Wednesday, March 29, 2006

South Park Gate



TOTH to Xeni Jardin:

Supporters of South Park who've launched a web petition and protest-letter campaign say:

Comedy Central suddenly switched out episodes of South Park -- replacing the previously-scheduled "Trapped in the Closet" without any explanation. According to a friend of mine (secretary for a certain company that owns Comedy Central), Tom Cruise has blackmailed the company into not showing the episode, which portrays him as a homosexual and his religion (Scientology) as a cult.

Update, 522pm PT: Here's a new url for the protest site: chefgate.info.

From Hollywood Interrupted:

"Sources from inside Paramount and South Park Studios report that parent company Viacom pulled last night's scheduled repeat of the high-rated "Trapped in the Closet" episode after the humorless Scientologist movie star Tom Cruise threatened to cancel all publicity for Mission Impossible 3 if Comedy Central aired the episode that satirizes Scientology and mocks his sexuality again. Not only is this the first time that the South Park creators have been officially censored in their ten hit seasons with Comedy Central, Viacom officials also reportedly ordered Matt Stone and Trey Parker not to discuss the reason why their episode was cancelled."

The creators have yet to comment, but Comedy Central has offered this explanation:

"In light of the events of earlier this week, we wanted to give Chef an appropriate tribute by airing two episodes he is most known for."

THINK ABOUT IT: What if everyone that was offended by an episode by an episode of South Park -- or any other satire -- could suddenly have an episode taken out of circulation? There wouldn't be a lot of show left...
We have to teach Tom that censorship is wrong!

Link to petition, and to video of the banned episode. (Thanks, sekrit Hollywood informant!)

MM

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