Thursday, March 16, 2006

The satire that ends the satire?

A lot of people think Muslim extremists have no sense of humor (and clearly they don't!) but they're not the only ones. Guess what this is about and who said it?
"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. As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."
The answer is Isaac Hayes (yes, the guy best known for the soundtrack to Shaft) who decided to quit the show South Park out of outrage for its treatment of ... Scientology. I kid you not!

According to the Guardian, what "drew the line" for Hayes was an episode in which Stan (here on the left) is hailed as the successor to L Ron Hubbard, who started the cult of Scientology in 1952. The episode was pulled in the UK. (That baffles me!)

Hayes also added:
''Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored."
I guess it depends on how you define 'religion' and 'respect'. It seems that for Hayes, it is what only he believes in which is worth fighting for. Some civil right activitst! What about the First Amendment?
Well, shall we add that:
  • South Park has mocked just about every religious and political groups in the last nine years.
  • Hayes is a Scientologist.
  • He has obviously no humor and no sense of self-derision (but then again, he's also a Scientologist so we can only expect him to be screwed up)

NOTE 1: Hayes was the voice for Chef, South Park's resident school cook, ladies' man and love doctor.
NOTE2: In case, you don't know 'Scientollywood' (coined by two journalists in 1993) is a reality. No wonder it's a screwed-up 'religion':
Other than Tom Cruise, ''the public face of the church," here are some other celebreties who have claimed some support of Scientology in Hollywood: John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Beck, Jenna Elfman, Al Jarreau, Kelly Preston (Travolta's wife), Juliette Lewis, Karen Black, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, Nicole Kidman (Cruise's ex), Anne Archer, Chick Corea, Chaka Khan, and Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson's voice). (more here)

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