Thursday, March 23, 2006The Plot Thickens
I missed South Park last night. Damn it, they did Chef in, and I missed it. They'll run it again, right?
The opening episode of the 10th series, screened in the US on Wednesday, appeared to be a satire on Scientology.
Hayes, a Scientologist, quit the animated comedy after a different episode ridiculed the religion.
In the new show, Chef is brainwashed by the "Super Adventure Club" - thought to be a veiled reference to Scientology.
The other characters are angry at "that fruity little club for scrambling his brains".
Chef arrives after travelling the world with the Super Adventure Club and repeatedly tells the children he wants to "make sweet love" to them.
The children take him to a psychiatrist and then a strip club, where he remembers his love for women and is cured.
But he is brainwashed by the Super Adventure Club again - before falling off a bridge and being burned, stabbed and mauled by a lion and a grizzly bear.
Serves Hayes right for being a hypocrite. But, wait... is he?
AV Club: They did just do an episode that made fun of your religion, Scientology. Did that bother you?
Hayes: Well, I talked to Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker] about that. They didn't let me know until it was done. I said, 'Guys, you have it all wrong. We're not like that. I know that's your thing, but get your information correct, because somebody might believe that [expletive], you know?' But I understand what they're doing. I told them to take a couple of Scientology courses and understand what we do. [Laughs.]
That interview is dated January 4 of this year. So, within the last three months, Hayes didn't seem to feel too offended. Now he is. What happened to change his mind in the interim?
A stroke, perhaps?
A couple of weeks after that interview was published, Hayes was admitted to the hospital with "exhaustion," which it's now thought may have actually been a mild stroke. The condemnation of the episode, then, falls in the midst of what some are claiming is his rehabilitation. The upshot of all this, then, is that perhaps it wasn't Hayes who made the statement, and perhaps it isn't Hayes who has a problem with the episode.
But, who else would care about a little Scientology-directed satire?