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Issac Hayes (Chef) quits South Park

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Singer Isaac Hayes quits "South Park"

Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:33 PM ET

 

By Steve Gorman

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Soul singer Isaac Hayes said on 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.

 

Hayes, the first black composer to win an Oscar for best song with his theme to the 1971 film "Shaft," gained renewed fame on "South Park" as the voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy, the school cafeteria cook whom the boys often seek out for advice.

 

In an episode last fall, one of the gang, Stan, scores so high on a Scientology test that church followers think he is the next L. Ron Hubbard, the late science-fiction writer who founded the religion. Hayes did not take part in that episode.

 

In an interview with Reuters late last year, Hayes talked about a foundation he formed to bring Scientology-based study techniques to disadvantaged inner-city schools, in partnership with fellow devotee Lisa Marie Presley.

 

"But it's not religious," he said then, describing himself as Baptist by birth and Scientology as "an applied religious philosophy."

 

Comedy Central spokesman Tony Fox said producers have not decided whether Chef would be dropped from the show or continued with another actor supplying his voice.

 

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if he doesnt mind poking fun at everyone elses religion he shouldnt feel bad about making fun of his own

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his religion was created to be made fun of anyway. i guess he's giving south park the "shaft".

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Originally posted by geezpot-from the Southpark character thread@Mar 13 2006, 05:59 PM

That sucks that chef is leaving but Matt and Trey have a point.

Isaac had no problems with making fun of other religions, races, cripples, etc. but as soon as they piss off Scientologists he decides that is the straw that breaks the camels back?

 

I think chef should be satan's next gay lover.

 

OMG Scientologists killed chef.

-those bastards

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i was just about to make this same thread but with the AP article..

 

Isaac Hayes Quits 'South Park' By ERIN CARLSON, Associated Press Writer

2 hours, 26 minutes ago

 

 

 

NEW YORK - Isaac Hayes has quit "South Park," where he voices Chef, saying he can no longer stomach its take on religion.

 

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Hayes, who has played the ladies' man/school cook in the animated Comedy Central satire since 1997, said in a statement Monday that he feels a line has been crossed.

 

"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," the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said.

 

"Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored," he continued. "As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."

 

"South Park" co-creator Matt Stone responded sharply in an interview with The Associated Press Monday, saying, "This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem — and he's cashed plenty of checks — with our show making fun of Christians."

 

Last November, "South Park" targeted the Church of Scientology and its celebrity followers, including actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, in a top-rated episode called "Trapped in the Closet." In the episode, Stan, one of the show's four mischievous fourth graders, is hailed as a reluctant savior by Scientology leaders, while a cartoon Cruise locks himself in a closet and won't come out.

 

Stone told The AP he and co-creator Trey Parker "never heard a peep out of Isaac in any way until we did Scientology. He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin."

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Fuck scientology, and fuck Hayes for being a scientologist.

 

I hope South Park gets around to making fun of Hindus one of these days.

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I HAD NO IDEA ISAAC HAYES WAS THE VOICE OF CHEF. THEN AGAIN I ALWAYS THOUGH SOUTH PARK SUCKED SO I NEVER WATCHED THAT MUCH OF IT ANYWAYS. A MUSICAL GENIUS THOUGH. "WALK ON BY" IS A CLASSIC. I THINK HE'S A BETTER COMPOSER THAN HE IS A SINGER THOUGH.

 

HE'S A BAD MOTHA -- SHUT YO MOUTH!

 

YOU DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN RIIIGHT!

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In an interview with Reuters late last year, Hayes talked about a foundation he formed to bring Scientology-based study techniques to disadvantaged inner-city schools, in partnership with fellow devotee Lisa Marie Presley.

 

"But it's not religious," he said then, describing himself as Baptist by birth and Scientology as "an applied religious philosophy."

 

Freak.

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Originally posted by geezpot+Mar 13 2006, 06:37 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (geezpot - Mar 13 2006, 06:37 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-geezpot-from the Southpark character thread@Mar 13 2006, 05:59 PM

That sucks that chef is leaving but Matt and Trey have a point.

Isaac had no problems with making fun of other religions, races, cripples, etc. but as soon as they piss off Scientologists he decides that is the straw that breaks the camels back?

 

I think chef should be satan's next gay lover.

 

OMG Scientologists killed chef.

-those bastards

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:haha: .....and also :haha: at the comparison of Hayes and Kimbo..

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