Oh My God! Chef Killed Chef!
No more Salisbury steak, children. No more sweet love down by the fire. No more chocolate salty balls. Chef is dead. Isaac Hayes has quit South Park.
"There is a place in this world for satire," said Hayes, "but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins." Citing his 40 years of civil rights activism, Hayes said he could no longer work for the Comedy Central cartoon program.
Why now, you ask? South Park has been pushing the envelope ever since its very first episode, which featured a battle royale between Jesus and Santa over Christmas. Since then, South Park has mocked every major religion known to man. They had an episode devoted to pedophilia by Catholic priests, they had a pictorial representation of Muhammad years before the cartoon crisis, they had Cartman lampooning evangelicals—they have even portrayed God as a giant, but wise, rat. So where does the line between satire and bigotry lie?
For Hayes, it's when the show took on Tom Cruise and the Scientologists. Hayes is an adherent of this quasi-religion invented by L. Ron Hubbard (the man who invented "the machine that measures human gullibility", according to the Onion). And Scientology may have piles of money and throngs of very, very straight Hollywood believers, but the one thing they don't have is a sense of humor. Their believers aren't allowed to have one either. It's kind of strange for a religion that believes bad feelings are caused by the disembodied souls of aliens brought to Earth by the evil galactic overlord Xenu, but there you have it.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, are having none of Hayes' bogus reasoning. "This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology," said Stone. "He has no problem—and he's cashed plenty of checks—with our show making fun of Christians."
Well, goodbye Chef, and good riddance Isaac Hayes, you lousy hypocrite.