Yup, it would appear chef is dead. At least, the one we knew.
Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef on South Park has quit the show, saying the can no longer be part of a show that mocks religion.
South Park of course has been lampooning various religions (including Judaism and Christianity) since it's beginnings, but it would seem a recent episode on Scientology was the deal breaker.
Here's what Hayes had to say (from the Toronto Star):
"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins. (..) Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honoured. (..) As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."
Props to South Park co-creator Matt Stone who called out Hayes on his bullshit stance:
"This is 100 per cent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem — and he's cashed plenty of cheques — with our show making fun of Christians. (We) 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."
Someone ought to roshambo some sense into Hayes.
Stan: Hey, do you know where I can find the clitoris?
Cartman: What is that like finding Jesus or something?
Cartman: Shut up - you fucking jew!!
Mr. Garrison: Eric, did you just say the 'f word?'
Scientology President: Wait a minute, whoa, whoa! You don't actually believe this crap, do you? Dummy! Brainwashed alien souls? E-meters and thetan levels? Those people out there buy that crap and I thought you were smart enough to see what was really going on!
Stan: But you said that there were -
Scientology President: What's better than telling people a stupid story and having them believe you? Having them pay you for it, stupid!
Cartman (singing): I want to get down on my knees and start pleasing Jesus. I want to feel his salvation all over my face.
Cartman: The poor kid passes it to the Jew, the Jew shoots. He misses! Proving once and for all that Jews cannot play hockey!
Kyle: Shut up Cartman! Your body is bigger than the goal!
Cartman: No, I just have a sweet hockey body.
Stan: Look, is this a religion? Because my family is like, Catholic or something.
Brian: Oh, that's not a problem at all. Scientology is more of an alternitive to psychology than a religion.
Stan: Then how come that sign says "Church of Scientology"?
Brian: Oh, that's just a thing. [changes subject] What's the Denver Broncos' record now? Six and two?
Teacher: Kyle, concentrate!!!
Cartman: Maybe he should be sent to a concentration camp.
Chef: Hello there, children.
Stan: Chef! What would a priest want to stick up my butt?