Satirical cartoon show, South Park, is now the latest target of the Hollywood-based cult, loved by the likes of Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Scientology.
According to today’s (UK) Independent, the religious cult’s PR wizards, are applying their dark arts to digging up enough dirt to smear the show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They haven’t been successful yet - and, indeed, the effort could be futile.
Unless the comedy duo is secretly responsible for a kind of holocaust, as opposed to the ‘crime’ we do know of: a clutch of two or three pretty unfunny episodes in an average season. Parker and Stone just strike me as impossible to insult – they pelt everyone else, expect the same back, and have thick enough skins to deal with it.
I reckon the ‘leaked’ memo outlining the smear effort was probably ‘leaked’ by the cult’s PR team itself – in a desperate bid to drum up some publicity.
My top 4 long form articles on cult religions
Annnyway, if you, like me, love reading about the weird machinations of cult religions, then you might twist your melon on these fantastic long form newspaper/magazine reads from the archive.
- Thomas Morton joined three cults simultaneously for Vice Magazine in 2006
- Writer Paul Haggis’ fierce battle to leave Scientology in the New Yorker, 2011
- "The Manson Family preached peace and love and went around killing people. We don’t preach peace and love…” – Lyman family member Jim Kweskin, in a lengthy Rolling Stone investigation from 1971.
- How two little rich girls spent $100m on a cult - from The New York Observer, 2010