In an interview on AV Club, the non-satirical branch of The Onion, Isaac Hayes seems perfectly comfortable with the content and intent of South Park, the show he recently left after nine years in protest of its content and intent, particularly its mocking of Scientology. In the January 4th Q&A, Hayes says of Parker and Stone only that “I told them to take a couple of Scientology courses, and understand what we do,” then laughs. Some church muckamuck must have got to him. Xenu maybe. (t/y Adam Baran)
AVC: Do you ever challenge Trey Parker and Matt Stone on what they’re trying to say with South Park?
IH: Well, when I did “Chocolate Salty Balls,” I asked them, “Are you sure you want to do this stuff, man?” But then I looked into the studio and saw the whole crew in there cracking up. I said, “Shit, they might have something.” So I went on and did it, and I’m glad I did, because it was such a huge hit. In fact, when it was out in England during the Christmas holidays, I aced… who were those girls who were so hot then?
AVC: The Spice Girls?
IH: Exactly. I aced them for the number-one spot. [Laughs.]
AVC: There’s some pretty harsh satire on South Park. They don’t really care who they offend.
IH: But that’s their thing! They’re success was built on that cutting-edge stuff. I’ve had to defend them a lot of times. One time on BET Tonight I defended them because Tavis Smiley, the host on that show, was coming at me. It was a call-in show, too, so people were calling in. I told them not to take this stuff seriously. If you do, you’ll get in trouble. Just enjoy it. Remember your high-school yearbook? You look at those pictures now, you laugh, right? That’s what South Park is. You got to laugh at it. Because we cursed, but we just didn’t dare let the principals, the teachers, or the preachers hear it. And we didn’t turn out bad, okay? Just look at it that way. Also, usually there’s some kind of moral message at the end for the kids, by the Chef.
AVC: They did just do an episode that made fun of your religion, Scientology. Did that bother you?
IH: Well, I talked to Matt and Trey about that. They didn’t let me know until it was done. I said, “Guys, you have it all wrong. We’re not like that. I know that’s your thing, but get your information correct, because somebody might believe that shit, you know?” But I understand what they’re doing. I told them to take a couple of Scientology courses, and understand what we do. [Laughs.]