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Thursday, March 23, 2006

South Park: Cartoon Cultural Pollution?

The South Park cartoon show on Comedy Central is extremely vulgar. Kids like its mix of crudeness and irreverent humor. But is it contributing to the delinquency of our youth? They said the same thing about Elvis, Rock & Roll, Prince and Rap. Well all of those have accelerated vulgarity in our culture but who's counting. Religion is a favorite target of Hollywood pagans and Scientology (if you can really call that a religion) has created quite a buzz.

Isaac Hayes, right, the voice for the Chef character, left, recently quit the show because they lampooned Scientology, of which he is a convert. The creators of the show will probably replace Hayes' voice with someone to keep the beloved school cook character. Tom Cruise recently exerted his power to have the Scientology episode repeat cancelled. Evidently Viacom, which owns Paramount Studios and Comedy Central, was pressured by Cruise to pull the episode or he would not promote his new movie, Mission Impossible III.
UPDATE: The show brought Chef back for the new season to humiliate and kill him. They turned Chef into a child molester, he is struck by lightning, plunges off a bridge down into a ravine, impaled on a large stick, and attacked by a mountain lion and a grizzly bear. Well do you think show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are a little angry at Hayes?
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