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TrappedInTheCloset

Simpsons win Emmy, South Park does not

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 20th 2006 2:09PM
simpsonsThere was a lot of talk about the "Trapped in a Closet" episode of South Park, Tom Cruise's alleged involvement in trying to have it taken off the air, and how it spurred Isaac Hayes to leave the show (or spurred his pals in the Scientology community to convince him to leave, depending on what you read). The episode came back into the limelight when it was nominated for an Emmy, but alas, it didn't win. Instead, that honor went to The Simpsons, which won for the episode "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story." Producer Al Jean did reference the South Park episode in his acceptance speech, however, joking, "This is what happens when you don't mock Scientology." I'm happy to see The Simpsons win their ninth Emmy, but between their episode and South Park's, I have to say South Park's was much better.

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South Park's Scientology episode will air again

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 12th 2006 3:43PM

south parkSouth Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have had to fight quite a few battles over the last several months, from the "Bloody Mary" episode that upset some Catholics to the two-part "Cartoon Wars" episode that was censored by Comedy Central. The two creators had become so fed up they almost walked after the network pulled the "Trapped in the Closet" episode that skewered both Scientology and its most vocal supporter, Tom Cruise. Rumors were abound as to why the episode was pulled, with some, including Parker and Stone, claiming Cruise himself had a hand in it. Well, whatever reason the network might have had is apparently no longer relevant because the episode will return on July 19. No word on whether those censored images of Muhammad from "Cartoon Wars" will ever be seen, though. Of course, you could always just watch the opening credits for that.

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