South Park creators court fury after including Prophet Muhammad in no-holds-barred 200th episode
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 3:54 PM on 15th April 2010 The Daily Mail
The creators of the irreverent show have mixed some of the most litigious celebrities in showbusiness with one of the most incendiary topics of modern times.
In the anniversary episode, the stars of the show again poke fun at Hollywood star Tom Cruise, who teams up with a group of other celebrities parodied in the show - including Bono, Tiger Woods and Paris Hilton - to plot their revenge.
Controversy: The 200th episode of popular
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Cruise is set on 'harvesting' this supposed immunity to ridicule to prevent himself being parodied.
But a tug-of-war ensues between the celebrities and an association of redheaded children after the children in
A frustrated Cruise then recreates his infamous couch-jumping on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005 by angrily bouncing on a couch next to a cartoon of the talk show host.
The show also includes a fire-breathing robotic Godzilla version of Barbara Streisand - called Mecha-Streisand.
Outrage: Protesters climb over the gate at the Danish
But depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are seen as blasphemous and offensive by Muslims.
The issue came to the fore in 2005 and 2007 when European newspapers published cartoons featuring the religious leader.
The cartoonists behind the series of drawings faced death threats, the Danish embassy in
Danish newspapers apologised for reprinting the pictures earlier this year and members of an alleged plot to kill one of the cartoonists have appeared in court.