I guess when you’re busy battling Thetans you don’t have time for a sense of humor.
‘Twould seem that Isaac Hayes is leaving, or rather his voice is leaving South Park. After happily voicing the Chef character in episodes that belittle Christians, Mormons, Muslims and Jews, Hayes plays his “civil-rights card” (what might be in this case a “get-out-of-logic free card”) and asks to be released from his South Park contract because of the show’s religious insensitivity. (Who knew?) Now this wouldn’t happen to have anything to do with the South Park episode that poked fun at Scientology, would it?
“This has nothing to do with intolerance and bigotry and everything to do with the fact that Isaac Hayes is a Scientologist and that we recently featured Scientology in an episode of ‘South Park,’ ” Matt Stone said. “In 10 years and over 150 episodes of ‘South Park,’ Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons and Jews. He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show. To bring the civil-rights struggle into this is just a non sequitur. Of course we will release Isaac from his contract and we wish him well.”
Show co-creator Trey Parker stated in the same article that SP had never gone after Scientology out of fear respect for Mr. Hayes. But they eventually had to tell Mr. Hayes that if they didn’t do a Scientology parody their reputations would be hurt,
“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.”
Apparently there is no truth to the rumor that Isaac’s voice will be joining the cast of that religiously tolerant show, Family Guy.
Parker and Stone hope to convince TD Jakes to become the new voice of Chef.
For more information on what seems to be rather a humor-free religion, check out the Rolling Stone article Inside Scientology – an article Tom, John, Kirstie and Isaac were probably all upset about. Although Tom is capable of some laugh inducing stunts.