Saturday, March 18, 2006

Boycott Mission: Impossible 3 till the episode is aired
No kidding: Scientology bests 'South Park' for now

Not satisfied with simply snipping Katie Holmes sex scenes out of movies, Tom Cruise this week throttled one of the world's more powerful media companies in his march to sweep the pop culture landscape of ideas he finds offensive.

At least that was the story making the rounds in some circles Friday. The buzz was over claims that Cruise forced Comedy Central to drop a scheduled rerun of "South Park's" infamous episode that lampoons Scientology.

The episode was already the center of controversy earlier this week when "South Park" cast member Isaac Hayes, a Scientologist, quit the show, decrying its religious "bigotry." "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone responded that Hayes never objected when the show mocked other religions.

On Friday, the episode, titled "Trapped in the Closet," was back in the news, when the New York Post and Variety reported that Cruise was behind Comedy Central's decision to yank Wednesday's rerun of the show. The papers reported that Cruise threatened to skip all promotional activities on behalf of his big summer movie, "Mission: Impossible 3" if the episode aired. The connection? Paramount is releasing "Mission: Impossible." Paramount is owned by Viacom. So is Comedy Channel.

At first, Comedy Central insisted that the "Closet" episode was dumped out of respect for Hayes. But then Trey and Stone muddied the waters by releasing this cryptic statement, full of Scientology references, to 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!!!"

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."


Blogger AKA said...

I've long since boycotted any known $cientologist film. They use their celebrity to entice the gullible into their scam.

I think it's no small accident that one of the most popular torrent downloads right now is the 'banned' episode.

*rolls eyes. Stupid fucks. (Scientologists I mean)

3/18/2006 1:44 PM  
Blogger Manic said...

Tom Cruise sucks, I think it's time he flops major. He has become more and more unpopular because of his lack of humour. Do you still remember when some people sprayed water in his face in London? He totally freaked out back then. I support this boycot. Down with Tom!

3/19/2006 1:40 AM  

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