By now you’ve probably heard the news that Laura Prepon is leaving “Orange is the New Black” midway through season two of the Netflix hit. It’s an odd move for the actress, who hasn’t exactly had a lot of work since her career-making gig on “That ’70s Show” ended. Why would she want to leave such a successful and talked about new show, especially when her role as Piper’s drug-dealing ex has become increasingly more significant? Well, some speculate that her decision may have something to do with her being a Scientologist. Prepon has been a member of the Church of Scientology since she began dating Chris Masterson (brother of her “That ’70s Show” costar Danny Masterson), who was raised in the Church.
The controversial “religion” (I prefer the term cult, but whatevs), while not anti-homosexuality in the same way as, say, the Westboro Baptist Church, still considers being gay a “sexual perversion,” as Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard put it. Back in 1951, Hubbard introduced the “tone scale,” which allowed him to rate human beings and their behavior on a chart from +40 (the most beneficial) to -40 (the least beneficial). Sexual perversion, which in Hubbard’s view included homosexuality, was given a rating of 1:1 and defined “the level of the pervert, the hypocrite, the turncoat [and] … the subversive.” In other words, in Hubbard’s and thus Scientology’s outlook on the world, gay people are pretty much the dregs of humanity. Now, the Church has tried to argue that they aren’t teaching an anti-gay agenda, but if you know anything about Scientology, you know Hubbard is considered the one and only “source” and his word is gospel. Like, you don’t question or edit a word that he says. Ever. That shit’s perfect! Plus, Scientology executives has long been rumored to have influence over the career choices of their celebrity members — remember when Katie Holmes decided not to reprise her role in “The Dark Knight” in favor of doing that awful movie with Queen Latifah? Yeah. It’s not entirely crazy to think maybe the Church frowned upon Prepon playing a big ol’ lesbian.
Personally, I could give a hoot about Prepon’s character Alex, though I do find her eyebrows absolutely mesmerizing, and would be perfectly happy if every celebrity Scientologist had less work and thus less money to donate to the Church. If this theory is true, the Church’s shitty career advice is to their own detriment. Oh wellz. [New Now Next]