"Criticising the hit US television series South Park for being offensive is a bit like criticising Antiques Roadshow for focusing too much on old things. But this has not prevented the soul singer Isaac Hayes from quitting the show in outrage at its treatment of Scientology - ending a nine-year association with a cartoon that has left few other religious or political groups unmocked."Yeah, mocking world religions that are thousands of years old and have millions of adherents is ok but when you pick on some mumbo-jumbo made up by some science fiction writer to fleece gullible celebrities of their dosh - that's just taking it too far.
"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends, and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins," Mr Hayes said in a statement. "As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."Yes - taking the piss out of Scientology; I was immediately reminded of the civil rights movement too.
Isaac - Shaft was cool but this is definitely, unequivocally, without a shadow of a doubt deeply uncool.
Is there a theologian/expert on whacky cults that can explain exactly why Scientology makes people uncool? Tom Cruise is a Scientologist, isn't he? And he's really uncool. And I can't accept John Travolta as an exception. He only retains a wee bit of coolness because a) he can dance b) he was in Pulp Fiction. But left to his own devices, the apparent inherent uncoolness of Scientologists is unleashed and we get Battlefield Earth, or whatever that turkey he made is called.