Bernie Mac & Isaac Hayes

I know this is old news by now, but I wanted to share my thoughts on the deaths of Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes.

I remember seeing Bernie Mac for the first time back in the early 1990’s on HBO’s Make Fun Of White People Show Def Comedy Jam, and for the most part I found him to be more annoying than funny. I passed over most of the films on his resume, as well as his TV series, but I will admit that he was pretty entertaining in the three Ocean’s films with Pitt, Clooney, and the gang. This scene where he makes an uptight van salesman squirm by going on and on about his ashy hands (all while close-talking and not relinquishing a handshake) is one of my favorites from the series.

Isaac Hayes will probably best be remembered for his acting career in the 70’s and 80’s, as well as for his singing career, especially the theme from Shaft. To me though, he will always be Chef from South Park. It’s a shame that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone never reconciled with Hayes after he departed the show in 2006 after taking offense to Stone and Parker’s views on Scientology in the classic South Park episode “Trapped in the Closet” (Hayes was a Scientologist). It would have been nice to see Chef return to give Kyle, Cartman, Stan, and Kenny some more sage-like advice about vaginas and succubi. Oh, and who could ever forget one of the greatest songs of all-time?


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