Posts tagged "scientology"

“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, drains it…
By: 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…
By: 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 informed Stern that…
By: 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…
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."…
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 --…
By: 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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 13, 2014

Tom Cruise Confirms Katie Holmes Left Him To Protect Suri From Scientology

Awhile ago, Tom Cruise sued the publishers of In Touch magazine over their claims that he "abandoned" his daughter, Suri, after his divorce from Katie Holmes. In a deposition taken this September that has just been made public, Cruise was asked numerous questions about Scientology and Katie's fears about the "religion." After repeatedly…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 7, 2013

Jaden Smith Encourages You And Yours To Drop Out Of School

"School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth," claimed Jaden Smith, 15-year-old child actor and Scientolo-spawn, during an unsubstantiated Twitter semi-tirade over the weekend. The irony! Unfortunately, Jaden failed to clarify whether or not the late New Village Leadership Academy, founded by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on the basis of a curriculum…
By: Rachel Krause / September 16, 2013

Is Laura Prepon Leaving “OITNB” Because Scientology Hates The Gays?

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…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 13, 2013

Another Ex-Scientologist Reveals She Auditioned To Be Tom Cruise’s Wife

Tom Cruise dodged all sorts of reports that before marrying Katie Holmes he “auditioned” women to be his wife. That he rented out space in a Scientology center and mislead many women into thinking they were auditioning for a film when in reality, he was trying to skip over the whole “dating thing” right into…
By: Evil Beet Gossip / August 27, 2013

Leah Remini’s Missing Persons Report For Shelly Miscavige Tossed Out

The LAPD has shut down a missing persons report filed by "King Of Queens" actress Leah Remini for Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology founder David Miscavige. Shelly has reportedly been living in seclusion for several years and Remini, who recently left the cult, filed a missing person's report this week.
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 9, 2013

Leah Remini Files Missing Persons Report For Shelly Miscavige, Scientology Leader’s Wife

Actress Leah Remini, who recently left the Church of Scientology in one of its biggest celeb departures, filed a missing person's report yesterday in Los Angeles for Shelly Miscavige, wife of the church's leader, David Miscavige. Shelly Miscavige has reportedly been living in seclusion for several years. Remini wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2013

Scientology Defector Leah Remini Writing Tell-All

Leah Remini, the "King Of Queens" actress who recently left the Church Of Scientology in a high-profile split, is writing a tell-all memoir about her life. She told Us Weekly the tell-all will cover "my experiences, everything that's taboo to talk about" — presumably this means life in Scientology. [Hollywood…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 5, 2013

Ex-Scientologist Leah Remini Declares: “No One Is Going To Tell Me How I Need To Think”

Actress Leah Remini is continuing to question Scientology less than a month after she famously left the controversial Church. "We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about," the 44-year-old told People at an event over the weekend. Read more on Celebuzz...
By: Celebuzz / July 29, 2013

Kirstie Alley Is Really Mad At Leah Remini

As we told you last week, the Church of Scientology has another famous defector! Leah Remini, best known for her role on "King of Queens," has officially left the cult that she has been a member of for over 25 years, after reportedly becoming unhappy with church leadership and…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 15, 2013

Leah Remini Breaks From Scientology

Actress Leah Remini from "King Of Queens" has quit Scientology after years of butting heads with the leaders, questioning their methods and refusing to distance herself from people the cult deemed "suppressive persons." That's gonna be one epic brunch she and Katie Holmes will be having. [Page Six,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 11, 2013

Two Necessary Additions To Your Crazy Cults Bookshelf

If you're a friend of mine and have tried to make plans with me the last few weeks, you've likely failed, because i have been very busy planning my infiltration into the upper echelon of Scientology. And by "planning" I mean reading Going Clear by Lawrence Wright and Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill, two new fascinating and in-depth…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 19, 2013

Pray Tell: Jenna Miscavige Hill And Megan Phelps-Roper Escape Scientology And the Westboro Baptist Church

This week, two women who escaped from extreme religious sects told their stories. One escaped from Scientology, the other from the Westboro Baptist Church. Although a small number of people grow up inside groups like these in America, it's as important as it is startling to hear from these women and hear how, even i…
By: Lilit Marcus / February 7, 2013
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