Thursday, May 18, 2006

Open the door

The fact that Tom Cruise is trying to censor another artist tells you all you need to know about him and his cult. Fortunately, Cruise's bid to keep the "Trapped in a Closet" episode of "South Park" from airing in the UK has failed.

The episode, which shows a cartoon version of Cruise being locked inside a cupboard, was shown at London's National Film Theatre on Monday.

The show was originally taken off air by British TV network Channel 4 in January amid complaints.

Or complaint. I doubt anyone in Great Britain, besides Cruise and his team of attorneys, was much bothered by the episode.

Organizers were thrilled the actor failed in his attempts to stop the free screening, which accompanied a talk given by creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, insisting it was a display of free speech.

A spokesman said, ""If we were charging there may have been legal problems, but it was a free event, so it should be fine."

What legal problems? Are British broadcasters even more spineless than their American counterparts?

Either way, it's always heartening when good defeats evil (and make no mistake: Tom Cruise is evil incarnate).

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