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March 14, 2006

Isaac Hayes Quits South Park Over "Religious Bigotry"

Bye, Chef!

Isaac Hayes has quit "South Park," where he voices Chef, saying he can no longer stomach its take on religion.

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"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."

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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."

I think Stone's being a prick, personally. When you do intentionally offensive humor, it can hardly come as a shock that some are, yes, offended.

I dig South Park. I've liked its hits on the strange beliefs of Mormons and Scientologists. But I hardly think it's outrageous for a Scientologist to get particularly upset when his own religion is attacked. In a perfect world, yes, we'd all be just as sensitive about the beliefs of others as we are of our own. But we don't live in that world; we live in reality.

The guy quit a show. It's his right. Does he have to be called a mercenary hypocrite for doing so?

The New Editor disagrees.

Which is their right.

But I think Stone is acting like the Goth kid who dresses and acts weird all the time and then gets full of self-righteous indignation when someone looks at him funny. Isn't that exactly the reaction you wanted, Matt?


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