Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Scientology Update

1) Isaac Hayes quits "South Park" after the show makes fun of his religion -- Scientology. Kudos to co-creator Matt Stone who noted that Hayes didn't have a problem when the show was "making fun of Christians." Or Jews. Or Muslims. Or Catholics. Co-creator Trey Parker adds that they "never heard a peep out of Isaac in any way until we did Scientology. He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin."

2) Brokeback Mountain author Annie Proulx rants that
the Hollywood Scientology bloc may have been responsible for the movie that she (and Ken Wheaton would undoubtedly would also) calls "Trash" winning the Best Picture Oscar.

For what it's worth, a friend who decamped to Hollywood for about a year to try his hand in the acting business says that he was surprised at how many Hollywood royalty were Scientologists (i.e. it's not just Tom Cruise and John Travolta). Of course, this sort of talk raises unflattering comparisons to the old "Jews run Hollywood" line (except, of course, that since
Jews created Hollywood, what's the big deal that they "run" it?).

However, Proulx's disparagement of Crash and her raising the Scientology angle brings up an interesting idea: Is much of the creative friction in Hollywood now a proxy fight between the "Scientology Mafia" and the "Gay Mafia"?


Talk about a "War of the Worlds"!

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