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Friday, March 17, 2006

South Park under fire from Scientologists

--posted by Tony Garcia on 3/17/2006

Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef on South Park, quit the show because of how the show made fun of Scientology. It was a hilarious show and fell right in line with the way South Park has made fun of every other religion.

It seems the whole issue has flared up some more. Scientologists believe that their religion is not supposed to be made fun.
The battle between "South Park""South Park" creators Trey ParkerTrey Parker and Matt StoneMatt Stone and Scientology is escalating.

The dust-up gained steam last week when Isaac Hayes, a practicing Scientologist who has long been the voice of the character Chef, quit after objecting to a "South Park" episode called "Trapped in the Closet," which lampooned both the religion and Tom CruiseTom Cruise.

The skirmish continued this week, when Comedy CentralComedy Central abruptly pulled a repeat of that episode that was scheduled to air Wednesday evening. Showing instead was another memorable segseg which featured Hayes's character, called "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls."
That is ridiculous...they can make fun of Jews, Catholics, Mormons and anyone else, but they will not even allow the rerun of a show that makes fun of Scientology.
Blog reports pegged the mysterious episode switch to objections raised by Cruise, who, the reports stated, threatened to not promote "Mission: Impossible 3," the summer tentpole for ViacomViacom-owned Paramount.
While the "South Park" creators didn't directly comment on Comedy Central's decision to pull the episode, they issued an unusual statement to Daily Variety indicating the battle is not over.
Rumor is that Viacom (who owns Comedy Central) has issued a dictate prohibiting the South Park creators from commenting on either the departure of Hayes or the rescheduling of the rerun.

The following statement was signed: "Trey Parker and Matt Stone, servants of the dark lord Xenu."
"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!!"
I'm a bigger South Park fan now than I was (and that is saying something).

My prediction: You will hear the phrase, "Oh my God, they killed Chef."


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