Monday, March 13, 2006

Chef quit his gig in South Park

Issac Hayes, the voice of Chef in South Park, has quit the show due to Trey Parker and Matt Stone's take on religion. He claims that a "line has been crossed."

"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," he continued. "As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."

Of course, by "religious beliefs" he means Scientolgy, by "people" he means stinking rich, guilt-manipulated celebrities and by "disrespects" he means the recent episode of the South Park that exposed viewers to Xenu, the extraterrestrial basis of his religion.

Co-creator Matt Stone responded by saying, "This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem -- and he's cashed plenty of checks -- with our show making fun of Christians." Stone went to say that he and Trey Parker "never heard a peep out of Isaac in any way until we did Scientology. He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin."

I sure would respect Issac Hayes decision a lot more if he didn't undermine his credibility by keeping quiet about episodes making from of Christians, Jews, Muslims and Mormans, but what do you expect from Hollywood. Plus, I haven't kept up with all the most recent episodes of South Park but I haven't seen Chef in quite some time. So really, this isn't a big loss for the show at all. In fact, it will probably make for a very entertaining episode very soon. I'll be looking forward to that!

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