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Wigglytuff
Mar 13th, 2006, 10:31 PM
Isaac Hayes Quits 'South Park'
By ERIN CARLSON, Associated Press Writer 21 minutes ago
NEW YORK - Isaac Hayes has quit "South Park," where he voices Chef, saying he can no longer stomach its take on religion.

Hayes, who has played the ladies' man/school cook in the animated Comedy Central satire since 1997, said in a statement Monday that he feels a line has been crossed.

"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."

"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."

Last November, "South Park" targeted the Church of Scientology and its celebrity followers, including actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, in a top-rated episode called "Trapped in the Closet." In the episode, Stan, one of the show's four mischievous fourth graders, is hailed as a reluctant savior by Scientology leaders, while a cartoon Cruise locks himself in a closet and won't come out.

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."

Blonde_Ambition7
Mar 13th, 2006, 10:35 PM
so is Isaac Hayes a Scientologist?

Josh B.
Mar 13th, 2006, 10:36 PM
CHEF :sad:
His regular line


hey children hows it going?
Bad!
Why Bad?

Wigglytuff
Mar 13th, 2006, 10:57 PM
so is Isaac Hayes a Scientologist?
looks like it.

i think that complaining about offensiveness after 10 years with south park is lame...

Scotso
Mar 13th, 2006, 11:16 PM
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."

Very true. Scientology is very much like that.

The guy has done the show for years. To act morally superior now is a big joke.

Rtael
Mar 13th, 2006, 11:31 PM
:yawn: Liked him before, now no more.

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 13th, 2006, 11:40 PM
It took him nearly 10 years to notice this ? :lol: Chef :wavey: ...time to bring in a new character. Just like when Cheers replaced Shelly Long with Kirstey Alley...this show will survive and be revived ... :wavey:

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 14th, 2006, 12:30 AM
In an interview with the Associated Press, "South Park" co-creator Matt Stone said he and partner 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."

VERY WELL SAID! :worship:

Rocketta
Mar 14th, 2006, 12:58 AM
yeah that's kind of foul.....I mean you were on the show forever and now it's getting to your conscious? :lol:

Ok, what-eva...I'm thinking someone's contract may be up and wants to do a little negotiating tactics to up the ante. :shrug:

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 14th, 2006, 01:11 AM
yeah that's kind of foul.....I mean you were on the show forever and now it's getting to your conscious? :lol:

Ok, what-eva...I'm thinking someone's contract may be up and wants to do a little negotiating tactics to up the ante. :shrug:

i think MR T is free ;)

Dawn Marie
Mar 14th, 2006, 01:18 AM
This is a super funny ass thread. Bullshit!! if Hayes felt this strongly about this issue he NEVER would have began the show to begin with. The show satires more than just religion anyways.

Rocketta
Mar 14th, 2006, 01:22 AM
This is a super funny ass thread. Bullshit!! if Hayes felt this strongly about this issue he NEVER would have began the show to begin with. The show satires more than just religion anyways.

I mean of course there is a possibility he wasn't religious when he started and has now just found his 'religion'. Which if true is a great thing but there isn't nothing more sanctimonious than a 'born again' christian....so maybe it's the same with other religions too? :lol:

Scotso
Mar 14th, 2006, 01:41 AM
People do tend to find Scientology once they hit the big bucks.

Dawn Marie
Mar 14th, 2006, 03:25 AM
I mean of course there is a possibility he wasn't religious when he started and has now just found his 'religion'. Which if true is a great thing but there isn't nothing more sanctimonious than a 'born again' christian....so maybe it's the same with other religions too? :lol:

Yeah I agree.:lol: :lol:

Yet isn't being religious also being in tune with ones spirituality as well? I like to think so which brings up my point above. the show has been satring all kinds of human nature incidents and he didn't say one thing about anything else but religion. I love SOUTH PARK because it makes fun of those stupid Americans. I love that. :lol:

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 14th, 2006, 03:27 AM
People do tend to find Scientology once they hit the big bucks.

Or get bored with life. :tape:

Solitaire
Mar 14th, 2006, 03:29 AM
Ah no big loss Chef wasen't a big part of the show anyway. Where was he when they made fun of Jews,Christians,Gays etc etc Isaac Hayes = Hypocrite

hablo
Mar 14th, 2006, 03:49 AM
Ah no big loss Chef wasen't a big part of the show anyway. Where was he when they made fun of Jews,Christians,Gays etc etc Isaac Hayes = Hypocrite
exactly.

Wigglytuff
Mar 14th, 2006, 03:54 AM
yeah that's kind of foul.....I mean you were on the show forever and now it's getting to your conscious? :lol:

Ok, what-eva...I'm thinking someone's contract may be up and wants to do a little negotiating tactics to up the ante. :shrug:
lol, yeah i think thats the only reason he can justify his insanity about this. how someone can voice a show where a fat racist cooks two dead people into a chilli and then feeds the dead people chilli to the dead peoples SON, can say 3 YEARS later that they have quit the show because its offensive is just plain crazy.... unless hayes hopes to get paid more by complaining now...

SelesFan70
Mar 14th, 2006, 03:56 AM
Embarassingly, I"ve never watched this show. I prefer my cartoon characters to be on Fox on Sunday night.. :shrug:

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 14th, 2006, 03:57 AM
Embarassingly, I"ve never watched this show. I prefer my cartoon characters to be on Fox on Sunday night.. :shrug:

FAMILY GUY! :worship:

Steam
Mar 14th, 2006, 06:07 AM
I think that he had to hear about it from his wonderful Church. He was on Opie & Anthony a few months or so (after the "Trapped in the Closet" episode) and said that you can't take Matt & Trey seriously. Something had to have happened.

Either way he looks like a douche. Not surprising considering his affiliation.

decemberlove
Mar 14th, 2006, 06:29 AM
I mean of course there is a possibility he wasn't religious when he started and has now just found his 'religion'. Which if true is a great thing but there isn't nothing more sanctimonious than a 'born again' christian....so maybe it's the same with other religions too? :lol:

Nah, he's been one for a while, I think. He always does their events.

Prizeidiot
Mar 14th, 2006, 08:16 AM
Nah, he's been one for a while, I think. He always does their events.
No excuses then.

South Park rips on EVERYTHING. Why Isaac Hayes would leave now because of its offesnsive nature beyond me. Clearly he's a hypocrite as has been mentioned by many posters before me.

Martian KC
Mar 14th, 2006, 01:15 PM
Lol. I hope they rag on Isaac next season.

Wigglytuff
Mar 14th, 2006, 05:08 PM
Lol. I hope they rag on Isaac next season.
oh they will!

Josh B.
Mar 14th, 2006, 05:47 PM
FAMILY GUY! :worship:

Freakin Sweeet! :lol:

SelesFan70
Mar 17th, 2006, 03:54 PM
Inside Move: 'South Park' feeling some celeb heat?
Cable net abruptly pulls repeat of Scientology episode

By MICHAEL FLEMING


A repeat of the Scientology episode of 'South Park' was pulled by Comedy Central.

The battle between "South Park""South Park" creators Trey ParkerTrey Parker and Matt StoneMatt Stone and Scientology is escalating.
The dust-up gained steam last week when Isaac Hayes, a practicing Scientologist who has long been the voice of the character Chef, quit after objecting to a "South Park" episode called "Trapped in the Closet," which lampooned both the religion and Tom Cruise.

The skirmish continued this week, when Comedy Central abruptly pulled a repeat of that episode that was scheduled to air Wednesday evening. Showing instead was another memorable segseg which featured Hayes's character, called "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls."

Blog reports pegged the mysterious episode switch to objections raised by Cruise, who, the reports stated, threatened to not promote "Mission: Impossible 3," the summer tentpole for ViacomViacom-owned Paramount.

A spokesman for Cruise denied that Cruise had ever made such a threat. "He never said any such thing about 'Mission: Impossible 3," the spokesman said.

While the "South Park" creators didn't directly comment on Comedy Central's decision to pull the episode, they issued an unusual statement to Daily Variety indicating the battle is not over.

"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!!"

The duo signed the statement "Trey Parker and Matt Stone, servants of the dark lord Xenu."

http://www.variety.com/VR1117939918.html

:tape:

Wigglytuff
Mar 17th, 2006, 04:47 PM
go marr and trey!!!!!

SelesFan70
Mar 17th, 2006, 05:57 PM
go marr and trey!!!!!

:banana:

griffin
Mar 17th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Holy shit, I can't believe CC caved like that :(

Wait, yes I can :rolleyes:

(jeeze, and people complain about Hollywood's "gay mafia" )

Scotso
Mar 17th, 2006, 06:27 PM
Wow, Scientology really has some power. It's about time the US Gov't went Waco on them, no?

SelesFan70
Mar 17th, 2006, 07:12 PM
Holy shit, I can't believe CC caved like that :(

Wait, yes I can :rolleyes:

(jeeze, and people complain about Hollywood's "gay mafia" )

Hollywood=hypocrites

SelesFan70
Mar 20th, 2006, 05:28 PM
Isaac Hayes' Quitting Controversy

Isaac Hayes did not quit "South Park." My sources say that someone quit it for him. :eek:

I can tell you that Hayes is in no position to have quit anything. Contrary to news reports, the great writer, singer and musician suffered a stroke on Jan. 17. At the time it was said that he was hospitalized and suffering from exhaustion.

It’s also absolutely ridiculous to think that Hayes, who loved playing Chef on "South Park," would suddenly turn against the show because they were poking fun at Scientology.

Last November, when the “Trapped in a Closet” episode of the comedy aired, I saw Hayes and spent time with him in Memphis for the annual Blues Ball.

If he hated the show so much, I doubt he would have performed his trademark hit song from the show, “Chocolate Salty Balls.” He tossed the song into the middle of one of his less salacious hits and got the whole audience in the Memphis Pyramid to sing along.

I can tell you, Hayes was very pleased with himself, was in a great mood and, as always, loved his fans' coming up to him and asking him about Chef.

As recently as early January, before his stroke, Hayes defended the "South Park" creators in an interview with “The AV Club,” the serious side of the satirical newspaper, The Onion.

AV Club: They did just do an episode that made fun of your religion, Scientology. Did that bother you?

Hayes: Well, I talked to Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker] about that. They didn't let me know until it was done. I said, 'Guys, you have it all wrong. We're not like that. I know that's your thing, but get your information correct, because somebody might believe that [expletive], you know?' But I understand what they're doing. I told them to take a couple of Scientology courses and understand what we do. [Laughs.]

The truth is, Hayes has a sly sense of humor and loves everything about "South Park." It’s provided him a much-needed income stream since losing the royalties to the many hits he’s written, such as “Shaft” and “Soul Man,” in the mid-1970s.

Even though he’s one of America’s most prolific hit writers, Hayes has been denied access to profits from his own material for almost 30 years.

But it’s hard to know anything since Hayes, like Katie Holmes, is constantly monitored by a Scientologist representative most of the time. :eek: :tape: Luckily, at the Blues Ball he was on his own, partying just with family and friends. He was very excited about having gotten married and about the impending birth of a new child. :eek:

Friends in Memphis tell me that Hayes did not issue any statements on his own about South Park. They are mystified.

“Isaac’s been concentrating on his recuperation for the last two and a half, three months,” a close friend told me.

Hayes did not suffer paralysis, but the mild stroke may have affected his speech and his memory. He’s been having home therapy since it happened.

That certainly begs the question of who issued the statement that Hayes was quitting "South Park" now because it mocked Scientology four months ago. If it wasn’t Hayes, then who would have done such a thing?

Meantime, Tom Cruise may have gotten Comedy Central to pull its repeat of "South Park"'s Scientology spoof last week, but the result is that episode is all over the Web. You can see it for free at youtube.com.

Not only that, the Comedy Central Web site has four clips from the 21-minute show. And it also says that “Trapped in the Closet” will air this Wednesday at 10 p.m.

So whether or not Cruise actually did use influence at Viacom/Paramount to get the show pulled from last week’s schedule, here it is, bigger and better than ever. Of course, no one would have cared one way or another if “Trapped” simply had aired on schedule.

Of course, no one could blame Cruise, John Travolta or even R&B singer R. Kelly for being upset about the episode. They are poked fun at mercilessly.

In the episode, Stan, one of the "South Park" characters, is solicited into Scientology. He gives them $240 and takes an EMeter test. This convinces the higher-ups that Stan is the reincarnation of the group’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

That would be bad enough, wouldn’t it? But Cruise visits Stan in his bedroom and winds up hiding in his closet when Stan tells him he’s not the greatest actor. Thus is born the line “Tom Cruise won’t come out of the closet.”

It’s repeated dozens of times. Travolta soon joins Cruise in Stan’s closet. He won’t come out, either. And when they do, there is the ecstatic announcement that they’ve “come out of the closet.”

You get the picture. But nothing in “Trapped in the Closet” is any worse than anything "South Park" creators Stone and Parker have done before. Just rent “Team America” and see what I mean.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,188463,00.html

Martian KC
Mar 20th, 2006, 05:52 PM
I still need the reason why the episode was pulled last week.

lizchris
Mar 20th, 2006, 06:54 PM
Isaac Hayes' Quitting Controversy

Isaac Hayes did not quit "South Park." My sources say that someone quit it for him. :eek:

I can tell you that Hayes is in no position to have quit anything. Contrary to news reports, the great writer, singer and musician suffered a stroke on Jan. 17. At the time it was said that he was hospitalized and suffering from exhaustion.

It’s also absolutely ridiculous to think that Hayes, who loved playing Chef on "South Park," would suddenly turn against the show because they were poking fun at Scientology.

Last November, when the “Trapped in a Closet” episode of the comedy aired, I saw Hayes and spent time with him in Memphis for the annual Blues Ball.

If he hated the show so much, I doubt he would have performed his trademark hit song from the show, “Chocolate Salty Balls.” He tossed the song into the middle of one of his less salacious hits and got the whole audience in the Memphis Pyramid to sing along.

I can tell you, Hayes was very pleased with himself, was in a great mood and, as always, loved his fans' coming up to him and asking him about Chef.

As recently as early January, before his stroke, Hayes defended the "South Park" creators in an interview with “The AV Club,” the serious side of the satirical newspaper, The Onion.

AV Club: They did just do an episode that made fun of your religion, Scientology. Did that bother you?

Hayes: Well, I talked to Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker] about that. They didn't let me know until it was done. I said, 'Guys, you have it all wrong. We're not like that. I know that's your thing, but get your information correct, because somebody might believe that [expletive], you know?' But I understand what they're doing. I told them to take a couple of Scientology courses and understand what we do. [Laughs.]

The truth is, Hayes has a sly sense of humor and loves everything about "South Park." It’s provided him a much-needed income stream since losing the royalties to the many hits he’s written, such as “Shaft” and “Soul Man,” in the mid-1970s.

Even though he’s one of America’s most prolific hit writers, Hayes has been denied access to profits from his own material for almost 30 years.

But it’s hard to know anything since Hayes, like Katie Holmes, is constantly monitored by a Scientologist representative most of the time. :eek: :tape: Luckily, at the Blues Ball he was on his own, partying just with family and friends. He was very excited about having gotten married and about the impending birth of a new child. :eek:

Friends in Memphis tell me that Hayes did not issue any statements on his own about South Park. They are mystified.

“Isaac’s been concentrating on his recuperation for the last two and a half, three months,” a close friend told me.

Hayes did not suffer paralysis, but the mild stroke may have affected his speech and his memory. He’s been having home therapy since it happened.

That certainly begs the question of who issued the statement that Hayes was quitting "South Park" now because it mocked Scientology four months ago. If it wasn’t Hayes, then who would have done such a thing?

Meantime, Tom Cruise may have gotten Comedy Central to pull its repeat of "South Park"'s Scientology spoof last week, but the result is that episode is all over the Web. You can see it for free at youtube.com.

Not only that, the Comedy Central Web site has four clips from the 21-minute show. And it also says that “Trapped in the Closet” will air this Wednesday at 10 p.m.

So whether or not Cruise actually did use influence at Viacom/Paramount to get the show pulled from last week’s schedule, here it is, bigger and better than ever. Of course, no one would have cared one way or another if “Trapped” simply had aired on schedule.

Of course, no one could blame Cruise, John Travolta or even R&B singer R. Kelly for being upset about the episode. They are poked fun at mercilessly.

In the episode, Stan, one of the "South Park" characters, is solicited into Scientology. He gives them $240 and takes an EMeter test. This convinces the higher-ups that Stan is the reincarnation of the group’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

That would be bad enough, wouldn’t it? But Cruise visits Stan in his bedroom and winds up hiding in his closet when Stan tells him he’s not the greatest actor. Thus is born the line “Tom Cruise won’t come out of the closet.”

It’s repeated dozens of times. Travolta soon joins Cruise in Stan’s closet. He won’t come out, either. And when they do, there is the ecstatic announcement that they’ve “come out of the closet.”

You get the picture. But nothing in “Trapped in the Closet” is any worse than anything "South Park" creators Stone and Parker have done before. Just rent “Team America” and see what I mean.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,188463,00.html

I just posted a new subject regarding this post by Roger Friedman becuase some people might not realize the latest developments just by the subject titie.

Thsi would also explain why he wasn't at any of the post Oscar partiest his year. As a former Oscar winner, he would be on many guest lists, plus be invited to the Oscars.

lizchris
Mar 20th, 2006, 06:57 PM
I still need the reason why the episode was pulled last week.

Becuase of one Thomas Cruise Mapother IV , aka Tom Cruise.

Wigglytuff
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:02 PM
I still need the reason why the episode was pulled last week.
the reason is clear....

it wasnt pulled, a repeat was scheduled (which this is) and they do often change which repeat to show. the new season is not set to air until this week i believe... also chef's chocolate salty balls is just a better episode. anyway, if that episode was changed because of outside source showing one of chefs best episode would be to HONOR him if anything.