March 17, 2006
The First Amendment was created for Trey Parker and Matt Stone
One must appreciate Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creative force behind South Park. Wednesday, March 15, Comedy Central was scheduled to rerun the controversial "Trapped in the Closet" episode, which first aired on November 16, 2005. This is of course the episode in which Tom Cruise is mercilessly pounded in every orifice by Trey and Matt (he got f-d in the a). Cruise's sexuality is called into question, hilariously, and his big cause, Scientology, is exposed (much like South Park did in 2003 with the "All About the Mormons?" episode).
Variety is reporting that there are rumors Tom Cruise threatened to not promote his upcoming Mission: Impossible III, a Paramount Pictures picture, owned by Viacom, if the episode was played. Comedy Central is also owned by Viacom. Cruise, or his spokesperson(s), denies the rumor. He's good at that. I think it's cool, even if it's not kosher, that Tom Cruise has the kind of power to do something such as preventing an episode of a TV show from being broadcast. Even if he didn't (and I'll bet somebody on "Team Cruise" did cause it to happen), he could have. And you know M:i:III will be awesome and make a truckload of cash. Philip Seymour Hoffman as the villain? Please. It's going to be a good film.
But, in this David and Goliath-type situation, I must side with the "underdog", in this case, Trey and Matt. They bring me much joy. Here is their official statement:
"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!!!"
That's classic South Park humor.