Monday, February 07, 2011

He Is Not Anonymous


I never thought I'd say it, but this just about makes up for Crash.

Scientology, meet the human time bomb that just detonated inside you. Good luck slurring and discrediting this one.

The New Yorker: The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology/2.14.11

Take time out of your day and read this from start to finish. It's worth it.

Adding: It dawned me that this gives me yet another excuse to run one of my favorite things ever. I'm not kidding when I say that I go back and watch this every once in a while simply because it's just that crazy. I've said it before but it bears repeating: The next time you see Tom Cruise acting coy and humble and otherwise behaving seemingly normal during a press junket for one of his movies, remember -- this is the real him. This is what he's momentarily tamping down for public consumption. This is what he's dying to unleash.

15 comments:

brite said...

That was an excellent and thoughtful article Chez...thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

I find Scientology terrifying and endlessly fascinating. Still, I liked Crash.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry...other than the kids that get force into Scientology by their parents, I feel nothing but contempt by any of the fools that get into this crap. I thought swallowing transubstantiation was ridiculous as a child...how can anyone buy into this crap?

Stephen said...

Excellent...thanks for posting this. I just watched John Sweeney's Panorama piece. Absolutely nuts.

IBG said...

I'm glad Haggis had an epiphany after 35 years but that doesn't make up for being too smart to be enough of a tool to spend 35 years in Scientology, which is not a religion in any meaningful sense of the word. It's a business, operated like a cult. Its sole purpose is to grab hold of someone by the ankles and use their insecurities and weaknesses to shake every nickel out of their pockets. They also out themselves by their own paranoid wagon-circling every time they're criticized. Only people with something to hide counter-attack that quickly, and that vehemently. They know that doubt is dangerous because it can lead to truth, and truth can bring the whole house down.

Heather said...

Fascinating article. I shared it with the other half, as he spent 13 years working for a Scientology owned doctor's office (he is not and was not a Scientologist himself). He confirmed pretty much everything in it, saying that after 13 years around it he has seen damned near every person in that article come through. None of what is said here are lies.

The DO force disconnection from families and loved ones who criticize or leave the group. They do have all sorts of crazy rules. The RPF thing is very true and the conditions there are terrible. Slave labor? Yep. Here in LA I am not too far from their headquarters on Sunset. The apartment buildings they have people living in are pretty terrible. They actually do track you down if you try to leave, will call you, harass you, visit you at home and at work. It is absolutely nuts.

Chez said...

Thanks for the inside info, Heather. None of that surprises me, unfortunately.

vernonlee said...

I love the moment in this video the author mentions in the New Yorker article - where he gives one of his characteristic noises instead of actually finishing the sentence: the writer transcribes it as "poo."

Chez said...

Yeah, that gave me a chuckle too.

Prophet of Ra said...

"Dad! Tom Cruise won't come out of the closet!"

I had to watch that after reading this. Any idea why it is dated February 14, 2011? Is it not going to print until Monday?

Yacob said...

What does tom cruise mean when he says "I will not hesitate to put my ethics into someone else"???

Chez said...

"I'm beaver-shit crazy!"

Iris said...

Well, that video gave me the fucking chills. I think I'm going to have to read the article tomorrow, lest I dream of Shrimpy McLooneypants there. Nice turtleneck, douchenozzle.

Also, that is a tremendously bad voiceover job. Don LaFontaine is spinning in his gold-plated coffin. [On an industry note, I bet he has ISDN down there]

Iris said...

OK, I read it. Nay, I devoured it.

It reads almost as crazy as the Wikipedia page on said "religion." Read the linked article now and drive around the block to avoid so much as rolling past one of their poorly-spelled "Celebrity Centres." Super creepy and sad.

Lisa said...

Just got around to reading this. Very much worth my time; thanks Chez.