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2006-07-14 - 5:45 p.m.

Wow...two entries in the same day? Something must be wrong with me...


Woke up from a five-hour nap in my oven of a bedroom, drenched in sweat...but feeling a little better.

Logged in to check my e-mail, and found this:

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker knew they might anger Isaac Hayes with an episode mocking his Scientology religion, but decided to do it anyway.

"We're hypocrites if we don't make it for that reason," Parker told the Television Critics Association this week.

The soul singer had voiced the Chef character on the animated show since 1997, but quit earlier this year because of what he called the Comedy Central show's religious "intolerance and bigotry."

"It was so crazy because we got along so well. And that's where we were like, 'Wow, you really thought the show was fine until we did your religion, and now we're bigots,'" Parker said. "So that's why then we were like, 'OK, game on, (expletive).' And we did that first episode."

Stone said Hayes asked him and Parker to have the network pull the episode before it aired last November and not make it into a DVD. They told Hayes no.

"Trapped in the Closet," another controversial episode that skewers Scientology and its popular proponent Tom Cruise will rerun July 19. It was last set to repeat in March but was abruptly pulled by the network amid reports that Cruise had used his clout to bury it.

"We just picked the wrong guy to parody because I have a feeling we'll be asked about Tom Cruise for the next two years," Stone said. "Every time we're in a headline, it's like, Tom Cruise and then us in a headline, you start to get that Tom Cruise stink on you."

I remember the day when Tom Cruise's name was golden. He had a completely different reputation: that of being a really nice guy. He had, on two separate occasions, dived into dangerous situations to save someone's life, regardless of the danger to his own. His name was box-office gold - hire him and you were almost guaranteed a hit. His marriage to Nicole Kidman was held up as being one of the most stable in Hollywood - a town where the second-year anniversary is celebrated like the 25th.

In the last couple of years, he divorced Nicole, fell in love with Katie Holmes, convinced that Catholic girl to have a baby out of wedlock (something she swore she wouldn't do), got into a very public disagreement with Brooke Shields about how to treat post-partum depression, and is now something of a laughingstock.

So what changed? He brought his being a Scientologist out into the forefront.

As mentioned above, Isaac Hayes had no problems with the "South Park" boys making fun of everybody else...but as soon as they razzed Scientology, he bailed.

Like I said a couple posts one should be immune to being made fun of. No religion, no opinion, nobody.

I forget - does Scientology consider itself a religion? It sure is acting like one.


My friend from the previous post is taking his new girl to the movies. One of the last things he said to me was something along the lines of "I'm not used to doing this!"

You'll be fine, pal. Just relax.


Be seeing you.


3 comments so far

non-fuckabl - 2006-07-14 21:05:12 -
I still think that SHE is just a laughing stock. HE is just an old man having fun. If she hadnīt decided to be with him it wouldnīt have happened. Itīs on her. It wasnīt Cruiseīs choice. Thatīs why the laugh canīt be on him. She is more powerful, and she abandoned her beliefs. Itīs her who canīt have a career on her own and needs to marry to get ahead! Thatīs why the laughīs on her! I donīt get why everyone tries to laugh at Cruise. Please, heīs an OLD man! He had a family already! His heart has been taken already. She is young and full of juices, he has already lived! This doesnīt make HIM look bad. Why is everyone saying that? To me Katie is the bigger star.


Brin - 2006-07-15 20:07:32 -
Katie made poor choices, but that doesn't mean Tom isn't accountable for the fact that he's a washed-up old fart who is lucky enough to end up with a gullible young girl. That happens over and over again in all walks of life.


non-fuckabl - 2006-08-25 15:11:00 -
I donīt think Katie is gullible AT ALL. She married Cruise for one reason and thatīs his career value. She thinks: I want a big career, so Iīll get close to someone who has one. That is her drive, thatīs so sure. Sheīs so calculating. The one funny thing would be if she dragged him down with her and ruined his career-which is starting to happen to his reputation, isnīt it? She marries him to get bigger but instead she drags him down to her level. Woudlnīt that be ironic?


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