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After the creators of "South Park" had their lives threatened for showing someone who might have been Mohammed completely hidden inside a goofy bear costume, a Seattle artist tried to show support for them by making a cartoon about "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," to take place on May 20th.
The point of her cartoon was that artists could draw anything (like, say, a cup of coffee or a box of pasta with a smiley face) and still be accused of blasphemy even if the picture looked nothing like Mohammed.
The idea for "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" really caught on...which is why the artist quickly changed her tune to "I was only kidding! Don't draw any pictures! Really!" and started wearing high-neck, chainmail collars.
Meanwhile, this raises the dicey question of what kind of pictures and cartoons can be safely published, if Mohammed's likeness (and thereby the offense) is all in the eye and mind of the beholder? Can there be any safe pictures of anything? Can we still tell jokes about the Sultan of Jiffy Pop?
And is there still Freedom of Speech when people become too scared to use it?