorship box on top of Muhammad.

"200" and "201" are two Season 14 episodes of South Park that were banned after their original airing. Both of them follow Tom Cruise and many other celebrities on the show teaming up to destroy South Park.

The celebrities want Muhammad's (The Prophet of Islam) "goo" because he is the only celebrity able to be shown without being made fun of. This seems like a small thing, but it caused series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to receive death threats from radical Muslim groups. Muhammad's image was shown in "200", which is considered blasphemous and offensive to Muslims.

In "200", the only censorship done was swearing. In "201", however, the following things were censored:

  • Major cursing
  • Any mention of Muhammad

These episodes also caused the banning of "Super Best Friends", which showed Muhammad in his uncensored form, originally with no controversy. Trey and Matt also have stated that the big thing they were focusing on was animating Mecca-Stressiand, not Muhammad.

At first, only one aspect of the uncut episode had surfaced. It was Kyle's speech, which, like the creators said, never mentions Muhammad once. You can find it here.

The transcript is below:

KYLE: That's because there is no goo, Mr. Cruise. You see, I learned something today. Throughout this whole ordeal, we've all wanted to show things that we weren't allowed to show, but it wasn't because of some magic goo. It was because of the magical power of threatening people with violence. That's obviously the only true power. If there's anything we've all learned, it's that terrorizing people works.

JESUS: That's right. Don't you see, gingers, if you don't want to be made fun of anymore, all you need are guns and bombs to get people to stop.

SANTA: That's right, friends. All you need to do is instill fear and be willing to hurt people and you can get whatever you want. The only true power is violence.

When the episode was originally aired, the entire speech after "I learned something today" was censored. Many viewers assumed this was a meta joke on the part of the creators. However, this has been repeatedly denied by Parker and Stone.

Although the censored episodes appear on the season 14 home video release, the uncut episode remains unreleased in any official form. It has never been re-run on Comedy Central. Additionally, it is not available on the South Park Studios website, due to Comedy Central's refusal to release the episode uncut.

However, in January 2014 a 4chan user noticed that the completely uncensored 201 episode was actually available on the South Park Studios servers, although inaccessible, and was able to be downloaded in high definition using rtmpdump. This copy was then leaked to the public and can now be found through various websites. Comedy Central has refused to acknowledge the leak nonetheless.



Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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As a longtime South Park fan, I wanted to add some notes.

The article here is, as of this revision, accurate, but I know on some other websites there is active confusion about the level of censorship depicted in the final product.

When every episode of South Park is produced at South Park Studios, two audio tracks are created before delivery to Comedy Central. Since around season 4, possibly earlier, there is an uncensored audio track produced, and a censored audio track is created in-house. For the last eight or so years (from 2008 on) they generally release the uncensored audio track online a few days after air, and include it on the finished DVD's in most cases. Occasionally lines are re-recorded, or shifted, and occasionally animation glitches are fixed.

(As a side note, unrelated to the main story, there is an exception for scenes where young children, such as Ike, swear. They are often not asked to read actual curses, but soundalikes, which are bleeped. Ike saying "Holy Shoe!" is bleeped so it sounds like "Holy shit!", in Season 13's 'Dead Celebrities', for example. Even uncensored audio tracks mostly preserve these bleeps.)

I make a point about audio tracks because there is a mis-perception among some casual viewers that the 'censored' box that appears around Muhammad in both episodes "200" and "201" was added by Comedy Central. No censorship of physical images occurred in the finished episode. The 'censored' box over Muhammad and Tom Cruise is a meta-joke on Matt Stone and Trey Parker's part, which is part of why the box occurs over the latter character, and disappears on cue, which is obviously unnecessary for Comedy Central censors. This has been indirectly confirmed by Matt and Trey on two occasions.

The numerous additional audio bleeps, as the article discusses, WERE added by Comedy Central, AFTER a censored audio track bleeping out uses of 'fuck' and 'shit', etc. was already delivered to Comedy Central in New York to air on Wednesday evening. These were the bleeps over the use of Muhammad's name and the final speech, delivered by Kyle, Jesus and Santa Claus.

Therefore, I find it important to note that the uncensored version of "200" was released and is legally available on the DVD, with the telltale sign that Mr. Garrison is NOT present during the final stand-off scene. (He was present in the original version, due to an animation error, and removed for the 'final' uncensored version.) Some people incorrectly believe this previous episode was also censored.

As is much more well-known, the uncensored version of "201" has never been released officially, and it's availability illegally is questionable. Before the leak of the final speech remarked above, a number of falsified uncensored scenes, transcripts and videos were released, primarily on torrent sites. I recall a very poor transcript of the alleged final speech that obviously doesn't match the one above. Another version appeared with dubbed audio and replacing bleeped mentions of 'Muhammad' to spliced mentions of the character's name in the previous episode, along with a dubbed speech. This was all pre-January 2014.

I have heard numerous rumors the full, uncensored version is available on torrent sites now as of January 2014, and I believe it, but I don't myself have the video. My attention was brought to the leak when audio appeared of the final speech, which I synced successfully to the video from the episode, matching the character mouth movements and confirming it's legitimacy, if Matt's unmistakable inflection in Kyle and Jesus' voices wasn't already an indication.

As another side note, it is reasonable to assume that an uncensored audio track exists for "Super Best Friends", as all episodes from season 4 forward have originally had uncensored audio tracks, though this is obviously unreleased. As of this writing, every episode has been re-rendered in high-definition with an uncensored audio track, but we do not know if a high-definition version of "Super Best Friends" currently exists.
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