The South Park episode "Trapped In the Closet," which mocks actor Tom Cruise's rumored homosexuality as well as his belief in the controversial religion Scientology, has finally been seen by the English. The episode had been banned from UK broadcaster Channel 4 after Cruise had complained.
According to the World Entertainment News Network, London's National Film Theater screened the episode on Monday, May 15. After the showing, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker spoke about the necessity of free speech. The event concluded with free copies of the episode being handed out to attendees.
In regards to possible action by the litigious Cruise, a spokesman for the Theater said, "If we were charging [for tickets] there may have been legal problems, but it was a free event, so it should be fine."
The episode in question involves Cruise locking himself into a closet, and various celebrities trying to coax him out. Eventually, John Travolta ends up in the closet with Cruise. Both Cruise and Travolta follow Scientology, a religion created in the 1950s by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
South Park also sparred with Scientology when Isaac Hayes, a Scientologist, quit the show because of its lampooning of the religion. The show had its revenge several days later in the season 10 premiere by killing Hayes' character Chef in a number of comedically horrible ways. The brouhaha helped the episode score exceptionally high ratings.