Talkin' trash to the garbage around me.

15 March, 2006

Who isn't a fucking Scientologist these days?

I had no idea Isaac "Chef" Hayes was a Scientologist:
But the singer, previously best known for the soundtrack to the 1971 movie Shaft, drew the line at an episode in which a central character, Stan, is hailed as the successor to L Ron Hubbard, who started the cult in 1952. The episode was pulled in the UK [wobs notes: it was pulled thanks to the efforts of world-class douchebag Tom Cruise]. "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," Mr Hayes said in a statement. "As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."

"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 Matt Stone, who created the series with Trey Parker. "In 10 years and more than 150 episodes 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."
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's fuck-you brand of libertarianism can grate on me at times, but they've got a point - Isaac Hayes never had a problem cashing a check from disrespecting someone else's beliefs and practices.

Besides, Scientologists really do seem to be a bit batty.

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