Comedy Central airs South Park’s Scientology episode

A South Park episode that mocked actor Tom Cruise and Scientology will air later this month after a repeat of it was axed in March.

“This episode just happens to be rotating back in [the schedule]”, said Comedy Central spokesman Tony Fox.

“If they hadn’t put this episode back on air… we wouldn’t be doing anything else with them,” South Park co-creator Matt Stone told trade magazine Variety.

The channel denied pulling the March show to appease Scientologist Cruise.

Cruise also denied reports suggesting he threatened not to promote his film Mission Impossible: 3 if the episode was broadcast.


The film was released by Paramount, which is owned by Viacom. The company also owns Comedy Central.

The cable TV comedy channel said the schedule change in March enabled it to screen two extra episodes featuring Isaac Hayes, who played Chef.

Hayes, also a Scientologist, left South Park just a few days before the re-run was axed.

He had objected to an earlier episode sending up his religion.

The episode that was dropped in March, titled Trapped in the Closet, will now be shown on Wednesday.

Possibly Related Products

AFFILIATE LINKS

Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission — at no additional cost to you — for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this service free of charge.

Source

(Listed if other than Religion News Blog)
BBC, UK
July 13, 2006
news.bbc.co.uk

More About This Subject

Topics:
This post was last updated: Nov. 8, 2013