A cynic might say all the controversy in advance of last night's South Park was a shrewdly calculated maneuver to goose ratings.
Either way, it was ballsy of Comedy Central to air an episode savaging, Tom Cruise, star of parent company Viacom's "Mission Impossible" franchise, and putting him literally "in the closet."
The episode had something to do with Scientology and little Stan Marsh's being identified as the second coming of L. Ron Hubbard and R. Kelly brandishing a piece, but it was all basically an elaborate excuse for Tom to go into Stan's closet and refuse repeated entreaties to "come out."
It was barely even a one-joke gag, but Tom Cruise was the butt of it, so by definition it works. (Did anyone else think Tom's muffled voice from inside the closet sounded like Chevy Chase's "landshark" character? Or am I dating myself here?)
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