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Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park and all-round comedy gods, are running into trouble with the Scientologists over an episode that took the Michael out of the money-earning con job religion.
First, Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef and noted Scientologist, resigned in protest. Tom Cruise has also brought his power to bear with various threats of legal action, etc, which caused a repeat of the episode to be replaced with another one from the first season.
But whatever you think of Parker, Stone and South Park, you have to appreciate guys who can withstand the pressure by issuing this 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!!!
”Trey Parker and Matt Stone, servants of the dark lord Xenu.“