During MCM Comic Con London in 2018, April Stewart answered a variety of questions from the press about her time at South Park. Of course, it wasn’t long before she was asked about some of the show’s more controversial episodes and how she felt they were part of the show’s ongoing legacy.
“There’s one that I think I’m a little nervous about talking about, and you know, it was the Scientology episode,” Stewart explained. “You know, if you look at the credits on that, we’re all Jane and John Smith.” Given that the Church of Scientology has a long history of retaliation and reprisals against anyone who speaks out against it (via The Atlantic), Stewart’s concern here, even so many years later, is definitely understandable.
“But I think it’s great that we made it,” Stewart concluded. Fans may recall that “Trapped in the Closet” was so offensive to the Scientology community that former “South Park” star and Scientologist Isaac Hayes left the series for so insulting the episode (via The Guardian) .
There were even rumors that Tom Cruise – the world’s most famous Scientologist – threatened to stop public relations for Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible III” unless Comedy Central aired a repeat of the episode, since both Comedy Central and Paramount are owned by Viacom (via the Los Angeles Times).
Despite this controversy, which the LA Times dubbed “Closetgate,” this episode easily remains one of the show’s most iconic, which is probably why Stewart hasn’t hesitated to show her support for it.