Sunday, March 26, 2006

the death of Chef in 14 frames

All praise to A Arte da Fuga for providing the YouTube video link that allowed me to make this decidedly lo-tech account of the death of a beloved South Park regular.

For those who haven't had the chance to see how Trey Parker and Matt Stone chose to get rid of the Chef character after Isaac Hayes, the soul-singing voice of Chef, quit "South Park" for ostensibly religious reasons (Hayes is a Scientologist), here's how it went down:

This is right up there with the "death of Spock" scene in "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan." Rest in peace, Chef. Good riddance, Isaac. Note to Parker and Stone: now that you've killed off a black character that violently, good luck finding an African-American voice actor to take Chef's place.



Joel said...

I think most African-Americans will see it for what it is. The death of a crazy cult follower of scientology and and not the violent murder of an African American. If anything was going to hurt them getting another African American it would be "Token" or "Operation Human Wave" (from the movie) against Canada.

Kevin Kim said...

I wasn't being entirely serious with that last comment. I agree: most African-Americans won't see Chef's death in a racial light. Besides, one expects political incorrectness from "South Park."