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Cruisin’ for Abusin’ or a Real “Mission Impossible” for Tom Cruise? March 21, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Humor, Movies, Movies & Entertainment, Religion, Stupidity.
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I admit, I have never been much of a fan of South Park, the animated series on Comedy Central. The show is well-known for disrespecting just about anything that is respected.

Recently, the show made headlines when one of the celebrity voice-talents, Isaac Hayes (famous for singing “Shaft” back in the 70’s), quit the show in protest of its “intolerance of religions.” Given the show’s willingness to poke fun at Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddism, and so on, it should have been no surprise that Scientology (questionable as a religion) would be a target for some potshots. Regardless, Hayes decided he’d had enough, and took his highly-in-demand (cough, cough) voice talents elsewhere. “Chef” (his character), would have to go.

Things took an interesting turn when Comedy Central (owned by Viacom) suddenly altered its plans to air several shows that made more fun of Scientology, and (among other things) the sexuality of Tom Cruise, one of the more famous/infamous Scientologists. BoingBoing has gone so far as to suggest that Mr. Cruise threatened to not help promote “Mission Impossible 3” (also produced by Viacom) unless Comedy Central changed their programming plans and the show’s creator’s agreed to not discuss the issue or reasoning behind the change.

Hostel as Perversion Immersion? January 13, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Morality, Movies, Sports.

I haven’t seen “Hostel,” and most likely won’t. Keep your shorts on though, because I’m not here to bash the movie, the genre, the actors, or the director. However, reading several reviews of the subject matter bring up some disturbing questions for me. Questions that go much deeper than one movie.