Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum and Todd and Rod Flanders on The Simpsons got extremely offended by a minor veiled reference to Scientology written into The Simpsons and had it cut. Cartwright is a member of the cult of Scientology, and like Isaac Hayes she could always threaten to quit if her precious cult was satirized:
One guess who must be the first “freakiest”?
Cartwright certainly got the joke, but she didn’t like it, so the show dumped it according to insiders.
So even a purported allusion to Scientology got the axe at the Fox show.
No one would dare cross Cartwright – she’s essential to the show as the voice of Bart and it would be impossbile to replace her. The Simpsons did kill off one character. Maude Flanders died when it was rumored that voice actress Maggie Roswell asked for a raise in 1999. The Simpsons’ cast also held a strike in the spring of 2004. It was resolved within a few weeks with a new multiyear contract, the details of which were not disclosed.
Scientology is such a powerful cult that they can dictate the plot of the worlds’ most popular and longest running cartoon series. The best way to counter Scientology is by learning about how ridiculous and exploitive it is and talking about it with people you know. It’s not a legitimate religion and it should not have tax free status in America.