Hollywood's break-up with Scientology

AnonKat

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"You don't have the f***ing rank": Hollywood's break-up with Scientology

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Gadfly

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Great article! :thumbsup:

Excerpt and final summary:

"Scientology needs celebrities; celebrities don’t need Scientology. The organization may provide a boost to up-and-coming actors and actresses wanting to get their foot in the door (as well as providing buffers between actors and the persistent rumors regarding their sexuality; another editorial entirely), but, other than 2000’s laughably terrible Battlefield Earth, based on L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics, Scientology hasn’t contributed much of concrete value to the entertainment industry other than tabloid fodder. Hollywood is a town built on, “What have you done for me lately?” If you’re not useful in some way, then a partnership is pointless. And right now celebrities, such as Katie Holmes, are realizing they have no use for Scientology, that being associated with the crazy antics of the Church will actually do more to damage their careers than help them.

As malcontent within and without its ranks continues to grow, Scientology’s stranglehold on Hollywood steadily diminishes, its grip weakened. It’s an ironic twist worthy of a Hollywood script that celebrities, those pillars the Church once counted on to uphold and support it, are now the very ones undermining its entire foundation. Only time will tell if the underpinnings holding the entire structure up will completely give way, but for now, it’s enough that the foundation is leaning and starting to fall."
 

Churchill

Gold Meritorious Patron
Agreed. And the loss of Milton Katselis, whose acting classes served as a feeder to Scientology has sharply curtailed rising-star celebrities from joining. Also, Sumner Redstone's coming to the correct conclusion that Tom Cruise is batshit crazy, combined with the fact that Hollywood's infatuation with Scientology's phony and self serving "Human Rights" and "social betterment" front groups has worn very thin and is widely wiewed as a very cynical manipulation of Hollywoods very genuine Philanthropic impulses.
George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Bono and others who genuinely care and freely give of their money and celebrity toward truly worthy causes must gag when they see "touch assists" being given to earthquake and tsunami victims. Miscavige does not realize that his phony photo-op philanthropy is as despised and detested in Hollywood as it is in the wider society.

Beginning with Tom Cruise's less than useless "detoxification center" near Ground Zero which was a massive PR flop. Incidentally, did anyone notice that the political support for the Tom Cruise Ground Zero Detoxification Center boondoggle, purchased in the form of Scientology $$$$ to corrupt New York politicians Margueritte Lopez and Hiram Montserrate ended when both politicians resigned in disgrace. They had kicked back Taxpayer funds to the Detox Center in exchange for having received political donations from Scientology. How convenient.

Later, Will and Jada Smith became laughinstocks as a result of their deep-pocketed support of a cult-inspired school that has severely under-performed (to put it kindly) only to be followed by the box office catastrophe of After Earth, widely believed to be another Scientology inspired turkey of a film.

The death knell for Scientology has sounded. And not a moment too soon.

All of these
Great article! :thumbsup:

Excerpt and final summary:

"Scientology needs celebrities; celebrities don’t need Scientology. The organization may provide a boost to up-and-coming actors and actresses wanting to get their foot in the door (as well as providing buffers between actors and the persistent rumors regarding their sexuality; another editorial entirely), but, other than 2000’s laughably terrible Battlefield Earth, based on L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics, Scientology hasn’t contributed much of concrete value to the entertainment industry other than tabloid fodder. Hollywood is a town built on, “What have you done for me lately?” If you’re not useful in some way, then a partnership is pointless. And right now celebrities, such as Katie Holmes, are realizing they have no use for Scientology, that being associated with the crazy antics of the Church will actually do more to damage their careers than help them.

As malcontent within and without its ranks continues to grow, Scientology’s stranglehold on Hollywood steadily diminishes, its grip weakened. It’s an ironic twist worthy of a Hollywood script that celebrities, those pillars the Church once counted on to uphold and support it, are now the very ones undermining its entire foundation. Only time will tell if the underpinnings holding the entire structure up will completely give way, but for now, it’s enough that the foundation is leaning and starting to fall."
 
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