The Electric Commentary

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Parker and Stone Respond

The South Park Scientology episode continues to have ramifications for Trey Parker and Matt Stone. First Isaac Hayes quit, and now Comedy Central has pulled the episode. Why would Comedy Central care about offending scientologists? Rumor has it that Tom Cruise put pressure on the station to pull the episode. Cruise is set to begin promoting Mission Impossible 3 for the summer blockbuster season, and if he curtailed his efforts it would put a dent in the wallet of Paramount, which is owned by Viacom, which also owns Comedy Central.

Would Cruise actually put effort into thwarting a cartoon? Scientologists are famously litigious, and care about public perception above all else, so it is not as far fetched as it sounds. South Park has offended basically everyone that can be offended, but this is the first time that they have suffered any repercussions. Someone with some power in Hollywood was probably responsible.

Ed Brayton has much more, including a non-denial denial from Cruise's agent.

Parker and Stone, good sports that they are, could not just let this injustice stand. Here's their response, from Variety:

"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!!"

The duo signed the statement "Trey Parker and Matt Stone, servants of the dark lord Xenu."

More on Scientology:

Here's my interview with Xenu. Here is Scott Burgess's three-part series. Here's Kevin Drum on Cruise. Here is Tom Cruise killing Oprah.


  • Maybe Parker and Stone can get a Danish newspaper to do the episode as a monthlong series.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 4:11 PM  

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