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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

No longer "Trapped in the Closet"

Comedy Central has agreed to rerun last season's South Park episode, "Trapped in the Closet," after pulling it earlier this year, purportedly because the makers of M:I:III wanted it pulled because it skewered Tom Cruise and Scientology.

Of course, what all of the commentators failed to note at the time (but which E!Online alludes to in this article) is that what was probably much more controversial was the episode's focus on Tom Cruise being literally in a closet for the duration of the episode, and being joined in the closet by John Travolta and R. Kelly. Throughout the episode reporters would say "Tom Cruise and John Travolta are in the closet" and Nicole Kidman even appeared, telling Tom that everyone knew he was in the closet and he should just come out of the closet. (Isaac also pointed this out back in March.)

I don't know if Comedy Central has decided to put the episode back in its rotation because it has been nominated for an Emmy (although there are definitely better season nine episodes, most notably "The Losing Edge" and "Ginger Kids") or because creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone had said if Comedy Central didn't reinstate the episode, they wouldn't work with the network anymore.

Regardless, I am very glad it's back.


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