Tuesday, March 14, 2006

South Park: Religious Insensitivity

Must... resist... urge... to snark.
Veteran soul singer Isaac Hayes, voice of the libidinous character "Chef" on the satiric cable TV cartoon "South Park," said on Monday he was quitting the show, citing its "inappropriate ridicule" of religion.

"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry toward religious beliefs ... begins," Hayes said in a statement.

Hayes, 63, a devoted follower of the Church of Scientology, did not mention a "South Park" episode that aired last fall poking fun at Scientology and some of its celebrity adherents, including actor Tom Cruise.

Rather, Hayes said the show's parody of religion is part of what he saw as a "growing insensitivity toward personal spiritual beliefs" in the media generally, including the recent controversy over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.

For eff's sake, you're Isaac freakin' Hayes. You're one bad mother...

(Shut yo' mouth!)

But, baby, I'm just talkin' 'bout Chef. Can you dig it?
[South Park creators Trey Stone and Matt Parker] "feel that it's a bit disingenuous (for Hayes) to cite religious intolerance as a reason for him pulling out of the show" because the series has lampooned religion since its start, taking shots at Catholics, Jews, Muslims and Mormons, among others.


"Their premise is as long as you can make fun of everybody, then everybody is a potential target," Fox said. "The minute you start pulling punches, then the show's reason for being sort of gets compromised."

You're damn right.

You don't even need to be a fan of the show to see that this looks a little silly. Maybe it's a stunt... I don't know who came up with it, but it sounds odd.


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