Xenu Be Damned!!!
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Kyle: Do you have any idea how retarded that sounds?
Mr. Connelly: Is it any more retarded than the idea of God sending his son to die for our sins? Is it any more retarded than Buddha sitting beneath a tree for twenty years?
Stan: Yes. It's way more retarded.
A snippet of dialogue from South Park that may or may not be a reference to Scientology…)
Strange things are a foot in South Park. It started last season when they aired an episode called "Trapped in the Closet" that made fun of Tom Cruise and Scientology (which can be viewed here).
Then Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef and a Scientonologist) suddenly left the show citing the shows "growing insensitivity towards personal spiritual beliefs."
Then "Trapped" episode was scheduled to re-air on March 15, but at the last minute Comedy Central pulled the episode, amidst reports that Tom Cruise had leaned on Paramount Pictures (the studio owned by Viacom, which also owns Comedy Central and has the Cruise-starring "Mission: Impossible III" coming out this spring) to have the episode yanked from broadcast.
Most recently, South Park "killed" off Chef in "The Return of Chef" (clips of which can be viewed here), and issued the following statement regarding the "Trapped" episode being pulled off the air...
"So, Scientology, you have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for Earth has just begun. Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!!"
Now, why Hayes is suddenly offended by "spiritual insensitivity" (when he didn't mind them satirizing everyone else's spiritual beliefs) is anybody's guess. What cracks me up is, don't they realize that by getting upset at South Park, it's just going to make things worse? Trey Parker had even said in a recent Time Magazine interview that they've "...created a brand for ourselves, so that now people can't get mad at what we do, because then they're just making fun of themselves."
So by Isaac Hayes quitting and Tom Cruise being...well, being Tom Cruise, all they did was guarantee that ten times more people are going to download "Trapped" than would have ever considered watching it before, and there are going to be digs at Cruise and Scientologist on every other episode of South Park. They even started by having the "destroyed" Chef rebuilt ala Darth Vader.
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