Hayes finally gets upset about treatment of religion on ‘South Park’

Whenever we write about South Park and religion, people come out of the woodwork. Most recently, readers battled it out in the comments section of this post—about an episode in which a statue of the Virgin Mary was said to be bleeding out of its rear end. Normally, the sane point of view prevails: If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Today, though, a very special South Park complainant has stepped forward: Isaac Hayes, who voices the character of Chef, has quit the show over what he calls its “inappropriate ridicule” of religion. The timing here is curious. Hayes says the show is disrespectful of religion in general; it must be a coincidence, then, that it recently lampooned Scientology, of which Hayes is a follower. Through Comedy Central, Matt Stone released a statement that reads, in part: “In 10 years and over 150 episodes of South Park, Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons or Jews. He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show.” In honor of Hayes’ time on the show, we’d like to reprint Chef’s completely non-offensive thoughts about his balls: “Say, everybody have you seen my balls?/They’re big and salty brown/If you ever need a quick pick-me-up/Just put my balls in your mouth/Ooh, suck on my chocolate salty balls (Stick ’em in your mouth)/Put ’em in your mouth and you suck ’em and you suck ’em.” Now that’s good clean fun.

—Posted by Tim Nudd