cults

Duggar-Affiliated Cult Leader Bill Gothard’s Sexual Abuse Victims Speak Out

Both women were former rape victims who came to Gothard for help.

Robyn Pennacchia | February 19, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Pam Anderson Gets Brainwashed By A Wellness Cult In Connected

Wellness culture is definitely a sort of horror show to me. Between deprivation from perfectly normal food (like, you know, meat), hivemind-ish workouts (I’m looking at you, SoulCycle), and an

Rebecca Vipond Brink | February 17, 2016 - 5:30 pm

If You Like Documentaries About Weird Cults, You Need To Watch Children Of The Stars STAT

“Children Of The Stars” is available on Hulu, and you need to watch it, like, now.

Robyn Pennacchia | February 16, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Leah Remini On Scientology: Criticizing Tom Cruise Means “You Are Evil”

Mark your calendars! Cancel your plans! Leah Remini is going to be on “20/20″ this Friday night, dishing some dirt on the Church of Scientology, of which she was a member from…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | October 26, 2015 - 1:30 pm

FLDS Leader Warren Jeffs’ Children Say He Sexually Abused Them

Jeffs is still running the FLDS from behind bars.

Robyn Pennacchia | September 30, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Leah Remini Explains Why She Left Scientology

In 2013, actress Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology after having been a Scientologist for pretty much her entire life. In season 2 of her reality show “It’s All…

Robyn Pennacchia | July 16, 2015 - 10:00 am

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…

Robyn Pennacchia | April 22, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | April 9, 2015 - 10:30 am

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

Amelia McDonell-Parry | April 5, 2015 - 3:00 pm

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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry & Robyn Pennacchia | March 30, 2015 - 2:30 pm

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,…

Robyn Pennacchia | March 2, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | December 29, 2014 - 11:30 am

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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | November 24, 2014 - 4:30 pm

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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | November 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm

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)…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | November 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm

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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | November 4, 2013 - 9:20 am

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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | November 7, 2012 - 9:00 am

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…

Wendy Atterberry | March 16, 2009 - 3:00 pm