Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Oh, NOW He's Had Enough?

Isaac Hayes has had enough. He's decided to quit South Park, on the grounds that the show has gone too far in their attacks on religion.

"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins," the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said.

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

You know, I like Isaac Hayes, but I have to wonder what exactly they've done now to cross the line, considering all the stuff they've done in previous years.

Are you telling me that you were perfectly fine with Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo, the infamous anti-Catholic episode, The Passion of the Jew, Jesus vs. Satan (where Satan wins!!), and a lot of others, but now they've croosed the line? What was so horrible that finally exhausted your patience? Creator of the show Matt Stone gives us the answer:

"South Park" co-creator Matt Stone responded sharply in an interview with The Associated Press Monday, saying, "This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem — and he's cashed plenty of checks — with our show making fun of Christians."

It certainly seems that way.

Look, South Park has been going after religion since episode one, and many times they've gone too far in my view. But at least they've been consistent. Apparently Isaac Hayes is only concerned when they go after his religion. Christianity and Judaism are fair game, but quasi-cultic religion Scientology is off limits. Nope, that doesn't wash.

Stone told The AP he and co-creator Trey 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."

The story via AP is here.

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