Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Chef is Leaving South Park
Oh fuck... Isaac Hayes is hanging up Chef's apron at South Park. Hayes is blaming the program's "growing insensitivity towards personal spiritual beliefs" as the reason for quitting. But creator Matt Stone says: "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 where we parodied Tom Cruise.In 10 yrs 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." Creator Trey Parker said this: "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.' ... 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." Dammit, Hayes, they were making fun of Cruise --who has done more to damage Scientology than anyone else ever could. Who will run Chef's Luv Shack? Who will croon 'Put 'em in your mouth... my Chocolate Salty Balls'? Who will say "Hello children"? Chef... sniff sniff... you will be missed.