Saturday, March 18, 2006

Organized Religion 2, Comedy Central 0

For the second time this year, Comedy Central pussied out (sorry, there is no better way to describe it!) and caved to religious pressure by removing a controversial South Park episode from its schedule.

On December 28th, Comedy Central pulled a scheduled rerun of the now infamous "Bloody Mary" episode after several Catholic groups protested.

This week, the cable channel acquiesces to The Church of Scientology by not airing the scheduled "Trapped in the Closet" episode featuring a cartoon Tom Cruise and a scathing take on the religion. There are rumors that Cruise threatened Paramount saying he would refuse to promote the upcoming Mission Impossible 3 if the episode aired.

The controversy started earlier this week when Isaac Hayes (the voice of Chef) quit the show because of its unfair treatment of religion. Hayes is a devout Scientologist.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, issued the following statement,

"So, Scientology, you 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!!!"

South Park's tenth season starts this Wednesday on Comedy Central at 10:00pm.

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