"Trapped in the Closet" is the twelfth episode of the ninth season of
the Comedy Central series South Park. It originally aired on November
16, 2005. The plot of the episode centers on the South Park character
Stan Marsh, as he joins Scientology in an attempt to find something
"fun and free". After the discovery of his surprisingly high "thetan
levels", he is recognized as the reincarnation of the founder of the
church, L. Ron Hubbard. Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef, quit the show
shortly before the start of the tenth season. The reason for his
departure, as reported by Matt Stone, was due to his faith in
Scientology and this episode, which—despite initially supporting the
show's satirical take on several talk shows—he claimed was very
offensive. "Trapped in the Closet" was nominated for an Emmy Award in
July 2006, in the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated
Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) category in July 2006,
but lost to The Simpsons episode "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story".
The episode was featured among Comedy Central's list of "10 South
Parks That Changed The World", spoofed by Conan O'Brien in the opening
segment of the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards, and mentioned in the
Scientology critique film, The Bridge.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Catalan Company defeated Walter V of Brienne in the Battle of
Halmyros and took control of the Duchy of Athens, a Crusader state in
Cricketers representing England and Australia began the first match
in Test cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne,
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February
Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule.
Nazi German troops began their occupation of Czechoslovakia and
established the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
Iran–Iraq War: Iraqi forces began attacking the Kurdish town of
Halabja with chemical weapons, killing up to 5,000 people.
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As long as our government is administered for the good
of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures
to us the rights of person and property, liberty of conscience, and of
the press, it will be worth defending.
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