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Tom Cruise's public insanity is proving to be the most entertaining celebrity meltdown, well, ever, but his fans seems to be even madder than he is. Look at what one Cruiser-lover said*:
I'm proud to say that I'm a Scientologist, and it's easy to see why Tom talks about it a lot. It's not just another religion, it's a way of life. I know what the Jews must have felt like during the holocaust, because in present, a lot of people who are ignorant to our religion, scoff at it and makes jokes so as to make themselves look bigger and more important.

You know what the Jews must have felt like during the holocaust? You KNOW WHAT JEWS MUST HAVE FELT LIKE DURING THE HOLOCAUST? Until Scientologists are being stripped of their civil rights, banished from their homes and jobs, spending their entire lives in a state of terror that they'll be randomly siezed by the SS, and finally being murdered en masse, they don't have any fucking idea how Jews felt during the Holocaust. Unspeakable idiots.

*Link from Defamer.

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yiskah
Jun. 15th, 2005 10:04 am (UTC)
OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE. Am torn between horror and hilarity.
stellanova
Jun. 15th, 2005 10:06 am (UTC)
Me too! It's just so incredibly, ridiculously dreadful and stupid.
jane_the_23rd
Jun. 15th, 2005 10:20 am (UTC)
Even Johnny has Tom Cruise fever. It's too riveting to ignore, but JEWS!? During WHAT?!

Would it be wrong to make some sort of snide remark about a massive celebrity Scientologist roundup? If so, relish the wrongness.

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jeejeen
Jun. 15th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
I've chosen hilarity, meself.
septembergrrl
Jun. 15th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
That's a really painfully offensive thing to say. I think people should be barred from making Holocaust or rape metaphors unless they actual;ly personally experienced said events.
altoidsaddict
Jun. 15th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
I think Holocaust comparisons should be made when the situation is actually comparable, which of course Tom Cruise is not, but if you look at The Sudan or East Timor or the Ibo in Nigeria it's all to easy to see parallels. Demystifying the Holocaust and translating it to contemporary situations is, IMO, essential to understanding it - such as Art Spiegelman's Maus or the rediscovery of concentration camp humor.

And, well, I've never believed that rape is a taboo subject banished from jokes or anything but the weightiest of conversations. The weight of rape is mental and entirely subjective, which is what gives rape its power over women. I would be happy if the stigma were removed to the extent that someday we would feel no differently about it than we feel about aggravated assault - at which point it would be stripped of its usefulness to a good deal of sex offenders as well. If we hold tragedies on some kind of societal pedestal, we're never going to figure out how to deal with them.
septembergrrl
Jun. 16th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
Of course it's appropriate to compare the Holocaust to other ethnic cleansing -- I was speaking more of the kind of "comparison" Cruise was making, where anyone vaguely disapproving is a Nazi, any dislike is equivalent to concentration camps.

As for rape ... I see what you're saying about the power being in our minds. At the same time, though, I still think it's hideously callous when someone compares, say, having an officemate take a pen off their desk to sexual assault. I'm not sure if I feel the same about trivial comparisons to other crimes; I certainly don't object to "that was a slap in the face."
kylegirl
Jun. 15th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
Ah. I feel less bad about making fun of Scientologists now. And after having read this.
stellanova
Jun. 15th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
Bwahahahahaha! Clams!
alltheleaves
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
Er.. wow. That's just silly.

I think Tom needs medication, and seeing as he prefers vitamins that would explain a lot.
stellanova
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
Did you see the Oprah freak out? The photos linked to above are hilarious/scary.

Also, there's just something inherently silly about scientologists. I mean, clams?
alltheleaves
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oh I've seen them more than once. I run away from them.

I walk past the London Scientology Centre every day and they offer free stress tests outside it to try and reel people in. One time they offered me one during the P... write up and I growled at them and told them I'd break the machine. They scare me though. It's like they offer you a stress test and all you have to give in return is your soul.

I haven't heard about the clams though.
stellanova
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
Just click on the link in kylegirl's comment above to find out about the clam element. Insane!

Also, they try to lure people in with those "personality tests" outside their base here too. I've never seen anyone actually give in to them, thank god.
alltheleaves
Jun. 15th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
Ok. The Scientologists are descended from clams. It is all clear now.

Because the stress test is on Tottenham Court Road which is stress-inducing just by walking along it, they do pretty well. But I think they do well out of depressed work-overloaded cynics who wouldn't join a cult even if they were giving out excessive amounts of free cash.
ladyxoc
Jun. 15th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
I love those tests. I always make up answers and give names and addresses of people who have really pissed me off.
jane_the_23rd
Jun. 15th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, the personality tests. They used to have a weird office right near Newbury St in Boston, and stand there, offering free personality tests. Out of curiosity (and stupidity), I took one once. They determined that I was royally screwed up and the only way to better myself was to become a Scientologist.

As for Tom Cruise, et al., Scientology=Celebrity Freemasonry?
enoneoftheabove
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
People forget the L. Ron Hubbard, "founder" of Scientology, was a sci-fi writer. If you ask me, he never intended to found a religion. I prefer to think it was all just one big hoax that grew out of a goofy manuscript he wrote. Hell, he probably looked at his earliest followers the way Gene Roddenberry looked at trekkies! And then... things got completely out of hand.

Of course, it's possible that the whole thing is one big joke, perpetuated by the entire community of Scientologists.
stellanova
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
Several years before the founding of his "church", Hubbard actually said that if he wanted to be really rich, he'd start a religion. And he did!

But I don't think people are ever able to forget that Hubbard was a sci-fi writer, not with John Travolta making terrible films out of his crappy books...
theodicy
Jun. 15th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
Completely and utterly APPALLING. I'm linking to yer entry.
millamant_
Jun. 15th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
I love me some celebrity meltdown.:) And the sense of victimization of the person you quoted--it's rampant here in the U.S. among the social conservatives. I'm not sure the Scientologists are crazier than any other extremist sect, like those people who interpret the Bible literally or believe you'll go to an actual physical location called Hell if you drink or dance or masturbate, for example.
zoje_george
Jun. 15th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
It's terrifying to even contemplate where you'd go if caught drinking, dancing, and masturbating all at once!
queencallipygos
Jun. 15th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
In their defense, there are some instances in Germany of Scientologists being barred from jobs or prevented from adopting children.

Granted, this is still a VERY far cry from the Holocaust, still.
wordweaverlynn
Jun. 15th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
This is the time to break out the popcorn and the DVD of Bowfinger. Eddie Murphy plays a hilariously paranoid movie star in a Scientology-like group called "Mindhead."

Tom Cruise also did crazy/paranoid (plus gynephobic) in Magnolia. Other than that, his performances have been blah.
zoje_george
Jun. 15th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
Isn't Scientology still banned or something in Germany (at work, can't go digging)? Anyway, I know there was some extended legislative kerfuffle between the Xenu worshippers and the German state. So it's just like the Holocaust, don't you see?

Johnny Trash could tell you stories about the Xenu worshipper he worked for in LA.

Clams! Thetans! We're all clear!
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