I love a good hypocrisy. And thankfully, so do Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame. By now, you may have heard about Isaac Hayes stepping away from voicing Chef on the popular cartoon because he could no longer sit idly by while the cartoon skewers people's religions. You mean they satire, mock, criticize, maim and otherwise demolish the ideas and tenets behind the world's religions? WHAT?? They do?? Hayes is suddenly very concerned with this, and that begs the question, has he ever seen the show? Hayes is quoted as saying, "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."
Coincidentally, this whole brouhaha started after a Scientology-themed episode of the cartoon, titled "Trapped in the Closet," mocked Scientology, its belief system, and two of the church's more outspoken members, Tom Cruise and John Travolta, among other things. Also coincidentally, Hayes is a staunch Scientologist. (Hmmm... not so coincidental after all.)
Stone is quick to point out Hayes' hypocrisy here, stating, "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. ...[we] 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."