Follow up: Maybe Issac Hayes didn’t really quit “South Park.”

Now this is interesting. According to Roger Friedman of FOX News Issac Hayes couldn’t have quit South Park and someone else is trying to speak on Hayes’ behalf:

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.

It’s also absolutely ridiculous to think that Hayes, who loved playing Chef on “South Park,” would suddenly turn against the show because they were poking fun at Scientology.

Last November, when the “Trapped in a Closet” episode of the comedy aired, I saw Hayes and spent time with him in Memphis for the annual Blues Ball.

If he hated the show so much, I doubt he would have performed his trademark hit song from the show, “Chocolate Salty Balls.” He tossed the song into the middle of one of his less salacious hits and got the whole audience in the Memphis Pyramid to sing along.

I can tell you, Hayes was very pleased with himself, was in a great mood and, as always, loved his fans’ coming up to him and asking him about Chef.

As recently as early January, before his stroke, Hayes defended the “South Park” creators in an interview with “The AV Club,” the serious side of the satirical newspaper, The Onion.

AV Club: They did just do an episode that made fun of your religion, Scientology. Did that bother you?

Hayes: Well, I talked to Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker] about that. They didn’t let me know until it was done. I said, ‘Guys, you have it all wrong. We’re not like that. I know that’s your thing, but get your information correct, because somebody might believe that [expletive], you know?’ But I understand what they’re doing. I told them to take a couple of Scientology courses and understand what we do. [Laughs.]

The truth is, Hayes has a sly sense of humor and loves everything about “South Park.” It’s provided him a much-needed income stream since losing the royalties to the many hits he’s written, such as “Shaft” and “Soul Man,” in the mid-1970s.

Even though he’s one of America’s most prolific hit writers, Hayes has been denied access to profits from his own material for almost 30 years.

But it’s hard to know anything since Hayes, like Katie Holmes, is constantly monitored by a Scientologist representative most of the time. Luckily, at the Blues Ball he was on his own, partying just with family and friends. He was very excited about having gotten married and about the impending birth of a new child.

It would not surprise me in the least if someone in the Church of Scientology is trying to take advantage of Hayes suffering a stroke to try and bring about the end of South Park. The Scientologists are known for going to extremes to silence criticism of their cult and have engaged in some pretty underhanded things to do it. Looks like we won’t know for sure until Hayes is well enough to speak for himself, assuming he has had a stroke and is in recovery.

12 thoughts on “Follow up: Maybe Issac Hayes didn’t really quit “South Park.”

  1. The Jehovah’s witness cult does the exact same thing, they have been running a campaign trying to shut down any websites that quote their embarassing predictions and doctrines from the past.

    As for scientology I read battlefield earth, now there’s a week or so of my life I won’t ever get back, glad I didn’t see the film though. Oh that L Ron Hubbard what a guy, err I mean nutcase of course!

  2. South Park, how I love thee…

    (paraphrased)

    “Even though most of us don’t really agree with some of the decisions Chef made over the past few days, we shouldn’t be mad at him for leaving us.  It wasn’t really Chef, it was that fruity little club that scrambled his brains!”

    It’s a MUST-SEE LOL

  3. S-Sadie …

    Had Hayes simply said, “As you all know, I am a devout Scientologist and I feel that I cannot in good conscience continue participating in a television show that mocks my spiritual beliefs,

  4. LJ19 writes…

    Check your facts, John; don’t believe something just coz it’s at SEB.

    I’d like to second that sentiment. Don’t take anything here at SEB as gospel. We’ve been wrong before and I’m sure we will be wrong in the future on any number of topics. Sometimes our sources don’t provide the whole story. Sometimes we let our own biases and prejudices get in the way. This is why I try to include links in every entry I post so folks can check it out for themselves and make up their own mind.

  5. I wonder if there’s some kind of Andy Kaufman/Jerry Lawler thing going on here.  Could Isaac Hayes be in cahoots with Matt and Trey, playing a giant joke on the world? 

    But the Scientology did it theory is plausible too.

    Hmm…

  6. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m a bit disappointed no Scientologists have shown up here to break a lance with.  Where are all you dianeticians?  At least fundybaiting gets us some action. oh oh

  7. Both Scientologists and fundamentalist Christians seem to share a compulsion to bully their detractors. Whereas Christian fundies seem to employ empty rhetoric and/or antequated legislation in their efforts, Scientologists use their ample bread and perceived clout to silence their critics. Still, it would be interesting to “debate” a fundamentalist Scientologist (is there even such a distinction?).

  8. If we ever were to attract the attention of the Scientologists chances are they’d just try to have us shutdown rather than actually attempt a discussion with us.

  9. Btw- anyone who wants to see the South Park Scientology episode online, here it is.  The story is pretty cute, but the funniest stuff is the straight reporting of what Scientologists actually believe.  There’s a sucker born every minute…

  10. That was great! My favorite gag was the written text at the bottom of the screen which read “This is what scientologists actually believe.” Incidentally, watching that episode I learned more about Scientology than I ever cared to know.

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