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Village Voice: Scientology Targeted South Park's Parker and Stone in Investigation

Discussion in 'Media' started by AnonLover, Oct 23, 2011.

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  2. Anoobymous Member

    Yeah, at a certain point it doesn't matter if these rumors are true.
    If people see "Scientology" on a magazine cover and think either "Oh, brother" or "EEEK! DANGER!" then I'm satisfied.
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Hey Sponge, don't type so fast.
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  8. AnonLover Member

    heh. sorry no u -- screw the liek button... that plus being made the punchline in his Saturday commenter recap 2 weeks in a row (!!! - head hung in shame) requires shoops be broken out.

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    penetrating. indeed!!!! mmmmmm...... honey!
  9. xenubarb Member

    Pssst! I have it on Good Authority that the "happy ending" is an egg roll.
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  11. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Trapped in the closet full episode
  12. Anonymous Member

    It never gets old! :)
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  13. The Wrong Guy Member

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    Ten years ago, South Park rocked Scientology in a way it’s never recovered from | The Underground Bunker

    On November 16, it will be ten years since Comedy Central first aired the South Park episode titled “Trapped in the Closet.” The episode brought to many people their first exposure to the wacky contents of Scientology’s secret Operating Thetan Level Three material, in which founder L. Ron Hubbard explains that each of us is infested with invisible alien souls left over from a genocidal incident that happened 75 million years ago, courtesy of a galactic overlord named Xenu (pictured).

    The OT 3 materials had been described publicly as early as 1972 in the book of a former Scientologist, Robert Kaufman. It had also been featured in some newspaper reports and online. But South Park famously put the OT 3 story into cartoon form and on cable television, and it became a huge hit. One of the people partly responsible for that episode was our old friend, journalist Mark Ebner. We asked Ebner to reminisce about that epic event for its big upcoming anniversary.

    http://tonyortega.org/2015/11/03/te...cientology-in-a-way-its-never-recovered-from/

    Watch South Park Online - Trapped in the Closet | Hulu

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/250045
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  14. DDoS.exe Member

    Lol
  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology Spied On South Park: 5 Plots Against Celebrities

    By Carolyn Burke, Cracked, June 29, 2016

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    When we think of spycraft, we conjure images of trench-coated men smoking cigarettes in the rain while taking pictures of diplomats banging escorts. It's a dirty, exciting business that can destroy marriages, businesses, and even nations. Unless you work for Scientology's Office of Special Affairs, where the delicate skill of subterfuge is used not to topple tyrants but to harass two sarcastic Gen-Xers who made a cartoon mocking the guy from Cocktail.

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    One hundred percent accurate, apparently.

    Back in 2005, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone made headlines by using their show to attack an organization previously considered untouchable: Scientology. They did so by attacking its most famous acolyte, Tom Cruise, in an episode entitled "Trapped In The Closet" (we'll let you figure out what angle of attack they chose to go with). The episode caused quite a stir, especially when noted Scientologist and sexiest-voice-haver Isaac Hayes quit the show because of it.

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    Serenading grade-schoolers with songs about scrotal fellatio: Totally down.
    Co-workers joking about Xenu: BURN IT TO THE GROUND.

    But after a brief media battle, Scientology seemingly backed down and went back to bad-mouthing mental-health care. However, in 2011 a high-level defector started leaking Scientologist reports, some of which revealed that the organization hadn't stopped waging war on South Park at all -- they had just gone cold.

    Scientology's second-favorite way of dealing with detractors, next to suing the pants off people and then going back for the socks, is digging up dirt. Literally, as first Scientology hired a bunch of private investigators to go to the South Park offices and go through their trash. Not only that, these PIs also wrote down license plates, logged employee lunch habits, and reported on which offices were vulnerable enough for a "special collection." Next, they started profiling Parker and Stone's employees to find out who would be vulnerable enough to "interview," trying to get their close friends and colleagues to reveal anything that would embarrass two guys who make puppets 69 for a living.

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    Or whose idea of a "Christmas card" involves Jesus and Santa beating
    the dog shit out of one another.

    However, it seems South Park employees are as fiercely loyal as most Soviet sleeper cells, so the Scientology dicks (detectives) came up short. This triggered the next phase of the Scientologists' plan: inserting a mole into Parker and Stone's inner circle. A convert, who was also a film student, was to be used to infiltrate South Park and establish communications with the OSA. That never happened, of course, not in the very least because Hollywood internships are really, really hard to get -- even if you know Tom Cruise. The documented stalking dries up after those botched attempts, which probably means they stopped trying. That's somehow more embarrassing than actually spying on the most celebrated makers of animated dick jokes in the first place.

    Source:
    http://www.cracked.com/article_24112_5-crazy-but-real-plots-that-targeted-famous-celebrities.html
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  16. Random guy Member

    Failed mole? Nice, I guess the studio had an idea what they were up against.
  17. JohnnyRUClear Member

    Stopped trying? How out-tech.
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  18. The Wrong Guy Member

    Holy Shit, 'South Park' Is 20! Trey Parker, Matt Stone on Censors, Tom Cruise and Scientology's Role in Isaac Hayes Quitting | Hollywood Reporter

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    To tell the tale of the show — on the eve of its 20th season, premiering Sept. 14 — The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Parker and Stone, still very much involved in every aspect of the series, at their studio in L.A.'s Marina del Rey and more than 15 others involved in South Park's early development and production. The results: THR's extremely oral history of TV's most subversive cartoon.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/south-park-20-years-history-trey-parker-matt-stone-928212

    South Park creators reveal Scientology made Isaac Hayes stop voicing chef | The Independent

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    The 20th season of South Park is set to air imminently, creators - Matt Stone and Trey Parker - candidly talking to The Hollywood Reporter about the show’s long history.

    Notably, the pair spoke about Chef voice actor Isaac Hayes’ mysterious departure in 2005 following the release of 'Trapped in the Closet,’ an episode poking fun at Scientology.

    "When we did the Scientology episode, [Isaac Hayes, who was a Scientologist] came over, and I sat with him,” Stone told the publication. “It was like a day or two after, and it was pretty obvious from the conversation that somebody had sent him to ask us to pull the episode.

    “It had already gone on the air, and we didn't tell him because we didn't want him to be held accountable. Plausible deniability. [Four months after ‘Closet’ aired, Hayes quit the show via a statement, supposedly in protest.]”

    Hayes son, Hayes III, who was also in attendance during the interview, then revealed that his father “did not quit South Park; someone quit South Park for him.”

    Source:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-e...e-isaac-hayes-stop-voicing-chef-a7307316.html

    Scientology forced Isaac Hayes to quit South Park as Chef, says the late soul legend's son | Digital Spy

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    Hayes's son explained: "Isaac Hayes did not quit South Park; someone quit South Park for him. What happened was that in January 2006 my dad had a stroke and lost the ability to speak. He really didn't have that much comprehension, and he had to relearn to play the piano and a lot of different things.

    "He was in no position to resign under his own knowledge. At the time, everybody around my father was involved in Scientology - his assistants, the core group of people. So someone quit South Park on Isaac Hayes' behalf. We don't know who.

    "My father was not that big of a hypocrite to be part of a show that would constantly poke fun at African-American people, Jewish people, gay people - and only quit when it comes to Scientology. He wouldn't be that hypocritical."

    http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/n...-park-as-chef-says-the-late-soul-legends-son/
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  19. Isaac Hayes Didn't Quit 'South Park'; Son Says Scientology Quit for Him

    Billboard: Isaac Hayes Didn't Quit 'South Park'; Son Says Scientology Quit for Him

    http://www.billboard.com/articles/n...t-quit-south-park-scientology-did-for-him-son

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    When Isaac Hayes left the South Park staff with a letter in his name on March 13, 2006, it was not by his own doing.

    That public revelation comes according to Hayes' son, Isaac Hayes III, the manager of Isaac Hayes' estate, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter celebrating South Park's 20 year anniversary.

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    But according to Hayes III, the iconic soul singer did not quit on his own accord while he was incapacitated due to health issues .

    "Isaac Hayes did not quit South Park; someone quit South Park for him," Hayes III told THR. "What happened was that in January 2006 my dad had a stroke and lost the ability to speak. He really didn't have that much comprehension, and he had to relearn to play the piano and a lot of different things. He was in no position to resign under his own knowledge. At the time, everybody around my father was involved in Scientology -- his assistants, the core group of people. So someone quit South Park on Isaac Hayes' behalf. We don't know who."

    "My father was not that big of a hypocrite to be part of a show that would constantly poke fun at African-American people, Jewish people, gay people -- and only quit when it comes to Scientology," continued Hayes III. "He wouldn't be that hypocritical."

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  20. Esquire magazine has the story and quotes the Hollywood Reporter as follows:

    http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/news/a48603/south-park-isaac-hayes-scientology/

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    Isaac Hayes did not quit South Park; someone quit South Park for him. What happened was that in January 2006 my dad had a stroke and lost the ability to speak. He really didn't have that much comprehension, and he had to relearn to play the piano and a lot of different things. He was in no position to resign under his own knowledge. At the time, everybody around my father was involved in Scientology — his assistants, the core group of people. So someone quit South Park on Isaac Hayes' behalf. We don't know who ... My father was not that big of a hypocrite to be part of a show that would constantly poke fun at African-American people, Jewish people, gay people—and only quit when it comes to Scientology. He wouldn't be that hypocritical.

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  21. Tony Ortega now has the story, and notes that Roger Friedman, "has a very good idea who quit the show on Hayes’s behalf."

    Isaac Hayes didn’t quit, he was pushed (2nd item)

    http://tonyortega.org/2016/09/15/sc...rt-rejects-appeal-in-forced-abortion-lawsuit/

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    That assertion got picked up by dozens of other news organizations yesterday, and for good reason. But none of them seemed to do much checking to see that actually, Roger Friedman has a very good idea who quit the show on Hayes’s behalf.

    Do yourself a favor and read Roger’s piece rounding up his reporting on Hayes’s stroke, quitting the show, and death.

    The name Christina Kumi Kimball was not one that rang bells for us. Does anyone know what her involvement in Scientology is today?

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  22. “South Park” 20th Anniversary– How “Shaft” Composer Isaac Hayes Really Left the Show

    Showbiz 411: “South Park” 20th Anniversary– How “Shaft” Composer Isaac Hayes Really Left the Show

    http://www.showbiz411.com/2016/09/1...aft-composer-isaac-hayes-really-left-the-show

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    I see that thanks to the 20th anniversary of “South Park” there’s some discussion about how and why Isaac Hayes quit playing Chef on the show.

    Here’s my original story from March 20, 2006:

    Isaac Hayes did not quit “South Park.” My sources say that someone quit it for him.

    I can tell you that Hayes is in no position to have quit anything. Contrary to news reports, the great writer, singer and musician suffered a stroke on Jan. 17. At the time it was said that he was hospitalized and suffering from exhaustion.

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    Isaac’s income stream was severely impaired as a result. Suddenly there were announcements of his touring, and performing. It didn’t seem possible, but word went out that he’d be at BB King’s in New York in January 2007. I went to see him and reported on it here.

    The show was abomination. Isaac was plunked down at a keyboard, where he pretended to front his band. He spoke-sang, and his words were halting. He was not the Isaac Hayes of the past.

    What was worse was that he barely knew me. He had appeared in my documentary, “Only the Strong Survive,” released in 2003. We knew each other very well. I was actually surprised that his Scientology minder, Christina Kumi Kimball, with whom I had difficult encounters in the past, let me see him backstage at BB King’s. Our meeting was brief, and Isaac said quietly that he did know me. But the light was out in his eyes, and the situation was worrisome.

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  23. In answer to Tony's question, as first noted by Semper Phi on Tony Ortega's blog, according to a letter that Mike Rinder posted in his Thursday Funnies on July 28, Kumi Kimball is currently the Executive Director of the Harlem Foundation Org.

    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/thursday-funnies-94/

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  24. 'South Park' Irks Church of Scientology With Trolling Mobile Billboards.



    Hollywood Reporter: 'South Park' Irks White House, Church of Scientology With Trolling Mobile Billboards

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/south-park-irks-white-house-scientology-mobile-billboards-933121

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    In an effort to promote the 20th season, which premiered Sept. 14, mobile billboards have been placed in seven locations around the country depicting scenes that coincide with the trucks' placements.

    The marketing ploy did not go over so well with three locations: the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Church of Scientology.

    "We knew it was risky," Walter Levitt, chief marketing officer for Comedy Central told The Hollywood Reporter. "We knew some locations might not be pleased to have us out there, but we thought this is a perfect way to celebrate everything the series has covered in its 19 seasons."

    The billboard in front of the White House featured a cartoon President Barack and Michelle Obama. The Scientology truck featured a scene from the infamous 2005 episode "Trapped in the Closet" in which the church and its most famous follower, Tom Cruise, were skewered. All billboards stated: "We've Been There."

    "In some cases, the locals were not pleased to have us outside their locations and asked us to leave, but that was all expected, and we completely understand why," Levitt said, confirming "personnel" from the three aforementioned locations asked the trucks to leave the area.


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  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here's an update from Rod Keller, at The Underground Bunker. Quote:

    On another note, we received word that Scientologist Eric Sherman has died. Missing from the list of his credits below is the work he did on behalf of Scientology to investigate the creators of ‘South Park’ for their episode of Scientology, “Trapped in the Closet.” Sherman pumped Hollywood contacts for information about Trey Parker and Matt Stone as part of a failed effort to collect dirt on the pair. Former high level Scientologist Marty Rathbun called Sherman a “long-time OSA operative in the Hollywood community.”

    More at https://tonyortega.org/2019/03/25/s...apitalize-on-the-new-zealand-mosque-massacre/

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