Isaac Hayes is leaving South Park. Apparently, it has to do with their recent anti-Scientology episode (Hayes is a Scientologist.) South Park creator Matt Stone said that he “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.”
This is a very telling reaction from Stone, whose “fuck you” attitude has informed the political beliefs of a generation, mostly without any factual basis at all. South Park has created its own anti-PC version of political correctness, where anyone who dares acknowledge differences between blacks, whites, or anyone else is a PC shock troop, and anyone who has the temerity to accept that people in general don’t know what’s good for them is a proto-fascist.
What has been received for years by younger (white) Americans as a positive message is really just the latest phase in white reaction to race issues: ignore it and it will go away. We have all the excuses we need: OJ got off because he’s rich, and, uh, oh yeah, Condolezza Rice. Nothing to see here, move along.
South Park was funny, popular, and ground breaking for nothing more and nothing less than its sense of humor. Once the creators tried to have messages, and be political, they changed my impression of them from comedic geniuses to dilettantes simply out of their depth. Advancing the argument that voting is stupid, that people who try to stop others from smoking are evil themselves, and that race issues are in the past is, frankly, wankerish. In other words, it’s ok to make fun of religions, handicapped people, and gay people as long as you realize you aren’t being serious. Thinking that you are somehow advancing something righteous in the process is where you become lame.
And what’s worse, they wouldn’t get off it, either. So, now Chef’s gone. Maybe they’ll follow their self-cast roles as tortured, not-to-be-understood-in-their-time artists and cancel the show to preserve its purity.