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The South Park Conspiracy Continues

Posted by Failed Success on 03/21/06 at 04:05 PM

Tom CruiseThe great South Park scandal of ‘06 continues as another log is thrown into the fire. You can’t buy publicity like this.

Earlier we had reported about the, now infamous, “Scientology” episode titled “Trapped in the Closet” and how it led to the departure of Isaac Hayes who played the character “Chef”. Now the drama and outrage behind that episode has erupted even further.

Comedy Central was due to air that episode “Trapped in the Closet” this week, but it was suddenly pulled from the lineup without any explanation. Rumors are circulating that Tom Cruise blackmailed Viacom, the parent company of Comedy Central, into pulling the episode off the air.

“Trapped in the Closet” not only features some hardcore ripping on Scientology, but it also takes some playful jabs at Tom Cruise as he locks himself in a closet and refuses to come out, prompting numerous requests from different characters for Tom to “come out of the closet”, subtlely hinting at Tom Cruise’s possible homosexuality.

If the rumors are true, it would seem that Tom does not enjoy his religion nor his sexuality being questioned. Allegedly, Mr. Cruise is using his upcoming promotion of the movie “Mission Impossible 3” as a tool for blackmail. He would refuse to promote the movie, in which Viacom is a financial backer, assuring that movie would have a lackluster box office turnout. I know that if I didn’t go see the movie, it would definitely be because Tom didn’t promote it; not because it sucked or anything like that. Viacom, not wanting to hurt their bottom line, agreed to pull the offending episode from Comedy Central’s lineup as not to upset their leading man.

South Park Creators Trey and MattExcerpts from Hollywood Interrupted and BoingBoing.net put the whole debacle into perspective:

“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!

One thing is for sure, this whole mess is garnering a plethora of free publicity for the show. Not only will multitudes of people be tuning in for the new season that starts in a couple days, but the “Trapped in the Closet” episode, which was funny but not one of the most popular episodes, is now becoming the most famous and well known episode of South Park ever created. Good job Tom, I hope you are on their payroll and getting some dough out of all of this.

Watch the full episode of South Park’s “Trapped in the Closet” on Youtube.com

You can also download a .wmv version of the episode here

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