After 10 Seasons Isaac Hayes Can't Take a Joke

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

After 10 seasons of slaughtering every sacred cow imaginable you'd Mr. Hayes, who's been a part of the show since its inception, would not take the jokes on Scientology seriously.

Alas, the deep baritone singer who happens to be a Scientologist has asked to be released from his South Park contract. Here's more:

"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 in a statement.

"Obviously, Matt and Trey are disappointed that he's not going to be part of the show, but they're not going to make him do something he doesn't want to do," the spokesman, Tony Fox, told Reuters.

However, he said Stone and Parker "feel that it's a bit disingenuous (for Hayes) to cite religious intolerance as a reason for him pulling out of the show" because the series has lampooned religion since its start, taking shots at Catholics, Jews, Muslims and Mormons, among others.

The series grew out of two short films by Parker and Stone, "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.
And that's what has made South Park so successful over the years; not because it makes fun of everything but because it does it so intelligently. The cartoon throughout its 10 seasons has crossed lines far worse than scientology jokes, but because it affects Mr. Hayes personally he felt a need to separate himself from the phenomenon to which he owes this end of his career.