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 number of ex members who have been excommunicated from the Church — descended upon the post’s comments section accusing Miller of essentially penning an endorsement for the controversial faith, while others implied that Miller might be a Scientologist herself. Miller defended herself in the comments, writing, “I’d only heard the story from an outsider’s perspective, and I was curious about what an average, active member might have to say. The piece was meant to present — not endorse — her opinions and experience to the reader.” While I believe Miller’s intentions were good (and I don’t believe she’s a member herself), I’d like to join those ex members in calling bullshit on her methods. Her “profile” of “Elaine” reads very much like straight up propaganda, not journalism. Keep reading »
“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 developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, fell under this umbrella of baseless general opinion. The school shuttered earlier this year, reportedly due to fallout once parents discovered that they were paying $23,000 a year for their spoiled Hollywood kids to be, well, brainwashed. Perhaps Leah Remini could clear this one up for us? A more comprehensive take on Jaden’s wi$dom… Keep reading »
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. Keep reading »
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 “Imma wife you” mode.
It’s been rumored that Erika Christensen, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Alba auditioned for the role of Mrs. Cruise. Recently, actress Nazanin Boniadi told Vanity Fair that she auditioned for Cruise in 2004. They “dated” for about 2 months before Tom moved on. Ms. Boniadi (aka Nora from “How I Met Your Mother”) was basically punished by the “Church” of Scientology for being dumped by Cruise and left the organization. Read more at Evil Beet Gossip…