There was this tiny article about Isaac Hayes, the man who gave voice to the Chef in South Park leaving the cartoon because an episode made fun of the Church of Scientology, of which he is a member.
Co-creator Stone said Hayes would be released from his contract and had the best wishes of the South Park team.
Stone said: "In 10 years and over 150 episodes of South Park, Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslim, Mormons or Jews.
"He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show."
So this got me thinking about this Open Forum I'd attended a while ago- on the Danish Cartoons and a conversation that followed. At dinner soon after, a few glasses of wine down, I turned to my friend Adil to ask him about his views on the reaction to the cartoons. At the forum most of the panelists had condemed the cartoons for hurting Muslim sensibilities, especially given the volatile situation we live in. I asked Adil what he thought of my question-- weren't the cartoons highlighting extremist Muslim violence; something that happened again when the news of the cartoon spread over the world? He considered this vulgarity worse than invading Iraq or anything else that has taken place in the recent past- but he lamented that the 'West' will never understand how serious this is because the reaction from much of the Muslim world seems to be the same for everything. I had not considered this before.
When Steven Barnett, one of the panelists mentioned satirical attacks on religion, such as South Park and Christianity, Woody Allen and Judaism, in the same way these cartoons should be taken in stride. Not everyone can see things in the way you do, and one must make allowances like that. A girl got up and said something to the effect 'but we don't WANT to make fun of the Prophet, why do you want to push us on this?'
So you can understand why the South Park blurb caught my attention.
FYI: For anyone interested in writing for television, Jane Espenson has this great blog where you get some insight into the writing process. Plus, she's great so have a look.
Another thing, for some reason I read Kane and Abel again (after a long time although since I first discovered it this must be the 100th time or more!) The moment when William Kane, after impulsively going to this Chapel in England, demanding to be maried, giving a donation to cut through the red tape, demanding the ceremony NOW turns to Kate and says (paraphrasing) 'Darling, this might be a stupid thing to ask at this point, but will you marry me?
The Priest says 'Good Heavens! You mean you haven't even asked her?'
That moment. Makes. Me. Smile! :)