Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The chef has left the canteen

Sad news from 'South Park'. Looks like all those digs at Scientology have pushed Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef since 1997 over the edge. He's handing in his apron.

We love Scientologist as much as the next cranky religion made up by the writer of bad sci-fi novels…wait that's not strictly true, but moving swiftly on. Hayes, as well as being dubbed the "soul man", is also a Scientologist and last straw was an episode that poked fun at Scientology cheerleader number one (also known as Tom Cruise) called 'Trapped in the Closet'.

 For those who haven't heard about it (you may not have seen it as the Paramount Comedy Channel pulled it from the UK – apparently Cruise control is litigious) it’s the one where Cruise gets stuck in a closet and is urged to by police "to come out of the closet". I have not one idea what they could possibly be referring to. All sounds like innocent fun to me.

Hayes, forever known as the Chef from now on says 'South Park' has gone beyond satire: "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. Religious beliefs are sacred to people."

Hasn't he seen 'Battlefield Earth'? Oh wait, no one saw that. Of course, his decision has nothing to do with bigotry. 'South Park' is democratic in its targets, sparing no one, which is part of its fun.

Matt Stone, who co-created 'South Park', had this to say: "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 10 years and over 150 episodes Isaac never had a problem making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons and Jews."

Watch Tom as he is urged to leave the closet. Posted by Picasa

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