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Chef Quits Over Scientology Jabs

from Sploid

Beloved cartoon character "Chef" is leaving the television comedy South Park because it mocks religions.

But the show's creators say that's a bunch of nonsense, and that Chef is only leaving the show because South Park recently tore apart Scientology, the space-alien money cult that has ensnared several popular entertainers.

In real life, Chef is 63-year-old soul singer Issac Hayes, who was popular in the 1970s for his Oscar-winning blacksploitation theme song, Shaft.

He's also a dedicated Scientologist.

"Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored," Hayes said today, according to the Associated Press. "As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."

But Hayes didn't seem to have a problem until the religion being destroyed by South Park was his own bizarre space-monster cult.

Matt Stone, who created the show with Trey Parker, says Hayes gladly went along with scripts that skewered all the popular religions practiced by billions of people, including Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Mormonism, Buddhism and Islam.

Scientology has about 100,000 followers and another half-million ex-Scientologists, according to Adherents.com.

Stone says he "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."

In fact, the South Park creators told GQ magazine this year that they had delayed parodying Scientology despite the incredible comedic possibilities - and they did it all for Hayes!

"To be honest, what kept us from [parodying Scientology] before was Isaac Hayes. We knew he is a Scientologist and he's an awesome guy. We were like, 'Let's just avoid that for now,'" Parker told GQ.

"Finally, we just had to tell Isaac, 'Dude, we totally love working with you and this is nothing personal, it's just we're South Park, and if we don't do this, we're belittling everything else we've ripped on.'"


Blogger gnome said...

It's sad isn't it? How religions turn great guys to fanatics ... Anyway Mr. Isaac Hayes was great in South Park, but so was the AMAZING scientology episode...

Great post. Great.

March 14, 2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

Thanks, but all I did was the headline. (I even stole the Doris pic - shhhh!)

South Park will survive. If they can survive the suicide of the woman who used to do ALL the female voices, they can survive the loss of one character who, let's be honest, was their (C-level) celebrity connection-gimmick when the show first aired. Now, Chef is just one of many. FLy back to Klaatu or wherever you Hubbards are from, Hayes!

Now losing Butters! That would kill the show.

March 14, 2006 5:59 PM  
Blogger gnome said...

Butters will be ok.Don't worry, Cartman is looking after him :)

March 15, 2006 7:16 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Oh, and don't forget about Kenny. They got rid of him (sort of, Cartman did drink him) for an entire season.

March 15, 2006 8:53 AM  
Blogger lesralack said...

Can anyone say hypocrite? LOL!!

March 15, 2006 10:57 AM  

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