Monday, March 13, 2006
Scientologists have no sense of humor (part 874)
After voicing the character of Chef since 1997, Isaac Hayes has quit "South Park": "There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins."
Sure. Since day one the show has derived much of its humor from poking fun at Christians (Catholics, born agains, etc.), Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Hindus, Shintos, etc. Just a coincidence that Hayes - a Scientologist - pulls out after they do an episode about his "church"?
"South Park" co-creator Matt Stone: "This has nothing to do with intolerance and bigotry and everything to do with the fact that Isaac Hayes is a Scientologist and that we recently featured Scientology in an episode of 'South Park.' In ten years and over 150 episodes of 'South Park,' Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons and Jews. He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show. To bring the civil rights struggle into this is just a non-sequiter. Of course we will release Isaac from his contract and we wish him well."
In a classic F.U., Comedy Central is running said episode this Wednesday night. I'm going to miss his chocolate salty balls.