Trash Adding Insult to Emmy
This morning brought the announcement of the 2006 Emmy nominations, and you are forgiven if you don’t give a shit. (Desperate Housewives is up for best hairstyling!)
However, there are a couple distinct delights among the nominees, one personal—a “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy” nod for My Name is Earl’s Jaime Pressly, who cracks my shit up like no other woman on TV—and one political: a “Best Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)” nod for the Tom Cruise-roasting, Scientology-bashing South Park episode “Trapped in the Closet.”
Culture buffs will remember this South Park episode for unleashing a shitstorm of controversy, allegedly driving offended Scientologist Isaac Hayes from the cast, and allegedly inspiring Tom Cruise to demand the show never be aired again. (Cruise denies playing a part in the fracas, but the show was indeed yanked from Comedy Central’s roster of re-runnable programs.)
And now the good folks of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are celebrating the episode as an exemplary bit of television. Was the nomination motivated by the Academy’s love of prickly satire, hatred of Tom Cruise, or both? Who knows, but you can download and view the whole “Trapped in the Closet” episode here, and watch the 58th annual Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast on August 27.