The war on the space religion
You boys better be as tough as your words
South Park 'battling' Scientology
South Park's creators have renewed their "battle" with Scientology, after a US TV channel dropped a show which mocked its church and actor Tom Cruise.
"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun!" Trey Parker and Matt Stone told trade paper Variety.
Comedy Central said the schedule change enabled it to screen two extra episodes featuring Isaac Hayes, who played Chef.
Hayes left South Park this week after objecting to it sending up religion.
Parker and Stone added in their statement to Variety: "Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies."
Comedy Central's spokesman said the channel wanted to "give Chef an appropriate tribute by airing two episodes he is most known for".
The channel also denied it had axed the episode featuring Cruise after reports of pressure from the actor to drop it from its schedules.
Animated series South Park tells the story of four boys in a dysfunctional Colorado town and regularly deals with sensitive subjects and sends up famous figures.
In a recent episode, one of the gang, Stan, did so well in a Scientology test that church followers thought he was the next L Ron Hubbard, the late science-fiction writer who founded Scientology.
Hayes, 63, had been a regular on South Park since its US TV debut in 1997.
The show was insensitive to "personal spiritual beliefs", Hayes said.
But Stone said Hayes had "never had a problem" until the Scientology Church, to which Hayes belongs, was parodied.
I would shred my garbage and hire some of the most vicious lawyers around if I were them, guys who eat nails for breakfast.
They're going to need them.
posted by Steve @ 12:45:00 AM