Jesus. That was some send off. Isaac Hayes’ Chef character was struck by lightning, impaled, shot, mauled by a mountain lion, eaten by a grizzly bear, and accused of being a child molester. Why the big sendoff? The South Park boys have a beef with Scientology and Isaac Hayes. However, they may rethink their beef with Mr. Hayes.
He had a minor stroke in January and is now at home for rehab and recuperation. As close friends told me over the weekend, he did not resign from “South Park” or issue any kind of press release to that effect.
Also, according to an interview with Isaac Hayes, he apparently had no problem with the South Park Scientology episode.
In the completely made-up story, Chef is brainwashed by an organization of child molesters called the “Super Adventure Club.” In order to cure Chef, Kyle, Stan, Cartman and Kenny take their friend to a psychiatrist, a frowned-upon profession among Scientologists.
In the end, Chef dies a million Kenny deaths, only to live on, sort of, as a Darth Vader version of himself.
At his funeral, Kyle urges South Park residents to remember Chef as he was, before the brainwashing. If there is to be anger, he says, don’t direct it at the beloved cafeteria worker.
Rather, says Kyle, “we should be mad at the fruity little club for scrambling his brain.”