Comedy Central ad isn’t about Mel Gibson

Comedy_1 Judging by the headline, this Comedy Central ad, placed in Variety this week, would seem to reference the whole Mel Gibson fiasco. But as Defamer points out, it’s just a coincidence. The ad was approved weeks before Gibson’s arrest, and concerns a whole different religious brewhaha in Hollywood. Comedy Central placed it to congratulate South Park on getting an Emmy nomination for its Scientology-themed “Trapped in the Closet” episode—an episode whose reruns Tom Cruise (who was making a movie for Viacom) reportedly had yanked from the Comedy Central schedule in March. Trey Parker and Matt Stone submitted that episode for Emmy consideration as a rebuke of sorts to the Comedy Central brass, who decided to run with it.

—Posted by Tim Nudd