Monday, March 13, 2006

That is crossing the line?

It seems as though we will have to say goodbye to Chef:
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.
I'm a little confused. Hayes decries South Park for mocking religion, but the show spoofed Scientology. What does Scientology have to do with religion?

I don't recall Mr. Hayes making a stink when the show mocked Mormons. Or Catholics. Or Jews. Or just about any other religion. As usual, Matt Stone cuts through the bullshit.
"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."


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