Friday, November 18, 2005
You know, they say South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone go too far. Well, admittedly they sometimes do but they are also extremely funny and irreverent. No one and no topic is sacred. They are equal opportunity insulters and frankly quite bright as well.
Sure, the Jesus and Friends bit is offensive to me as a Christian but on the other hand the Satan episodes are rather humorous.The duo's most recent targets are none other than Tom Cruise and Scientology. They set their crudely animated sights on Scientology and Tom Cruise-topics previously deemed "off limits" due to the actor's close ties to Comedy Central's sister company, Paramount Pictures.
The episode starts off with Stan visiting a Church office where he is hailed as the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard by the leaders of Scientology because of his ot-9 results on the Churches E-meter test. Several Hollywood A-listers gather outside Stan's house, with Tom Cruise going in to talk to the 'Prophet.' Cruise asks Stan what
he thinks of him as an actor and Stan simply says "You're O.K., I mean you're not Leonardo DiCaprio or Napolean Dynamite or anything." To which Cruise responds by saying: "I'm a failure in the eyes of the Prophet" and locks himself in the closet. Cruise is then begged to 'Come out of the Closet Tom.'
Cruise won't come out so John Travolta, Nicole Kidman and R. Kelly go in to try and persuade him. All end up joining him in the closet except for Kidman.
Meanwhile, the head of the church reveals the Secret doctrine of life behind Scientology to Stan. He goes on to tell Stan that the reasons for everyone's woes in the world are because the Evil Lord Xenu frozen some alien souls and dumped them into a volcano in ancient Hawaii. The alien's souls thawed and found human hosts at the dawn of time, inflicting the woes of the world on man. While this story is being told the words "Scientologists really believe this" is shown in various ways on the screen.
Stan eventually buys in and sets his pen to write down new "rules" and "laws." Kyle, Cartman and Kenny try to talk some sense into Stan - "L. Ron Hubbard is a sci-fi writer that got busted by Feds for living with boys on a boat numerous times," says Kyle.
Stan comes out dressed like Caesar 'as the reincarnate of L. Ron Hubbard'.. but Stan, after realizing that the Church was only in it for the money, just can't go through with perpetuating the lie.
"Scientology is just a bug fat global scam," Stan says.
Cruise comes out of the closet [Along with Travolta and R.Kelly] and threatens to sue Stan saying: "I'll sue you in England"
The unwanted cartoon cameo sure comes at a rough time for Cruise. The actor recently dumped his career-wrecking publicist sister Lee Anne DeVette, and has been trying to restore his image with help from Rogers & Cowan spin-masters Paul Bloch and Arnold Robinson.
Comedy Central's parent company, Viacom - which also owns Paramount - probably weren't too keen either about seeing its studio's big-money Mission Impossible 3 star ridiculed yet again.
Knowing Parker and Stone, they probably threatened to walk out if they weren't allowed to do their irreverent thing.
Comedy Central spokesman Tony Fox told Radaronline that he didn't know any details of the show because, "these guys literally write and rewrite the episode almost right up to the moment it airs." Asked whether taking potshots at Cruise and Scientology was a wise move, Fox said the network has Stone and Parker's back: "If you know South Park, they are free and have been free to satirize anybody and anything they want to. They've made fun of MTV, they've made fun of Viacom, they've made fun of Comedy Central, and we've never interfered with them."
Missed it? Go here to view at Scientomogy.info hat tip - Glen
Trey, and Matt have opened the floodgates. I don't think Scientology will ever be off limits to comedians, and reporters again. This could be the begining of the end for Scientology.
I wonder what Scientology's end game plan will be. If it ever gets to that.
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