Posts tagged "scientology"

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 Relative,” she will be addressing why she left, as well as talking about life inside the church.
In a clip from this season (which you can

Robyn Pennacchia / July 16, 2015

Sorry, But Tom Cruise Is Not Leaving Scientology — And He Probably Never Will

If you’ve spent any time on the internet in the last few days, you’ve likely seen a couple of posts on your favorite blogs or a few of your faves tweeting about a story in Star magazine claiming that Tom Cruise is finally, at long last, leaving the Church of Scientology. Star cites an “insider” who says Cruise…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 7, 2015

#Problematic: Jon Hamm Was Once A Frat Bro, Kylie Jenner Does Blackface & Jaden Smith Dons A Dress

This past week was punctuated by some stark reminders  that our world still needs a lot of shaping in order to be a fair, just and loving place. I know this is a pop culture column that exists as a tongue-in-cheek internet roast, and is not an ideal platform for a civil liberties chat. But…

Chloe Stillwell / April 13, 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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 9, 2015

John Travolta Won’t See “Going Clear” Because He Was Never Abused

Haha, you didn’t actually think there was a possibility that John Travolta would remove his blinders, take his fingers out of his ears, and stop screaming “LALALALALALALALALALA” long enough to actually consider seeing “Going Clear,” the HBO documentary that makes it irrefutably clear that the Church of Scientology is a cult that has committed untold

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 7, 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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 5, 2015

#Problematic: Instagram Hates Your Period Stains, Trevor Noah Faces Backlash & “Going Clear” Goes After Scientology

No matter what happened to you this week, you have a brand new Sufjan Stevens record to sonically guide you through the ephemeral waters of your mommy issues, mortality, and misgivings with faith. The internet has deemed Carrie and Lowell simply “his best”, and even drifted into some convoluted comparisons with Bob Dylan. At the…

Chloe Stillwell / April 3, 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,…

What To Watch Tonight: HBO Documentary “Going Clear”

If you’re anything like me, you are completely obsessed with any show, movie or documentary about creepy cults and religions. If you are in a cult right now, I’m so sorry, but you probably aren’t reading this anyway because the internet is mostly likely considered a tool of the devil and you’re spinning wool i…

Katrin Higher / March 29, 2015

I’m Really Sorry, But That Gawker Whole Foods/Katie Holmes Exposé Is Not As Exciting As It Seems

J.K. Trotter at Gawker’s Black Bag vertical did a very, very, very in-depth investigation of a claim from 2012 that Katie Holmes, living at the Chelsea Mercantile at the time, shortly after she left ex-spouse Tom Cruise, had a secret entrance to the Whole Foods that occupies the ground floor of the building. Paparazzi had…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 27, 2015

“Going Clear” Scientology Doc Reveals Tom Cruise Had Nicole Kidman’s Phone Tapped

“Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief,” which premiered this past Sunday at Sundance, promises a variety of disturbing revelations about the secretive and notoriously vindictive church founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

Along with the stuff we’re used to hearing — like how the church abuses its members and destroys families,…

Robyn Pennacchia / January 27, 2015

Scientologists Compare Documentary About Scientology To Rolling Stone’s UVA Scandal

The Church of Scientology took out a full-page ad in today’s New York Times and other papers, claiming Alex Gibney’s documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” is a journalistic failure on par with Rolling Stone’s story about the UVA rape scandal. Because they’re the Church of Scientology, and that is what they…

Robyn Pennacchia / January 16, 2015

Kirstie Alley: “I’m Not Some Fucking Fake OT-7!”

In an interview with Howard Stern Monday morning, actress Kirstie Alley dished about Scientology and her feud with ex-Scientologist Leah Remini.

Well, sort of. In the limited way that Scientologists can dish about Scientology because all the Scientology things are secrets you must pay ungodly amounts of money for.

Anyway, Alley…

Robyn Pennacchia / January 13, 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…

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…

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…

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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 20, 2014

Scientology “Minders” Followed John Travolta Every Day For TWO YEARS After His Son’s Death

Scientology “minders” followed John Travolta every single day for TWO YEARS when his faith in the pseudo-religion “wobbled” after his teenage son’s death in 2009. Jett Travolta, who had autism, died suddenly on a vacation in the Bahamas after suffering a seizure. Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, didn’t publicly acknowledge Jett’s autism until…

Jessica Wakeman / February 13, 2014
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