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Subject: Religious backgrounds of well known individuals.
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: johnnylingo-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 16 May 2005 16:57 PDT
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Question ID: 522386
Are Matt Stone and Trey Parker Mormon by baptism?
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Subject: Re: Religious backgrounds of well known individuals.
From: ipfan-ga on 17 May 2005 14:38 PDT
I wondered the same thing after watching part of "Orgazmo" and that
one "South Park" episode on Mormons.  If Stone and Parker are baptized
Mormons, they are definitely pissed off about it for some reason.
Subject: Re: Religious backgrounds of well known individuals.
From: johnnylingo-ga on 17 May 2005 15:12 PDT
Agreed, although I found the "All About Mormons" episode to be more
fair to the religion than a lot of other pop-culture references I've
Subject: Re: Religious backgrounds of well known individuals.
From: politicalguru-ga on 18 May 2005 01:28 PDT
Dear Johnny Lingo, 

They do not appear in any list of people who are mormon or even in
lists of people who are "rumoured to be mormons" (e.g., Steve Martin).

Parker said on an interview to Playboy, regarding "Orgazmo":

PLAYBOY: You grew up around Mormons, right?

PARKER: Oh yeah. Utah's right next door, and there was a lot of
overflow. My first girlfriend was a Mormon.

PLAYBOY: What is the funniest thing about Mormons?

PARKER: Well, to me, the funniest thing is that I've never met a
Mormon I didn't like. They're good people. You could say the movie is
a shot at Mormons, but on the other hand, the guy who is a Mormon is
the guy who wins and the guy you like. He doesn't change faiths or
anything like that. It's not so much that Mormons amuse me, it's that
they represent and end-all wholesomeness.
(SOURCE: South Park Cows, Interview

In an interview to Mr. Showbiz on the same topic he said: 

"Have you known any Mormons in your own life?

Oh yeah, I grew up in Colorado, so we had a lot of Mormons that we
went to school with. Actually, my first girlfriend was Mormon. Every
Mormon I've ever met is a great person, and to me this was a great
character?I didn't go out of my way to make him give up his religion,
like Joe's been stupid all this time. He remains a Mormon, he wins, he
destroys evil, and stays a Mormon. The Mormons win.

Interestingly enough, when we were in pre-production on Orgazmo and we
were living down in Playa del Rey [California], two Mormons came
knocking on the door. I said, "Oh, thank you. Come on in," and it was
perfect because I was working on those scenes where they were knocking
on the doors. I sat there and listened to their whole spiels and
afterward I said, "Thank you, I can't thank you enough. I'm writing a
movie about you guys and you just totally helped me." They were just
like, "Oh.""
(SOURCE: South Park Cows, Interview

Finally, in an article titled "Mormon Villains in Movies", the writer
states: "For the record, Parker has never been a member of the Church.
" (SOURCE: Mormon Villains in Movies, LDS Films,
The main site is here: 
Theatrically Released Feature Films with Major Characters who are
Latter-day Saints/Mormons

So, to sum up, the answer is "probably not", unless they keep it a
secret. Would you like me to post my answer officially and get paid
for it?
Subject: Re: Religious backgrounds of well known individuals.
From: johnnylingo-ga on 18 May 2005 13:22 PDT
I'd rather get a definite answer on this one... though I realize that
short of getting the official baptismal logs of the LDS church, it'll
be extremely hard to come by.

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