Theories

Did South Park Lead to Times Square Bomb?

Police are leaving no stone unturned in their investigation into Saturday’s foiled Times Square attack. A popular if highly speculative theory that’s emerged, and that officials are looking into, is that Comedy Central’s South Park is to blame. Despite little evidence, proponents of this theory suggest that Islamic terrorists who threatened retribution after the controversial cartoon series depicted the prophet Muhammad in a manner they considered blasphemous may have attempted their revenge—and point to the fact that the explosive-packed SUV was parked near the headquarters for Viacom, which owns Comedy Central. One vocal proponent is Rep. Peter King of Long Island. “It could be one of a hundred possibilities that could be looked at, and this is a new one that’s been added on in the last several weeks,” said the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee. “You can’t rule anything out.”