Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Will You Take Tom With You?

Isaac Hayes Quits South Park:

Isaac Hayes has quit "South Park," where he voices Chef, saying he can no longer stomach its take on religion.

"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."

It's hard to figure out if this is just Hayes being a cranky old man or just an old crank. I'm going with old krank, since Scientology trumps all reasonable expectations of typical behavior (See: Tom Cruise's crazy ass).

That quote from Matt Stone really nails it though: Mr. Hayes is just fine pissing all over other religions but oh no, we can't besmirch the name of L. Ron Hubbard and his holy Pyramid scam. Oh well. Guess it's back to obscurity for Isaac, where he can practice his kooky alien religion without having to be offended by the booming sound of the world snickering behind his back.


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