In a followup to my previous post:
Isaac Hayes, chef no more: Isaac Hayes announced yesterday that he’s quitting his gig as the voice of Chef on “South Park” because he objects to the show’s religious 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, and at all times should be respected and honored. As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.” “South Park” co-creator Matt Stone says the split might have something to do with Hayes’ belonging to the Church of Scientology. “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,'” said Stone. “In 10 years and over 150 episodes of ‘South Park,’ Isaac never had a problem 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 sequitur. Of course we will release Isaac from his contract and we wish him well.” Stone’s partner Trey Parker said they’d actually put off making fun of Scientology out of respect for Hayes. But after Penn Jillette was reportedly banned from poking fun at the religion on his Showtime series “Bullshit,” they decided it was time, and last November aired “Trapped in the Closet,” in which one of the “South Park” kids became a Scientology savior and Tom Cruise got locked in a closet. “Finally, we just had to tell Isaac, ‘Dude, we totally love working with you, and this is nothing personal, it’s just we’re ‘South Park,’ and if we don’t do this, we’re belittling everything else we’ve ripped on,'” said Parker.
We wondered when the episode aired, um… MONTHS ago what Isaac Hayes had made of it, being a scientologist and all. Why did it take so long I wonder?
They freaky. I was raised by wild animals, er… brought up around a one-time offshoot of scientology, so I get reeeeeal twitchy around this stuff. *willies*