Alex Gibney: Going Clear

Discussion in 'Media' started by DeathHamster, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. DeathHamster Member

    Not remotely a threat--just heavy-duty stupidity.
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  3. RightOn Member

    I would personally like to thank Poodle (DM, COB) for approving the use of Twitter.
    The title "Freedom Media Ethics" cracked me up.
    The COS is using social media to prove the validity of the dirty tactics used by them and mentioned in Going Clear and proves just how unethical they truly are.
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    ‘Going Clear': Sara Goldberg on how Scientology turned her own daughter against her

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker

    The great Joe Childs at the Tampa Bay Times told Sara’s story last year and how she faced a dilemma forced on her by Church of Scientology officials. Because of Scientology’s toxic “disconnection” policy, the church forced Sara to make a terrible choice.


    We’re going to show you something now we don’t think has been made public before. It’s the letter Sara’s daughter, Ashley, sent in to the committee of evidence in support of her mother and stepfather, explaining in heavy Scientology jargon why her parents had done their best in the awkward family situation, shielding her from her suppressive brother.
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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology and Hollywood: Tom Cruise, John Travolta and the new “Going Clear” shockers | Salon

    "Going Clear" and the outlandish connections between two self-serving, big-money industries: church and the movies“going_clear”_is_a_terrifying_and_illuminating_expose/

    HBO's 'Going Clear' Demonstrates How Scientology Is Suffering in the Digital Age | The Atlantic

    Since its founding in the 1950s, L. Ron Hubbard’s organization has put a premium on controlling the flow of information — an increasingly impossible enterprise in the Internet age.

    In Scientology exposé ‘Going Clear,’ seeing is disbelieving | The Boston Globe

    Near the end of the new documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” longtime members who decided to leave the church struggle with their emotions. “Maybe,” muses one, “my entire life has been a lie.”
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  6. DeathHamster Member

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  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    HBO's 'Going Clear' leaves future of Scientology unclear | Religion News Service

    The only murky thing in “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” HBO’s scathing new documentary, is: What will happen to the church that sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard built more than 60 years ago after it airs?

    The two-hour film directed by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney is a merciless examination of the Church of Scientology, the religion/business/self-help empire created by Hubbard, who died in 1986. The film, which airs Sunday (March 29) on HBO, alleges the church has practiced physical, psychological and financial abuse of its current and former members for decades.

    And while the film is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book with an almost identical title, the film manages something the book could not — it allows viewers to look into the eyes of former Scientologists as they describe years of abuse they say they suffered willingly at the hands of the church and the ultimate toll it took: lost relationships, broken lives, empty bank accounts and more.

    The film is so unsparing — particularly in its portrait of David Miscavige, who became the church’s “ecclesiastical leader” after Hubbard’s death and reportedly rules it like a tyrant — that the filmmakers and others who study Scientology say they hope it will prompt internal changes and greater transparency in the church, something it has resisted in the past.

    “When people see for themselves the testimony of people who have been through the Scientology experience, they’ll have a better idea of what they might be in for if they decide to join the church,” Wright, a producer of the film, said in an email interview.

    “Although there have been significant reports on the church in the past, the documentary is a powerful indictment of the abuses inside the church. Never before has Hollywood actually addressed the problem that is so much a part of its culture.”

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    The Religion News Service aims to be the largest single source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas. We strive to inform, illuminate and inspire public discourse on matters relating to belief and convictions.

    RNS is a non-profit, limited liability corporation owned by the Religion Newswriters Foundation and based at the National Press Building in Washington, D.C., with a business office at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Mo. RNS’s mission is to provide in-depth, non-sectarian coverage of religion, spirituality and ideas.

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  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology security freaked out by Anonymous weirdo across street

    Published by AngryGayPope on March 26, 2015

    Angry Gay Pope stops by the L. Ron Hubbard life exhibit on his way to see GOING CLEAR the HBO cult doc at the Cinerama Dome. Doors are locked and workers are told to hide under their desks. I am serious. This premiere is rubbed in people's faces and a visit is made to the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project (HELP).

    The Gay Pope later returns to enturbulate them further, with comedic results!

    Careful viewers can see the bobbing head of the female Scilon hiding under her desk as she crawls away from him.
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  9. CarterUSP Member

    Imagine, just for a moment, being a dedicated scilon, dedicated to planetary clearing and fed on shermanspeak and COB's promises. Being one of the elite homo novis with the tech that raises human ability and power to a level unheard of for trillions of years on the whole track...
    ...And when some weird dude in a mask appears in the street outside your own building you have to hide under a desk.

    Not sure whether to laugh in derision or weep in pity.
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  10. anon8109 Member

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  11. Quentinanon Member

    And at the same time, having done Hubbard's Training Routines, you believe that you can confront anything.
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  12. Ogsonofgroo Member

    OMG Seriously? Hiding under a desk? Bwahhahahahahahahahahahaha *snorks*

    This takes LRH 'Scuttle Tech', as has been witnessed numerous times over the years (rem the vids of sheeples getting herded out back doors etc. etc.), to a whole new level of derp!

    Scientology~ Using LRH 'Tech' to produce fear-ridden bots since (c)1951. Way ta go LRon, you sick, dead, fuck!

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  14. Quentinanon Member

    I predict the disgust reaction will be the same as in the U.S., but the surprise level will be lower. In the States, scientology has been viewed as an offbeat cult, while in Canada, scientology is viewed as a criminal organisation.
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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    ‘Going Clear’ Is The Incredible Doc We Expected — But Will It Bring Scientology’s Demise? | Decider

    By Tyler Coates

    Last paragraph:

    I don’t know what outcome to expect from Going Clear‘s premiere on Sunday. Will the Church of Scientology be forced to answer the questions raised in the film from its former members who speak openly about the organization’s abuses of power? Will the outspoken celebrity endorsers of the religion lose their power within their own industry as a result? Will the government reexamine its status as a tax-exempt church as opposed to what the film suggests it is — a for-profit organization that benefits a select few at the top rather than a greater good? It’s impossible to know until weeks, perhaps months after audiences see it. My only hope is that the film’s content will be taken seriously rather than a joke, and that audiences will question the larger concept of faith and organized religion rather than grasp solely on the juicy celebrity stories found within the film’s revelations. And I think it works as a primer to the organization’s alleged issues, and that audiences will pick up Wright’s book for a more comprehensive look Scientology’s power, influence, and appeal.
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  16. The Wrong Guy Member

    This one is fairly well-researched.

    Everything You Need To Read, Watch And Listen To Before Seeing Scientology Doc 'Going Clear'

    By Sasha Bronner, Huffington Post

    The documentary debuted at Sundance -- it does not disappoint -- but the more you know about Scientology before your viewing, the better you'll understand the mystery and mania that often encircles the controversial organization. With that in mind, here's our "Going Clear" premiere primer.
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  17. Random guy Member

    Press, press, press

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  18. The Wrong Guy Member

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    Real, candid talk on Scientology in 'Going Clear’ | SFGate

    By David Wiegand

    Let’s be clear.

    On second thought, after watching Alex Gibney’s documentary about L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, maybe not.

    “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” airing Sunday on HBO and based on the book by Lawrence Wright, is at times jaw-dropping, scary, unnerving, even disturbingly funny.

    But the bad news for Scientology is that it’s also credible, despite unabashedly offering only one “side” of the ongoing debate about the validity of Scientology’s tenets and its status as a religion. The film benefits from candid testimony from several former Scientology members, like film director Paul Haggis and actor Jason Beghe, and former Scientology bigwigs such as Mark Rathbun, who was second in command to church board Chairman David Miscavige, and Mike Rinder, former chief spokesman for the church.

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  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    Some Things to Fear in ‘Going Clear’ | Wall Street Journal

    HBO’s documentary about Scientology, once seen, cannot be erased from the mind. So beware.


    As grim and creepy as much of “Going Clear” is, nothing is more disturbing than the account of how Scientology heavies bullied the IRS — using some 2,400 lawsuits and personal investigations of agency officials — into granting Scientology tax-exempt status as a church in 1993. What does it tell you that even back then, some unelected folks in California had more power than members of the U.S. Congress do today as they attempt to investigate the IRS — for using targeting tactics to intimidate people.
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  21. AnyOldName Member

    Nice to see maybe mainstream religions are looking hard at this. Maybe they won't circle the wagons around $cn when they start squaking about "religious" freedoms.....
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  22. CarterUSP Member

    There's so much win here I have to go and have a lie down
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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    6 Desperate Ways the Church of Scientology Is Trying to Stop 'Going Clear' | Alternet

    Alex Gibney's damning HBO documentary has set off a war with the famously aggressive church.
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  25. Huffington Post: Everything You Need To Read, Watch And Listen To Before Seeing Scientology Doc 'Going Clear'

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    15. Surviving Scientology Podcast

    This podcast features many ex-Scientologists speaking about their experiences. The site's bio describes itself as "an in-depth critical podcast about Scientology." Interviews include former senior executive Mike Rinder (who is featured in the "Going Clear" documentary), third-generation Scientologist Mareka Brousseau and Karen De La Carriere -- one of the highest ranking, former members of Scientology.

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  26. Tampa Bay Times: HBO documentary 'Going Clear' tackles the question: Why Scientology?

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    Eight minutes and 13 seconds into his much-talked-about documentary on the Church of Scientology, writer/director Alex Gibney hits a sweet spot, going right at one of the key questions he sets out to answer.

    What is Scientology's allure?

    Jason Beghe, an actor who lasted 13 years in the church, is describing his first Scientology service — a drill that made him confront another person face-to-face, eyes closed. He says it made him "go exterior," or out of his body.

    "It was a transcendent experience for me," Beghe recalls in Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO.

    "And that made me go, 'Holy (expletive), this is — wow!'"

    The same could be said of the two-hour film, which addresses the controversies of recent years as well as other big questions: Why people stay in Scientology and why they leave? It does so while hewing closely to Lawrence Wright's similarly named and widely heralded book, published in 2013.

    Going Clear holds the power to connect with a range of audiences: Many critics of the church will find it validating. Casual observers will be engrossed, perhaps enlightened. And Scientologists loyal to church management will be highly offended.

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  27. Finally, a review that has the guts to at least mention the Nazanin Boniadi - Tom Cruise story.

    Salon: Scientology and Hollywood: Tom Cruise, John Travolta and the new “Going Clear” shockers“going_clear”_is_a_terrifying_and_illuminating_expose/

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    As Maureen Orth reported in 2012 in a cover story for Vanity Fair, Boniadi, as a young medical student, was selected and made over by the church before being flown to New York for a private audience with Tom Cruise, who was at the time looking for a girlfriend. As Orth’s story reports, the Church had interfered with Cruise’s marriage to Nicole Kidman to the point of its dissolution; now, they were looking for a Scientology-friendly replacement, so as to protect Cruise’s involvement in the church (a partnership that brings Scientology legitimacy, notoriety, and cold hard cash). Boniadi and Cruise dated for a month or two before the relationship went south, and that’s when the story gets weirder. It was bad enough that the church had essentially pimped Boniadi out for an elite congregant; but after she failed to keep the relationship going, she was reportedly punished with menial labor, like being made to scrub toilets with a toothbrush.

    The Interview interview, through that lens, reads like an attempt for Boniadi to reclaim her own narrative—and to distance herself from the church as much as possible. It has that effect, to be frank. Partly because the Vanity Fair story is so outlandish, it’s hard to believe; and partly because Boniadi then and Boniadi now sound like two completely different people.

    That seems to be kind of what Scientology does to you, though.

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  31. Mike Rinder on the Kelly File on Fox News.

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  32. anon8109 Member

    Fox "news" has a short piece.

    Will Gretta van Susteren now be forced to quit FOX just as chef was forced to quit Southpark?

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  33. Denver Post - Ostrow: Eye-opening "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" on HBO

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    The controversial church has taken out ads discrediting the film, claiming it glorifies "bitter, vengeful apostates." The rest of us may consider that an endorsement.

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    The documentary chronicles a systematic history of abuse, notably of young volunteers who were separated from their families and made to work essentially as indentured servants. The most damning claims are from former Sea Organization members, the clergy of Scientology who reportedly show their loyalty by signing "billion-year contracts" but get paid only about 40 cents an hour for their services — not great for scrubbing toilets with toothbrushes.

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  34. Fox News Insider has a video and short article up about the Megan Kelly interview of Mike Rinder.

    HBO Documentary Exposes Alleged Abuses Within Church of Scientology

    Video at link.

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    Rinder charged the church with “egregious violations of human rights.”

    He also said it’s true that the Church of Scientology tapped Nicole Kidman’s phone when she was married to Tom Cruise.

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  35. The Wrong Guy Member

    ‘Going Clear': Spanky Taylor on John Travolta, Priscilla Presley, and escaping Scientology

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker

    We’re just two days away from Alex Gibney’s documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, airing on HBO on Sunday at 8 pm. Today we have another screenshot from the movie for you, and it features Sylvia “Spanky” Taylor, someone we’ve known for a very long time.

    Her involvement in Scientology and friendship with John Travolta are told masterfully by Lawrence Wright in the book that Gibney’s film is based on. Her tale was also one of the most surprising things to show up in Larry’s book, at least for us. Spanky had been a source for some of us reporters for a long time, helping us understand how Scientology worked, especially in Hollywood. But she had insisted that she never wanted to be written about. For Larry Wright she changed her mind, and we’re glad she did. Her story is a crucial part of the book and also one of the best parts of the film.

    We wanted to fill in just a few details you might be hungering for about this really unique person who has been careful about releasing information about her life.

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