Isaac Hayes Quits "South Park" Over Scientology Row

Summary

Renowned soul musician and actor Isaac Hayes, who memorably voiced the role of Chef on "South Park" since 1997, has pulled out of the irreverent satirical cartoon, expressing his disgust for the show's disrespect for religious beliefs. Back to Article

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SozeStrangelove

Will Potenberg

[b]Damn[/b]
Jeez, that's depressing.
i'm not dissing hayes or anything, but now he's complaining about disrespecting people's religious beliefs when South Park has been doing it for at least nine years now.

Mar 13 - 07:21 PM

loudharley

philip napier

Why is it so excepted to make fun of christianity in this country ,and not other religions.In a recent interview on the opie and anthony show on xm radio hayes said it wasnt ment to be taken seriously ,and that matt and trey make fun of everyone.So why does he come out now and have a problem with the show?His disaproval of that episode is just crazy.These scientologists are into a religous cult started by a bad science fiction writer,and if that doesnt scream nutball i dont know what does.

Mar 13 - 07:39 PM

tdurden1138

sean roberts

well, while he will be missed, I think I can speak for a good majority of south park fans(or fans of any kind of smart social satire) when i say Isaac Hayes, f*ck you if you cant take a joke about your precious "religion". your only claim to fame in the past 25 years is Chef. he had no problem with trey and matt making fun of every other religious, social or unisexed jibberish-speaking future job stealing group before they targeted your cult.

Mar 13 - 08:08 PM

mstiefan

Mike Erali

[b]Hmm[/b]
I think its doubly ironic that Isaac Hayes then goes on Opie an Anthony, a show that was ridiculed for sponsoring two people to have sex in a church, and discusses his thoughts on religious intolerance.

Trapped in the Closet espisode awas excellent. I actually took it more as a shot at Tom Cruise and R Kelly's ridiculous trapped in the closet song than at Scientology on the whole. If the story is true of what they believe, "the disclaimer at the bottom says it is", then it was also educational and incredibly funny.

I thought the mormon episode was much more blatantly sinister, but its also one of the best southpark's ever. Trapped in the closet had commentary on other events and people besides scientology, while the mormon episode was just all about mormons.

Best thing about southpark is their ability to be the only current animated show. Simpson's family guy are excellent, but only south park can take an event that happened days before and work it into an episode. Saddam's capture added to the wizard of oz canada episode, paula poundstone's troubles, Katrina, and Terri Schiavo (leading to their emmy winning show, by the way) are all examples. THey have a week to work a Chef related incident into something for the new episode. I'd vote for Chef's TV killing him finally.

Chef hasn't been in too many episodes since the Cancelled one is season 7. He may also be annoyed with his lack of involvement in the show. I had also heard that season 10, this spring and next fall, would be the last season for south park anyway, thus I'm not sure how tragic this loss is.

Mar 17 - 09:22 AM

tdurden1138

sean roberts

well, while he will be missed, I think I can speak for a good majority of south park fans(or fans of any kind of smart social satire) when i say Isaac Hayes, f*ck you if you cant take a joke about your precious "religion". your only claim to fame in the past 25 years is Chef. he had no problem with trey and matt making fun of every other religious, social or unisexed jibberish-speaking future job stealing group before they targeted your cult.

Mar 13 - 08:08 PM

It.

Anna C

[b]it was not a 'joke'[/b]
there was a different treatment between christianity and scientology.
For sure.
Notice of anti-scientology : By thus gesticulant Tom Cruise does nothing but obey its sect.This film makes fun well more of the methods of the scientology that are delirious of Tom the proselyte. What disturbs the scientology it is the fact of having dared to present at general public the hidden revelation, the higher and ultimate "knowledge" of the scientologists... (Oh ! sacrilege. Tom help us, please help !). Also since the diffusion of this episode of Southpark the cult of scientology does not cease losing followers. Increasingly many victims are disappointed by the lack of intellectual integrityof its leader, M. David Miscavige : "pseudo pope "of a pseudo church which claims to have 8'000' 000 of faithful in the world ... but which refuses the mails of the anti-scientology. A quite sad church, a quite small man."

www.anti-scientologie.ch

Mar 13 - 08:41 PM

thadeus_79

Ted Osborn

I agree with everyone, and it will be funny to watch future episodes where they will make fun of him.

Mar 13 - 08:41 PM

lpbreeze

First Last

I think it would be better to end the feud and try to patch things up after a few months. He has played too crucial of a role in the series. I think he simply got pressured but hopefully things will calm down. I don't agree with him but lets not start bashing the guy.

Mar 13 - 10:00 PM

joe-cartoon

Jack Martin

[b]Sad[/b]
As a South Park fan, it's sad to see such a great character go. I predict that in the new series, they will kill him off like they did with Kenny for a while. Just a thought.

Mar 13 - 10:45 PM

dracus

Cap Nord

This is going to make for one very funny show.

Mar 14 - 07:42 AM

taran72

Dan Mills

I hate to see him go, but yes he's a hypocrite. It's a miracle Trey and Matt have held out until now to rip on Scientology. It's such an easy target.

Mar 14 - 09:18 AM

Scarborough Fair

Kyle Beaudette

[b]suck on our chocolate salty balls, chef[/b]
way to walk away from your show, hayes. you big baby. like everyone else is saying, he had no problem with making fun of everything else and going waaaay too far before. now its personal and he's like " wait a minute...south park ...BAD!" did he even get the comedy of the show when he was on it? was he just reading lines?? i say they shouldn't go after him, just constantly have the character doing pantomime from now on or something.

Mar 14 - 09:29 AM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

Or better yet, find someone who can do his voice (I'm sure there are plenty of imitators who could nail it) and have Chef become some kind of whiny "it's okay to pick on everyone's beliefs but mine" religious zealot and quit his job at the school. You know, art imitating life.

Mar 14 - 09:39 AM

scottybarkbark

jonathan watterman

i watch this show all the time and it offends me but i still think its the funniest show out there. he doesn't mind christianity being ripped in two by them but god forbid they make a satire over scientology. hypocrite

Mar 14 - 10:14 AM

Prosper761

Brian Bara

If you can't take a joke, then get out of the cafeteria. You know they're going to have Tom Crusie kill Chef, now... (or at least I hope they do).

Mar 14 - 10:18 AM

tdurden1138

sean roberts

unfortunately, if the y put tom cruise on the show he'll threaten to sue everyone who works for paramount and their families like the first time the episode in question aired

Mar 14 - 10:59 AM

tdurden1138

sean roberts

unfortunately, if the y put tom cruise on the show he'll threaten to sue everyone who works for paramount and their families like the first time the episode in question aired

Mar 14 - 10:59 AM

jeremyf1977

jeremy fein

Chef hasn't made that many appeareances since the fifth season if any at all. I'll miss him but then again I haven't been watching sout park that much since 2002. It's just not that funny anymore. I get it Eric Cartman is Racist, Kenny Dies...Blah Blah Blah. It's Social Satire. I miss the First season when they made fun of halloween, Christmas, Anal Probes, ECT. Seasons 1997-1999 Are worth Owning on DVD and that's Pretty Much it.

Screw you chef I'm going home...................

Mar 14 - 11:10 AM

aknddon3

andrew kruzel

You do not know what you are talking about. First off Kenny does not die anymore, second off not only is cartman a bigot, but Kyle is one too. And some of the best episodes have been the new ones, you need to start watching it again.

Mar 14 - 11:39 AM

aknddon3

andrew kruzel

You do not know what you are talking about. First off Kenny does not die anymore, second off not only is cartman a bigot, but Kyle is one too. And some of the best episodes have been the new ones, you need to start watching it again.

Mar 14 - 11:39 AM

Karl

John Locke

The sad thing is about that Scientology episode: They didnt make up any lies about it. Scientology is that retarded. Other than making Stan a prophet, that show showed Scientology for what it really is: retarded.

Mar 14 - 11:44 AM

consciousafrican

Conscious African

[b]I. Hayes gets sanctified when it's his azz on the[/b]
The Scientology powers that be musta pulled his coat...I tell you that negro slave mentality, like the energizer bunny, just keeps goin, and goin...

lawdy hallalua massa!!!

Mar 14 - 12:06 PM

Fangmeier69

Jonathan Greene

[b]Think about it, Issac[/b]
He definitely looks like a hypocrite with these comments, after everything South Park has tackled before. But to be fair, how much are other religions ripped? Jesus himself has been a supporting character, and was always shown respectfully - no one who is a devout Christian was ever shown to be a moron for doing so. They'll go after greedy televangelists or Mel Gibson instead, or political correctness with Christmas. If they mocked Islam, it hasn't been Mohammed they went after, just famous people who were muslims.

Does the Church of Scientology get by on the finances of the rich & famous? Does anyone actually KNOW a scientologist? Did Tom Cruise sue Steve Martin after Bowfinger, with it's scientology-like cult called Mindhead?

Mar 14 - 12:16 PM

Mort Guffman

Mort Guffman

Actually, the show has ripped other religions pretty evenly. I am a devout Christian, and I haven't ever liked the way they rip on the person of Jesus Christ, and at times have turned the show off for this reason. However, I love how they rip on the pseudo cultures that religions create, like Christian rock music with Faith +1. That episode was so brilliant it was ridiculous.

Also, the show was dead on in its portrayal of Mormon theology and even in parts that I've seen describe Christian and Catholic theology (transubstantiation, etc.), which lead me to believe that much of the Scientology episode was quite accurate as well (not to mention what I already know about Scientology). These guys do their homework, and despite its negative press are much smarter than people give them credit for.

I think that in our postmodern, fluffy safe world, South Park does an amazing job of being blunt and straight-forward in its commentaires and messages, particularly in the newer seasons (religious or no).

Mar 14 - 02:36 PM

Stoolio

Marty Johnson

[b]I know some Scientologist[/b]
I have five people in my family whose lives have been ruined by the Church of $cientology.

One member of my family has been involved with them for over 20 years and has given over $500K of her own money.

Like the episode said- IT IS A GREEDY CULT.

Their members really believe they are better than the rest of us and have appointed themsleves as the smartest people in the world- nevermind that outside of some actors and singers, you never hear of any Nobel Prize winners, no sports stars, and no great scientist that are Scientologist.

I have had these nutcases call and email me for 10 years trying to recruit me.

Issac Hayes is doing what he was told to do by the cult- and he is a hypocrtical ass for it.

Mar 14 - 08:50 PM

hellhole

Ken Alleman

"Jesus himself has been a supporting character, and was always shown respectfully -"

Well... not always. Playing devil's advocate for a moment, they've taken some pretty funny potshots at Jesus over the years (insulting the viewers of his daytime television show, winning a boxing match with Satan only due to a thrown fight, et cetera).

They may not have ripped on him quite as badly as celebrities like Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise, but they've still gone for him a couple of times.

Mar 15 - 08:09 AM

tdurden1138

sean roberts

Jesus himself has been a supporting character, and was always shown respectfully

HAS NOONE SEEN THE EPISODE WHERE THEY BLOW JESUS THE F*CK AWAY IN IRAQ? how is that showing him in a respectable light? has no one seen the mormonism episode? christ, do some f*cking research before you bitch about a show youve obviously only seen a few episodes of. South Park is the smartest, funniest show on tv. its satire is spot on and anyone who would threaten to sue a show that is so brilliant(tom cruise), it just shows that youre as nucking futs as everyone says you and youre fellow drones are

Mar 16 - 11:40 AM

ThomasElla

Thomas Ella

Don't you mean when they blew Santa up in Iraq? They might have also done this with Jesus, but I don't remember that. They've never totally denounced any religion other than Scientology before. They may have made people of different faiths look pretty bad, like making the Jews look petty and overbearing and the Catholics look like child molesters, but they never declared a religion false before. You'd think that Trey and Matt could've at least respected the religion enough to recognize that one of the most talented members of the cast is of it and might take it badly when they declare it false and a scam.

Anyways, this is really depressing to read especially when most of the people here are probably American and supposed to respect the whole freedom of religion thing. If South Park has taught us anything, it's that tolerance is something that everyone should practice- tolerance doesn't mean that you have to like something, just put up with it.

Mar 16 - 02:43 PM

tdurden1138

sean roberts

that is exactly what im talking about. they shot down santas slay and torture santa, but when the boys bring in jesus to help with the rescue mission, they shoot and kill JESUS! stop postin shit about the show if you dont know what youre talking about.

Mar 16 - 03:17 PM

ThomasElla

Thomas Ella

Nah, I just haven't seen the episode in awhile. I just remembered Santa flying over Iraq, then somebody firing a rocket at him and shooting him down, reminiscent of Black Hawk Down, then I just kind of forgot the rest. I've seen practically every episode, but some of them are kind of fuzzy in my memory.

Mar 16 - 04:22 PM

Stof

Chris M

[b]Not his fault[/b]
Hayes leaving is stupid alright, but do you really think that he had anything to do with it? What seems more likely? That after 9 years on South Park he suddenly got offended? or that the "church" made him leave?

So it's not Hayes fault that he left the show, it's Scientology's fault.
It's just Hayes fault for being a Scientologist. Man... Hayes, Haggis, Cruise and Holmes... what is it with Hollywood and crazy?

Mar 14 - 01:29 PM

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