Saturday, March 18, 2006

Xenu vs. Humanity
The battle continues

"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!!

— Trey Parker and Matt Stone, servants of the dark lord Xenu."

The scheduled rerun of the Scientology episode of South Park, featuring a Tom Cruise that would not come out of the closet, has been yanked from Comedy Central's schedule, according to ABC News.

The Internet blogger said Thursday that Cruise threatened to not promote "Mission: Impossible 3," a surefire summer blockbuster, if the offending episode ran. Comedy Central is owned by Viacom, as is Paramount, which is putting out the film.
[Note: is, at least temporarily, offline.] Whether or not the allegation is true, or whether the Scientologists threatened spurious yet costly lawsuits, the comment thread on this QandO Blog post on the subject is proof of an alternate universe. In the real world, however, you can download the episode here.


basil said...

Perhaps, if we're lucky, Tom will be so principled (like Chef) as to quit working for Paramount - maybe he will abandon Hollywood altogether? Then he could start writing science fiction to pay his Scientology dues instead . . .

Phronk said...

That comment thread is one of the scariest things I've ever read. What really bugs me about Scientology is that it covers its lies and true nature by attempting to use logic and "science". Reading the comments on that link, it's clear that logic usually escapes them, though. E.g."More than 1 million Americans have died under psych "treatment."

Uh oh, I guess psychiatric treatment is deadly! And I've read that more than 3 billion Americans have died within a day of eating a banana. Watch out for bananas!

Pietr said...

Up until the forties in America it was de-rigeur to sterilise inmates in mental hospitals.
I'm sure the nutters who stopped that particular delight were equally frightening, eh?

Phronk said...

Hardly analogous. That was stopped because we learned MORE about mental illness and psychiatry...not because we replaced it with quasi-religious lies.

If Scientologists had an argument against medicine that was based on science, truth, and logic, then I'd listen. When they base it on fiction, they're "nutters".

Honey Pot said...

I heard an interesting take on it on one of the news channels. Some news fellow, can't remember his name, thought it was all a publicity stunt. That would make sense. South Park makes fun of everyone/anything, and there was not much of a kerfuffle about it. Great publicity for the show, and a way for the Scientologist to get some free advertising to help build their war chest, for when the aliens land to take over the planet. These are well-educated, wealthy people who believe in the tin-foil hat entity.

basil said...

Some folks will do anything to appear to be members of an exclusive club - even if it means wearing a $100 000 tin foil hat.

Pietr said...

Nice one, Phronk.
Incidentally, what is is with US administrators and this tendency to pro-Nazi recidivism?
Why do they keep yearning for Bismarck?
(The US army has even adopted German helmet designs).(How do the Israelis like that?The 1967 Egyptian army had actual WW2 German garb, and poison gas stocks ready for the Israeli civilians.And Dr. Kurt Tank of WW2 Focke-Wulf fame designed a jet fighter for them.Mossad assassinated him.)