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Isaac Hayes quits 'South Park'

Discussion in '2006 Archive' started by Ben W, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Ben W

    Ben W New Member

    Sep 16, 2002
    By Erin Carlson, Associated Press Writer  |  March 13, 2006

    NEW YORK --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."

  2. tragic_pizza

    tragic_pizza New Member

    Oct 30, 2001
    There's the most telling part of all of this.
  3. StefanM

    StefanM Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2004
    TP, I agree. Hayes is a hypocrite.
  4. Scarlett O.

    Scarlett O. Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2002
    It's not just Christians that have been specifically targeted either.

    It's Jews, too.

    I can't understand his "sudden" inability to stomach an attack on people's religious beliefs.

    It is hypocritical.

    The show is most foul, any way you look at it.
  5. UnchartedSpirit

    UnchartedSpirit New Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    you haven't seen Family Guy yet, but it is bad enough this came into existence