Tuesday, March 14, 2006All Hail Xenu
Isaac Hayes, it turns out, is a big diaperbaby who can't take a joke.
Soul singer Isaac Hayes has parted ways with the Comedy Central series "South Park," citing the series' "inappropriate ridicule of religious communities."
Hayes, who has voiced the character Chef since the series began in 1997, released a statement through his spokesman Monday requesting a release from his contract because he "is disappointed with what he perceives as a growing insensitivity toward personal spiritual beliefs."
In a rejoinder issued later in the day by Comedy Central, "Park" co-creator Matt Stone described Hayes as a disgruntled Scientologist unhappy with a recent episode lampooning the organization's religious beliefs.
"In 10 years and over 150 episodes of 'South Park,' Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons and Jews," Stone said in a statement in which he agreed to release Hayes from his contract. "He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show."
I think Matt Stone is absolutely right: the episode about Mormons, for instance, was a hell of a lot meaner than the episode about Scientologists, and I don't remember Hayes throwing his toys out of his crib over that. (Then again, Mormonism is a weird cult that believes ridiculous things -- but then again again, magical spectacles sound downright plausible next to believing that the space god Xenu is imprisoned in one of our volcanoes at this very moment.)
Bottom line for me: I've got no fucking patience or sympathy for offended Scientologists. Or Mormons. Or anyone who takes themselves too seriously. It's not as if the show hasn't attacked things that I strongly believe in once or twice, but any cartoon that shows Martha Stewart stuffing a whole, greased turkey up her ass is a cartoon that you're going to have to watch on its own terms. I, for one, look forward to watching Chef's horrific demise on a future episode. My bet: something involving Chef, a weird culty-celebrity religion, and Xenu's ass. I also predict that it will be the most eyelash-curlingly cruel episode ever. I'm looking forward to it already. |