Monday, March 20, 2006

Jesus vs. Satan vs. ... L. Ron Hubbard???

First, Issac Hayes quit his job as the voice of "Chef" on the cartoon South Park, citing his disgust with the producers of the show over the treatment of the pseudoreligion "Scientology" in a recent episode. Apparantly treating other religions harshly was not a problem for Hayes, who has been a cast member since the first season.


Then Comedy Central pulled the "offensive" episode from its schedule without comment. Rumors swirled speculating that Tom Cruise, Hayes's fellow L. Ron Hubtard and subject of the South Park episode in question, threatend to boycott promotion of his upcoming summer blockbuster, Mission: Impossible, part 37—Revenge of the Sith, produced by Comedy Central's parent company, Paramount.

South Park creators Matt Parker and Trey Cool relased the following statement: "So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! … You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail!"

Just in case you missed it, you can watch the entire episode here:

UPDATE: Apparantly, a friend of Hayes says that he has not quit the show and is taking it easy recovering from a stroke. No word on who issued the statement on Hayes's behalf regarding South Park's treatment of Scientology.


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