‘South Park’ Scientology/Tom Cruise Spoof Rejoins Lineup
Posted on Jul 12, 2006
The Emmy-nominated episode that lampooned Tom Cruise and his Scientology beliefs will rejoin the rotation on Comedy Central, nearly four months after the network yanked it, reportedly under pressure from Cruise himself, who allegedly threatened not to promote “M:I:III” unless Viacom pulled the episode. (Viacom owns both Comedy Central and the movie studio that produced “M:I:III.”)
Comedy Central is finally respecting Cartman’s authoritay.
One week after South Park’s controversial “Trapped in the Closet” episode garnered an Emmy nomination, and nearly four months after it was abruptly pulled from rotation on the cable net, Comedy Central has finally acquiesced and will allow the Scientology-skewering episode back on the air.
And clearly not a moment too soon.
“If they hadn’t put this episode back on the air, we’d have had serious issues, and we wouldn’t be doing anything else with them,” cocreator Matt Stone tells Variety.
From E! Online
Tom Cruise lampooned on “South Park.”