Posts tagged "cults"

True Story: So This One Time I Was Rejected By A Weird Sex Cult

I was 15 years old when we moved to Rochester, NY. The big fight we had at the time was that I thought I should go to the School of the Arts and study acting, and my parents did not. I was pretty sure I would be awesome at being Irene Cara — and Taye…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / April 22, 2015

Scientology HBIC David Miscavige Spent $10K A Week Spying On Father

Well, well, isn’t this damning. According to a 2013 police report, the church paid, via a third party,  two detectives $10,000 a week to do full-time surveillance on Ronald Miscavige Sr., 79, for 18 months, including placing a GPS tracker on his car. Apparently church leader David Miscavige was afraid that his father, who had recently…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 9, 2015

You’ve Got To Watch “SNL”‘s Hilariously Scathing Scientology Spoof

This fake commercial from last night’s “Saturday Night Live” may be about a religion called the “Church of Neurotology,” but all of the details so closely resemble actual facts from the HBO doc (and book of the same name) “Going Clear,” that you almost can’t even call it a spoof of Scientology. Made to look…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 5, 2015

6 Additional Scientology Horror Stories We’d Like To See Covered In A “Going Clear” Sequel

Last night, HBO aired the documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief,” which we at The Frisky have been excitedly awaiting since first hearing about it, as we are giant nerds about knowing everything there is to know about Scientology. In fact, Amelia helped research the book Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman! And,…

Child Molesting Minnesota Cult Leader Arrested In Brazil

Over the weekend, Brazillian authorities arrested Victor Arden Barnard, a former “minister” who thought he was Jesus, and has been wanted in the United States on 59 charges of sexual misconduct, after having molested at least two girls from the ages of 12 and 13 onwards. He is currently being held and awaiting extradition.

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 2, 2015

Watch A Bunch Of Scientologists Get Really Psyched About A Whole Lot Of Nothin’

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last eight years or so just immersing myself in Scientology silliness, so it’s kind of impressive to me that the Church still manages to amuse, surprise and horrify me as much as it does. Keep up the good work, Operating Thetans! This weekend, a friend sent me…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 29, 2014

HBO Is Turning Lawrence Wright’s Epic Scientology Exposé Into A Documentary And I Am Here For It

Welp, I think it’s safe to say that executives at HBO have been added to the Church of Scientology’s lengthy suppressive persons list, as the cable network is poised to turn Going Clear into a documentary. Due out in 2015, the documentary will be directed by Alex Gibney and be based on Lawrence Wright’s impeccably…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 24, 2014

Why Aren’t Victims Of Cults Treated With More Seriousness And Respect?

Yesterday, I wrote a response to a Refinery 29 profile of an anonymous Scientologist named “Elaine” which I believe glossed over very serious allegations of abuse within the Church and ultimately served as a piece of PR masquerading as “journalism.” I took issue with a number of aspects of writer Kelsey Miller’s reporting on thi…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 21, 2014

The Problem With Refinery 29’s Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

The lifestyle website Refinery 29 is in a bit of hot water after writer Kelsey Miller published a profile of a young, female Scientologist called “Elaine” (not her real name) that, frankly, could have been ripped from the pages of Freedom magazine. (Freedom is the Church of Scientology’s propaganda magazine.) Former Scientologists — including a…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 20, 2014

Michelle Pfeiffer Used To Belong To A Breatharian Cult

I haven’t thought about Michelle Pfeiffer in a while, but regardless, she is the last person I would expect to admit she was once a member of a cult. Pfeiffer told the UK’s Telegraph newspaper that back when she was just starting out in Hollywood, she “got involved” with a couple who fancied themselves “personal trainers.” They…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 4, 2013

10 Essential Movies & Documentaries About Cults

Something you may not know about me: I’m really into anything involving cults, save actually being in one. I can’t get enough of books, internet chat rooms where former members meet to discuss their stories, and, of course, movies and documentaries about cults, real or made up. Frankly, I wish there were more movies about cults, but consider thi…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 7, 2012

Freedom’s Just Another Word For Orgasmic Meditation

I’m willing to bet most of you have Monday mornings that go something like this: alarm goes off at 6:30 AM, you hit snooze 3 times before rolling out of bed at 6:49, you shower, get dressed, walk the dog, and then grab a banana or breakfast bar before heading out to fight traffic o…

By: Wendy Atterberry / March 16, 2009