Monday, March 20, 2006

Let the million year battle commence

"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun," is the message in an ad in Variety from 'South Park' creators after Comedy Central dropped the Tom Cruise hides in a closet episode.

It's tough being a cranky religion beloved of Hollywood types, but it looks like war. Tom Cruise is thought to have applied pressure to Comedy Central owners Paramount to pull the episode otherwise he would pull his services from promoting 'Mission Impossible 3', made by, er, Paramount.

None of this can be doing any good to Cruise's increasingly flaky persona. Besides if Cruise has nothing to hide why is he worried about the episode where his character hides in a closet. What doesn't Cruise like about the closet? Who knows?

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are really shaping up for the battle with the Scientologists, getting into character and everything. Scientology, of course, was dreamed up by L Ron Hubbard who wrote bad science fiction novels and whose followers are always offering passersby free personality tests.

"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," the pair add.

Instead of the offending closet episode, Comedy Central reran tribute episodes to the Chef, voiced by another Scientology Church member Isaac Hayes, who it was revealed was leaving the show last week over the episode.

Cruise's people are denying he had anything to do with getting the episode pulled. Well they would say that, wouldn't they?

Paramount on the other hand don't want anything to upset the cash cow that is 'Mission: Impossible'. The first two movies combined pulled in almost $1bn worldwide.

See what all the fuss is about and watch the closet episode here.

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