Thursday, May 18, 2006

Tom Cruise: Zero - South Park: Denny Crane!

Tom Cruise has lost his battle to prevent South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone from showing their Trapped in the Closet episode in the UK. The episode makes liberal fun of scientology in general and Tom in particular, and previously Tom had some success in getting it banned in the UK. He also managed to prevent Comedy Central from showing it by refusing to promote M:i:III if they did. However, as the movie has already opened in theatres worldwide, it seems Tom has lost his bargaining chip.

The episode was shown at London's National Film Theatre on Monday, in a free screening that accompanied a talk given by the show's creators. Afterwards, free copies of the episode were handed out. See, by making it all free, Parker and Stone completely avoid the argument that they are exploiting scientology and Tom's fame for their own commercial gain. Making it free leaves it completely in the realm of Freedom of Expression, and Tom doesn't have a leg to stand on.

What i want to know is, if he is so keen not to have the show aired, why doesn't he just zap Parker and Stone with his OT VIII super powers? Or control their minds so that they don't want to show it anymore and vow to attend at least one hundred scientology audits? Or, why doesn't he declare them Fair Game and send the scientology hit squad after them?

Because he can't, that's why. Cos there's no such damn thing.


Blogger Mr Angry said...

The SP creators are having similar problems with another episode from the same series "Bloody Mary". I won't go into details but it does include a statue of the virgin mary spraying the pop with mentrual blood. Where's the problem with that?

The "Tom in the closet" episode was aired in Australia months ago and I though it was hilarious. Particularly thend with Stan screaming "Sue me, I don't care, SUE ME!" I think the Bloody Mary episode was blocked here although I'm not sure - I may just have missed it.

May 22, 2006 4:44 AM  

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