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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

No more Chef

Isaac Hayes is leaving South Park because it disrespected his religion, Scientology, in one of their episodes. Or at least the man who cooks up Chef's voice is. On Monday, Isaac Hayes — who's provided the booming baritone for "South Park" 's cafeteria employee and resident ladies' man since the show began in 1997 — released a statement announcing his desire to be released from his contract with "South Park," blaming the program's "growing insensitivity towards personal spiritual beliefs." "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," Hayes wrote in the statement. "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." Oh really... A spokesperson for Hayes confirmed to MTV News that the soul legend is a Scientologist but would not elaborate on whether or not the "Trapped in the Closet" episode had any impact on his decision to leave. However, according to one of the show's creators, that's exactly what happened. "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,' " Matt Stone said. "In 10 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 sequitur. Of course we will release Isaac from his contract and we wish him well." In a GQ interview earlier this year, Stone's partner, Trey Parker, said, "To be honest, what kept us from [parodying Scientology] before was Isaac Hayes. We knew he is a Scientologist and he's an awesome guy. We were like, 'Let's just avoid that for now.' ... 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.' " True that. Plus, of all the religions out there, if there is one we should all make fun of, it should be scientology. Seriously! Those Xemu planet-worshipping people are freaky!


At 3/14/2006 01:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually if you want proof that Scientologists should not be allowed out without adult supervision then I give you "Battlefield Earth" but just in case I'm sure that SETI is actually trying to contact the spaceship hidden behind the asteroid before it reaches Earth. Anytime I feel down I google scientology, always good for a laugh. BW48.

At 3/14/2006 08:15:00 AM, Blogger Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

Several SF writers I know have confirmed the story of Hubbard coming up with 'Dianetics' the predecessor to 'Scientology' on a bet with John W Campbell (the greatest editor in Science Fiction, but someone with a 'woo-woo' side as well).

At 3/14/2006 08:28:00 AM, Blogger elengil said...


Whatever happened to thick skins?!?

At 3/14/2006 08:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the "anyone but....." from

the "Now they have a theme song?"-thread

isn't limited to one religion.

Scandinavian person

At 3/14/2006 10:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

South Park insults everyone equally. What's the issue?


At 3/15/2006 04:29:00 PM, Blogger freefalla said...

Dude, I agree with Chef. That is total bullshit, let's start a boycott of south park... Just imagine it, we can burn cartman dolls in the streets... I bet those dirty Dutch are behind this...

Some people...

At 3/23/2006 08:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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