Sorry, something here doesn’t add up to me. The show has been lampooning virtually everything for years now. It is awfully late in the game to decide that you are offended. It is not as if he hasn’t been doing this for years.
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — Soul singer Isaac Hayes said Monday he was quitting his job as the voice of the lusty character “Chef” on the satiric cable TV cartoon “South Park,” citing the show’s “inappropriate ridicule” of religion.
But series co-creator Matt Stone said the veteran recording artist was upset the show had recently lampooned the Church of Scientology, of which Hayes is an outspoken follower.
“In ten years and over 150 episodes of ‘South Park,’ Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslim, Mormons or Jews,” Stone said in a statement issued by the Comedy Central network.
“He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show.”
He added: “Of course we will release Isaac from his contract, and we wish him well.”
In a statement explaining his departure from the show, Hayes, 63, did not mention last fall’s episode poking fun at Scientology and some of its celebrity adherents, including actor Tom Cruise.
Rather, Hayes said the show’s parody of religion in general was part of what he saw as a “growing insensitivity toward personal spiritual beliefs” in the media, including the recent controversy over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.
“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry toward religious beliefs … begins,” Hayes said.
The crudely animated cartoon, heading into its 10th season next week as one of Comedy Central’s biggest hits, centers on the antics of four foul-mouthed fourth graders in the town of South Park, Colorado.
Outlandish religious satire has been a mainstay of the show since its debut on the Viacom Inc.-owned network in 1997. The series grew out of two short films by Stone and collaborator Trey Parker — “Jesus vs. Frosty” and “The Spirit of Christmas,” the latter featuring a martial-arts duel between Jesus and Santa Claus over the true meaning of Christmas.”
Here is a link to the Spirit of Christmas. Warning, some of you may be offended by this, but as I mentioned earlier this came out many years ago. “Chef” may not be in this one, but it is indicative of the “spirit” of the show. Didn’t he watch this one before he decided to participate in the show.