Tuesday, March 14

Isaac Hayes: 'Chef' has left the kitchen

Holy Hamburger! Soul music legend Isaac Hayes is putting away his beloved pots 'n' pans. That's right: Ike is done with the animated series South Park, on which he's voiced the character 'Chef' for so long. He cites frustration with religious insensitivity for his departure.

A devout Scientologist, the hot-buttered Oscar Award winner for the Theme From Shaft says "growing insensitivity toward personal spiritual beliefs" in the media has his ire, including the recent controversy over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. He doesn't specifically criticize South Park's content, but part of the show's charm is its penchant to "go there" on just about any subject.

Ike has taken a thought-provoking stance. We really do need a paradigm shift -- or something -- on our religious outlook in America. We seem increasingly at odds with the notion of religious tolerance on which the nation was founded. We too easily make light of others' beliefs. But the reality is, warring between those of differing religious ethos is not at all a new phenomenon.

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Blogger Death said...

hmmmm, I beg to differ, I called bullshit on Mr. Hayes

6:59 AM  
Blogger Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

a nother memphis musician in the news

7:58 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

well, why do you think he left the show?

8:05 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

thank goodness, too. before Three 6 popped with the Oscar buzz, Isaac and Justin Timberlake were about the only Tennessee names i could give you. :-)

8:07 AM  
Blogger Death said...

check my site and you'll see why I think he left

9:17 AM  
Blogger SunshineMama said...

V, I'm so sad about this! I'm a south park fan and an Isaac Hayes fan. But why did he wait so long? South Park and has been making fun of all religions for quite some time now. But, oh well. Maybe he just reached a breaking point.

5:57 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

this with Isaac and South Park, on the heels of Dave Chappelle's dramatic exit, make me think that a new consciousness just might be on the horizon.

7:09 AM  
Blogger MosaicThump said...

I agree with Viqi French, I would have to say that there is some deep soul searching going on with entertainers these days. I think they are really looking for more clarity in their lives and consciousness. I think this is the reason that Mr. Hayes has come to believe that there is more to life than phat checks. His newfound clarity does not agree with the direction of the show at this time.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A far more realistic assessment would be to admit that Hayes''newfound clarity' was, uh...'encouraged' by those offended associates of Mr. Hayes who are far more powerful than he in this industry.

Mr. Hayes is an old small fish in a very big pond who cashed in some mighty big checks for years on this show while freely participating -without one huff -in series of satirical comic sketches on a variety of different religions. That is: until this one.

No, Mr.Hayes didn't "get no 'ligion"...he got a phone call...just like most "artists"...

2:58 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

let's hope so. celebrities have powerful voices, for better or for worse. maybe they're starting to trend toward the "better" end of the spectrum, taking a little more of a stand on the issues.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

let me guess: you think Tom Cruise called Isaac and sold him on quitting South Park to make a statement. ummm, that's a very interesting concept. i could see something like that happening, given Cruise's intense power surges.

6:45 AM  
Anonymous UntilTuesday said...

I think you all are right. I caught the tail end of a news report that implicates Tom Cruise in the South Park situation. Who does this lil man think he is? LOL

5:38 AM  
Blogger The Love Collective said...


Just showing some love.

2:35 PM  

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