When Trey Parker and Matt Stone aired the South Park episode Trapped in the Closet which poked fun at the highest beliefs held by the church of Scientology whiling also poking fun at two of their best known members John Travolta and Tom Cruise the church decided not to sit by idly and take the jabs at face value.
According to internal documents which were recently unearthed by Marty Rathbun, a former Scientology executive, the church called for a “classic” investigation into the men’s lives.
That “classic” investigation is said to have included identifying the friends of Stone and Parker, performing public records checks and even going through both men’s garbage to find any incriminating evidence they could rustle up.
Rathbun says the church went through trash bins for:
“Phone records. Bank records. Personal letters that expose some kind of vulnerability. They’ll read stuff into the kind of alcohol you’re drinking and how much. Prescriptions. They’ll figure out your diet. They can find out a lot about you through your trash.”
Speaking about how much dirt the investigation was digging up Rathbun told The Village Voice:
“You can see that the commanding officer is pissed off and not enough is getting done.”
I personally find it hilarious that the church of scientology thought any dirt dug up on the creators of South Park would in same way allow them to pull strings, after all these are the same guys who make fun of mentally handicapped people, god, mormons and rednecks, sometimes all at once, bad publicity for South Park is Christmas come early.