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Matt Stone, left, and Trey Parker attend the Comedy Central Emmy after-party in Los Angeles in 2008.
The Church of Scientology has a storied history of swift and sometimes creative responses to media criticism from traditional ranks—such as print or TV outlets—and now here’s another about the group’s entanglement with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the colorful creators of “South Park,” courtesy of The Village Voice.
The Village Voice:
The document he revealed today suggests that Scientology had identified Parker and Stone’s close friends, and was examining public records on those people, looking for a vulnerability.
“To find a direct line into Stone and Parker some of their friends have been identified,” reads the document, which reads like a typical OSA report on an ongoing investigation. The church’s information allegedly was coming from Eric Sherman, a film consultant who Rathbun identifies as a Scientologist (the Voice is attempting to reach him), and who had talked with Troma Studio’s Lloyd Kaufman for information about Parker and Stone.
Several friends to the South Park duo are then identified: writer Matthew Prager (That’s My Bush), actor John Stamos, actress Rebecca Romijn, and writer David Goodman.