March 14th, 2006

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Isaac Hayes - Shut Yo' Mouth!

(Ganked from LiquorDrums)

Isaac Hayes Quits South Park by Erin Carlson1

NEW YORK (AP) – Isaac Hayes has quit South Park, where he voices Chef, saying he can no longer stomach its take on religion. Hayes, who has played the ladies' man/school cook in the animated Comedy Central satire since 1997,2 said in a statement Monday that he feels 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," the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist3 said. "Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored," he continued.4 "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 responded sharply in an interview with The Associated Press Monday, 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."5

Last November, South Park targeted the Church of Scientology and its celebrity followers, including actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, in a top-rated episode called "Trapped in the Closet." In the episode, Stan, one of the show's four mischievous fourth graders, is hailed as a reluctant savior by Scientology leaders, while a cartoon Cruise locks himself in a closet and won't come out.6

Stone told The AP he and co-creator 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."5

1 That name is just way too close to "Eric Cartman", which is what I saw when I first opened that page.
2 I thought he'd already quit; when was the last time Chef sung anything or had any kind of major role on that show?
3 Chef is a Scientologist? Say it isn't so!
4 Even if that was true about religions, it still wouldn't apply to Scientology.
5 Way to cut through the BS there as usual, Matt.
6 Comedy gold, I tells ya!

For more information about Scientology: You Are A Fucking Moron.

EDIT: Metaquoted by Karl