In a land far away, way past Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong and the children above average, sits this strange village of potty mouth brats who all walk about as if there very bodies are nothing more than cut-out paper. The name of this village of mythical origins is called South Park. What many do not know is there is a strange connection between the two .
Lake Wobegon, a quaint little community of confused Norwegians who sit around taverns, drink cheap beer and eat way too much lutefisk, gave us this philosophical young man who moved to the Twin Cities and got a job playing folk music on Minnesota Public Radio in the early 70's.
This man, Garrison Keillor, invented The Prairie Home Companion Show and created numerous humorous characters who were celebrated over the years. Keillor said theese imaginary people never understood him because he was a philosopher of sorts, and a person who was just to imaginary for a small town of people who look suspicious towards overly bright people.
For numerous years we laughed, tapped our toes to the music and often put ourselves mentally onto the streets of Wobegon where we were able to walk down and sit on the dock, fish our summer away or put on our skates in the winter and glide across the lake.
Then things changed. Keillor married, moved to Denmark, divorced, came back, resided in New York, then returned to the Twin Cities. Now all these many years later he is just another voice crying in the wilderness of liberal politics. He knows his next meal depends on Minnesota Public Radio who spoon fed him throughout his humorous early days.
Now he is a sour despondent old man who still fills himself from the pockets of tax sponsored radio. To keep his audience, he now rags on conservatives, Christians and the folks who once thought of him as imaginary. All the lesbians fled Lake Wobegon and trucked off to San Francisco because middle America would not accept them much as he imagined they wouldn't like him.
Turn if will you to South Park. A cast of rotten mouth degenerate fourth grade children belly ache about everything a real child that age would never think to say. Over the years they have infected their audiences with garbage. Now Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef his kissed South Park goodby.
This was his response to Associated Press:
"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins," the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said.
Was it Christianity that stopped Hayes in his tracks. How about Islam, or Judaism. No it was his shtick that offended him to the depths of his soul.
South Park took aim at Scientology last November upsetting the followers of Hollywood believers with an episode called Trapped in the Closet, that portrayed the crumb cruncher Stan as savior by the Scientology church leaders, while an animated Tom Cruise would not come out of the closet.
It seems as if Hayes was in his comfort zone offending Christian, Jews, Muslims and as many other people as the producer could think up. But when Scientology was thrown in, Hayes ran out.
So where is the similarity between Keillor and Hayes. I guess they both have a schizophrenic value system. Keillor has abandoned his warm, American humor for hatred so to keep his MPR paying audience. Hayes abandoned his rotten humor towards everything so he can keep nothing.
Now on prairiehome.publicradio.org one can order The Gospel of Jesus read by Garrison Keillor. How about Hayes reading the Koran? You connect the dots, this whole mess is confusing me.
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