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As the creators of Comedy Central’s long-running animated (and often controversial) series South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been ruffling feathers for over a decade. Apparently, this includes Scientologists, who may have responded to a bit of ribbing by the series by sending private investigators out to dig up dirt on Parker and Stone.
Back in 2005, during South Park’s ninth season, the series aired an episode called “Trapped in the Closet,” which featured Stan expressing an interest in converting to Scientology. Six years later, a former Scientology executive posted on his blog that the episode prompted the religious organization’s Office of Special Affairs to launch a thorough investigation on Parker and Stone, including identifying some of their celebrity friends. As reported by the Village Voice, when efforts made by the private investigators stalled, the OSA was looking to find a young filmmaker to pose as an intern and serve as a mole inside South Park studios.
The Voice goes into further detail on what’s been uncovered on this issue. It’s bizarre to say the least and seems to indicate that the OSA was looking for “vulnerabilities” and “strings that can be pulled” with regards to Parker and Stone, as well as information on other plans South Park may have in the works on the subject of Scientology. Needless to say, if protecting the reputation of the religious organization was (and presumably still is) a high priority for the OSA, this can’t be helping.
Here’s a clip from the “Trapped in the Closet” episode.
You can watch the full “Trapped in the Closet” episode here.