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Creator: 'Achmed the Dead Terrorist' Not Muslim...(who said muslims are terrorists?)

Funnyman ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is fuming after a ringtone advertisement based on his popular comedy skit, "Achmed the Dead Terrorist," was scrubbed from South African TV because it mocks Islam.

The ringtone was taken from a puppet routine performed by Dunham, a native Texan, in a TV special on Comedy Central. A 10-minute clip of the comedian's routine that was posted on YouTube has been viewed more than 66 million times since April.

Click here to see video of Dunham's act with Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

But the government of South Africa doesn't think it's funny. According to iafrica.com, South Africa's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that a GloMobile ringtone commercial featuring Dunham and his puppet was offensive to Muslims.

The commercial depicts Dunham holding his skeletal puppet, Achmed, dressed with a white cloth around his head and demanding that the audience keep quiet, uttering, "Silence! I will kill you!"

ASA officials said a South African man, Moegamat Khan, had filed a complaint that the commercial was offensive to the Islamic religion and created an impression that all Muslims were terrorists.

And the ASA agreed. "To associate this divine inspiration to a terrorist is offensive to the people who believe in [Muhammad]," the authority ruled. Muslims make up 2 percent of South Africa's population.

But Dunham begs to differ. In a statement to FOXNews.com, he said: "Achmed makes it clear in my act that he is not Muslim, so I'm sorry the gentleman Khan didn't see my entire show.

"I've skewered whites, blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, gays, straights, rednecks, addicts, the elderly, and my wife. As a standup comic, it is my job to make the majority of people laugh, and I believe that comedy is the last true form of free speech."

Dunham — whose other puppets include Peanut, Bubba J and Walter, a grumpy retiree — said he has no plans to retire the controversial act.

The comedian said moves like this stymie the freedom to poke fun at any group.

"I truly believe that laughter can heal many wounds," Dunham said.

In a jibe at the South African complainant's name, he said: "I thought Khan was awesome in Star Trek."

"If it would help things," he added, "I'm considering renaming Achmed, 'Bill.'"

Click here to read more on this story from iafrica.com.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,431866,00.html


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  • Well, I find Islam offensive. Who do I complain to?

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  • Africa the shithole continent of the world.

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  • SILENCE!

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  • Silence...I kill you!

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  • Whoever banned this, has no sense of humor. This is such a brilliant act that it's worth buying just because...

    To any muslim who takes offence to this I wish to say:
    Screw you and the gay camel you rode in on.

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  • Not ALL Muslims, Just MOST muslims are terrorists.

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  • Christianity and its believers are persecuted and insulted by so called comedians and else where but we plod along helping those less fortunate maybe the fuckwits who abuse use see what we can do maybe we can make a better world but i doubt it

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  • WHAT??????? AFRICA HAS STANDARDS? RIIIIIGHT, BULL SHIT

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  • LISTEN ASS WIPES,IF SOMEONE EVEN ASKS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST ,IN MOST EUROPEAN COUNYTRIES,THEY ARE PROSECUTED AND PUT IN JAIL!!! WELL,SO MUCH FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH !!! ALSO IF SOMEONE MENTIONS THE CRIMES COMMITED BY THE ZIONISTS,THEY ARE CRUCIFIED AND THEIR LIVES are turned into hell!! SO much for freedom of speech!! I AM OK WITH ADDS INSULTING ISLAM AS LONG AS THEY ALLOW ADDS INSULTING JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY!! ACHMED MIGHT BE THE MOSLEM TERRORIST<BUT JOHN MCSAME IS THE JUDEOCH More..

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    • Caps locks are on.
      Too bad your lights aren't.

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    • Name a country overhere were i will be prosecuted if i have questions about the holocaust overhere because i cant find one. oh and LEARN HOW TO USE A KEYBOARD YOUR CAPOSLOCK IS STUCK.

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    • The braincell you should have been using to put sense into that post was apparently occupied with making sure CAPS was on.

      If you think this act is offensive... you are one or two cards short of a deck. Perhaps you're too "distracted" to see the humor. Why not try sending yourself to a concentration camp, to help rid yourself of the problem that is... You.

      (Unfortunately, all puns were intended... ;)

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    • well,i apologize for the CAPS!! MY LEFT HAND WAS BUSY MASSAGING MY NUTS!! NOW TELL US ABOUT MY COMMENT!!

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    • well in Denbmark (and sweeden and norway) you are welcome to aks about holocaust. ask about all you want, we got freedom of speech, and not the fake kind like the american politic correkt freedom of speech..... Fuck the world, The scandinavia rules.... And fuck islam, christ, budda and all other religion, its only leads to war....

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  • You guys never quite. :rolleyes:

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