Hollywood Interupted on Comedy Central’s decision to spike South Park’s Scientology episode.
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.
While hilariously lambasting yet another religion on South Park doesn’t exactly qualify Parker and Stone as suppressive persons, I have to question Mark Ebner’s characterization of Tom Cruise’s alleged efforts to nix Wednesday’s planned re-airing of the episode as blackmail. How is it blackmail for Cruise to stay home rather than to promote Mission Impossible 3?
“So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun!” – Trey Parker and Matt Stone