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Monday, March 13, 2021

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Spoofs needling Mormons, Jews and Muslims were okay. But pick on Scientologists, and Chef is outta there.

Normally, I’d reserve judgement on this sort of thing, until things were truly final. But from the rhetoric coming out, I’d say it’s pretty much final:

“This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology,” [“South Park” co-creator Trey] Stone told the Associated Press. “He has no problem — and he’s cashed plenty of checks — with our show making fun of Christians.”…

Past episodes of South Park have skewered Catholics, Jews and Mormons, among others. However, according to Stone, he and 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,” Stone told the Associated Press…

In January 2006, [Isaac] Hayes told the New York Daily News that he loved the “humor in it, the audacity of Matt and Trey.”

“Nobody is exempt from their humor,” he said. “They’re equal-opportunity offenders. Don’t be offended by it. If you take it too seriously, you have problems.”

It seems the silky-voiced crooner may have neglected to take his own advice.

It’s too bad “South Park” currently sucks, as most television shows tend to do so far into their runs. Maybe they can parody themselves over this mess. We can only guess: Are they going to find a new voice for Chef, or else somehow eliminate the character?

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/13/2006 09:28:13 PM
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  1. I don’t watch it regularly, but still think it’s quite good when I do.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see them reference this in the show. Make Chef look a little different, have someone completely different do the voice, but still refer to him as Chef. Something Darrin Stephens-esque where only the kids notice.

    Comment by David — 03/13/2006 @ 10:09:50 PM

  2. I was thinking along the same lines. Maybe make Chef white or Asian or something.

    I think the show jumped the shark ages ago. Too many faux-ironic endings, too few subtle touches; I can barely stand to watch five minutes of the show anymore.

    Comment by CT — 03/13/2006 @ 10:48:25 PM

  3. […] Isaac Hayes apparently can’t take a joke. Tom Cruise is, well, you know. […]

    Pingback by In Theory » Was Martin Lawrence not available? — 03/14/2006 @ 01:46:09 AM

  4. This is madness!! Hayes needs to chill out!!

    Comment by Sarah — 03/14/2006 @ 08:35:41 PM

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