Monday, March 13, 2006

"Chef" Leaves South Park

This is hardly a surprise - Isaac Hayes is leaving the cast of "South Park" in the wake of its Scientology episode:


"South Park" co-creator Matt Stone responded sharply in an interview with The Associated Press Monday, saying, "This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem - and he's cashed plenty of checks - with our show making fun of Christians."

Last November, "South Park" targeted the Church of Scientology and its celebrity followers, including actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, in a top-rated episode called "Trapped in the Closet." In the episode, Stan, one of the show's four mischievous fourth graders, is hailed as a reluctant savior by Scientology leaders, while a cartoon Cruise locks himself in a closet and won't come out.

Stone told The AP he and co-creator Trey Parker "never heard a peep out of Isaac in any way until we did Scientology. He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin."

In the words of George Carlin, "Let's not have a double standard. One standard will do just fine." Over the years, the show has satirized Catholics, evangelical Christians, Jews, Buddhists, atheists, and probably other religious groups that immediately escape me. And Isaac Hayes leaves on "religious intolerance" grounds after the Scientology episode airs?

I'm sorry, but if he was suddenly offended by the episode that aired two weeks later and (not for the first time) poked a little tasteless fun at Catholicism, he would have said so.

MORE: Eric at Classical Values feels similarly.

Linked to Don Surber.

3 Comments:

Blogger DonSurber said...

Maybe he does not want the fallout falling on him

7:35 PM  
Blogger Bostonian Exile said...

Probably... It's just so ridiculously transparent. For such an ardent "civil rights advocate", he has never publicly had a problem with it over the last eight years.

Besides, his character didn't even appear in that episode.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Hayes might have been ordered to do what he did. The "Church" is known for its heavy-handedness in matters involving public opinion.

4:49 PM  

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