Tom Cruise told Viacom, parent company of Paramount and Comedy Central that he would refuse to promote Mission Impossible 3 if the controversial and hilarious South Park episode which attacks Scientology and hints that he is gay, was not cancelled Wednesday. Cruise apparently won. The episode was cancelled per Tom’s demands. Viacom, which is banking on MI3 to be a summer blockbuster, told South Park series creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, not to discuss this matter to avoid embarrassing Cruise as they did Isaac Hayes last week when the actor, also a Scientologist, quit his role as the voice of “Chef”. Hayes claimed that “bigotry and intolerance toward religious beliefs” led to his decision, but Stone pointed out that “Hayes had cashed plenty of checks while the show made fun of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.” Tom Cruise has a history of being a Hollywood bully and is reportedly responsible for Katie Holmes’ missing sex scene in her upcoming film, Thank You For Smoking.
Why a major corporation has to get on all fours for an actor is something I will never understand, especially one as deranged as Tom Cruise. The millions of dollars he makes for being a talking monkey allows him the visibility and supposed clout to lash out at anyone and anything who questions his ridiculous cult. If his name was David Koresh, I’d already be stocking up on marshmallows.
Here’s the episode in case you missed it: