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14th March 2006 1:26  #1

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Chef Quits For Bigotry
From AOL Entertainment News:


Isaac Hayes Quits 'South Park' Over 'Bigotry'
Outspoken Scientologist Upset With Show's Depiction of Religion
By ERIN CARLSON, AP

NEW YORK (March 13) - 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, 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 Scientologist said.

"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."

"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."

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.

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."

14th March 2006 1:45  #2

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,465 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Wow, he's got every right in the world, but it sounds like Stone hit the nail right on the head. Personally I think satire has no limits, but people do.

For Christ's sake Hayes, one character's entire family is a walking Jew joke, and has been since the show's beginings. I'm wondering if his fellow Scientologists told him to quit, or if he came to the decision on his own. My guess is the former.

14th March 2006 2:50  #3

Tigerclaw Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 493 Send a message via MSN to Tigerclaw
On a lighter note, here's a site showing some pics of the upcoming Dead or Alive movie

14th March 2006 4:33  #4

GRZA Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 89
So basically its ok to make fun of every other religion and political view (not to mention the million other topics they've ripped on) and get paid to do it.  But when it hits too close to home and your belief gets trampled, it's wrong?  The hypocrisy is so thick its palpable.  It should either be ALL wrong, or ALL ok.

I think its ALL ok Happy

14th March 2006 7:13  #5

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Gabe Powers wrote: Wow, he's got every right in the world, but it sounds like Stone hit the nail right on the head. Personally I think satire has no limits, but people do.

For Christ's sake Hayes, one character's entire family is a walking Jew joke, and has been since the show's beginings. I'm wondering if his fellow Scientologists told him to quit, or if he came to the decision on his own. My guess is the former.
ditto - dare I say it but Scientology is a bit on the wild Shocked side Wink

14th March 2006 8:11  #6

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,465 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I can't wait to see how they write him out of the show...

14th March 2006 10:31  #7

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
He's hardly been in it for ages. Chef used to be a major character but the joke ran its course a long time ago. Perhaps they'll do it in a Ms. Crabtree style way and just kill him off as befits an ancillary character. Maybe he could choke on his chocolate salty balls?

Like Stone said, he had no problem with the show when they ripped the p**s out of Jews, Christians, Mormons or whatever. Scientologists are freaks, and that episode was bloody hilarious. I loved the way they had ‘This is what Scientologists actually believe’ written in big letters while doing the recap. Right up there with the Super Best Friends and the Joseph Smith episode – dumb de dumb dumb dumb!

14th March 2006 12:45  #8

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Chris wrote: Scientologists are freaks, and that episode was bloody hilarious.It was. One of my favorite South Park episodes, especially the whole Nicole Kidman bit.

14th March 2006 13:06  #9

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
'Tom, just come out of the closet. You're not fooling anyone.'

14th March 2006 13:09  #10

floyd dylan Banned Join Date: April 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 913
I bet L are Hubbard is p**sing himself laughing rather than spinning in his grave, at the south park episode.

What amazes me is how can a bunch of celebs/followers really believe that bunch of sci fi c**p.

He really did coin the phrase 'if you really want to make money start a religion'.

14th March 2006 15:42  #11

Dark Jedi Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: United States Posts: 220
If I were Stone and Parker, I'd send the character off with another scientology episode. Perhaps Chef could be abducted by aliens right in front of Cruise and Holmes who just happen to be passing through South Park. This would cause South Park to be a Mecca for the Scientology set. Then Chef's mother shows up offering a reward for the return of her boy which prompts Cartman to inlist the aid of Butters to find him. The whole thing comes to a head in a "Scooby Doo" style reveal when the boys find out that there were no aliens, it was just "Old Man Hubbard" trying to scare off everyone so he could turn South Park into a landfill. Everyone is happy then Stan turns to Barbrady and says "But where's Chef?" and Barbrady just shrugs and the credits roll.  (Copyright me are you listening Matt and Trey?)

14th March 2006 23:35  #12

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
hehehe..those nutty scientologists. I wonder at what point in the ritual ceremonies or whatever they call it you get the crazy gas?

15th March 2006 4:04  #13

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
I think Matt Stone statement says it all..  

16th March 2006 22:09  #14

Donnie_Darko Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 352
Hubbard even said Scientology is complete Bullsh!t.

17th March 2006 8:28  #15

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
As a huge fan of the show I hate to see him go. But I guarantee you this, the episode that they write him out in will be epic.

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