It seems Isaac Hayes no longer wants to voice the character of Chef on South Park. According to this article he is demanding to be released from his contract due to what he views as a “growing insensitivity” by the show towards religion.
Mr. Hayes says:
“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins. Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored. As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”
Now funny he finds fault with the show so close to the episode “Trapped In The Closet” which took on Tom Cruise and Scientology. (I wrote about the episode here) Well gee Issac, where was your outrage after episode 7.12, “All About Mormons“? The episode originally aired on November 19th, 2003, so it takes you 2 years and 4 months to decide they have left satire behind and turned to “bigotry”? Or could it just be you don’t care about any other religions until they do an episode that hits close to home? And what exactly does your being a “civil rights activist of the past 40 years” have to do with this? Guess it didn’t kick in during the “Passion Of The Jew” 3-episode story arc somehow?
This is South Park’s ninth season and you have stood by Matt Stone & Trey Parker since 1997 when they have taken on 100’s of subjects, but oh no, they took on your precious cult…sorry, religion…and you get all up in arms. Sorry Isaac, but what’s good for the goose is good for gander.
In an update since I first read about this story, Matt Stone has issued a statemant on the subject:
“This has nothing to do with intolerance and bigotry and everything to do with the fact that Isaac Hayes is a Scientologist and that we recently featured Scientology in an episode of ‘South Park.’ In 10 years and over 150 episodes of ‘South Park,’ Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons and Jews. He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show. To bring the civil rights struggle into this is just a non-sequitur. Of course we will release him from his contract and we wish him well.”
Gee, couldn’t have said it better myself.
If Isaac was offended, fine, he had every right to be, but he needs to remember he actively participated in all the other mockeries. He is not innocent and he needs to realise just how obvious he made his real reasons.
Adios Isaac, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.