Shock waves where felt across the animated comedy series industry and its fans following the news Isaac Hayes, - who served as the voice of “Chef” in the acclaimed series South Park (launched in 1997 and still the highest rated series on Comedy Central) - announced he was leaving the series, apparently because he objected to its' inappropriate ridicule of his religion.
"Trapped in the Closet" episode number 137 of the series, aired in November 16, 2005 sparked controversy not only with Hayes but with the Church of Scientology and Tom Cruise. A preview of the episode follows…
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What is concerning of this story is that episode was scheduled to re-run on March 22nd, 2006, but airing was cancelled without prior notice – the episode was replaced with Chef
Matt Stone one of the creators of South Park, rightly declared to the controversy raised by the departure of Isaac Hayes – “This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem - and he
The matter of Dark Matter Politics is the fact religious parody for the purpose of entertainment (as opposed to ideological influence) is no longer accepted as a form of social commentary and expression but immediately treated as confrontational defamation. Furthermore, the cancellation of the episode can be seen as a serious limitation on free speech. A copy of the episode of "Trapped in the Closet" can be found at contemporaryinsanity.org