SNL spoofs "We Stand Tall"

Discussion in 'Media' started by The Wrong Guy, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Saturday Night Live’s genius spoof of Scientology: Lyrics and images

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker

    A very happy Easter to our readers, whether you celebrate the holiday or not. In case you missed the excitement last night, Saturday Night Live aired a pitch-perfect parody of Scientology’s 1990 video “We Stand Tall” which was featured prominently in Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear.

    Gibney’s film aired on HBO Sunday night and has been repeating since then, but the amount of work that went into SNL’s spoof suggests that this has been in the works for weeks — either since Going Clear‘s theatrical run began on March 13 or perhaps as far back as when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

    There are so many amazing little Easter eggs in this thing, and we’re doing our best to unpack it. But of course, we know our eagle-eyed readers are going to spot some things that we’ve missed. Here, give it a close look:


    Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the frames to appreciate just how much work went into the thing and how well the writers knew their Scientology!
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  2. RightOn Member

    hey Wrong Guy, maybe start a new thread for the video so people don't miss it?
    with the title
    "SNL Rips Scientology a New One" :D
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  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    SNL skewers Scientology in brilliant “Always Believe” music video

    By Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

    SNL mocks Scientology with jargon-filled 1990s ‘Neurotology’ music video

    By Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

    This Music Video Destroys a Fake Cult — and You’ll Instantly Recognize the Real-World Group It’s Meant to Represent

    By Zach Noble, The Blaze
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  4. Ersatz Global Moderator

    Wonder where they got the idea?
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  5. BigBeard Member

    Meepthorp and laughter beats Xenu and fear everytime.:D

    Meep! Meep! Oh, wait, that was the Road Runner wasn't it?

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  6. Ersatz Global Moderator

    Because this needed postin'
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  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    SNL Hilariously Rips Into Scientology With This Pitch Perfect '90s Music Video Parody | Arts.Mic

    SNL mocks Scientology, where 'religion and science are intertwined' | CNET

    SNL’s Scientology parody music video is terrifying in its realness | Death and Taxes

    SNL Takes Aim At Scientology In Scathing Parody Video | Decider

    SNL Spoofed Scientology Doc 'Going Clear' With A Scathing Fake Ad | Huffington Post

    SNL Scientology Parody ‘Neurotology’ YouTube Music Video Gains Buzz Online | Inquisitr

    Saturday Night Live Is No Longer Afraid of Scientology | Lightly Buzzed

    SNL spoofs Scientology in hilarious 'Neurotology' music video | Mashable

    SNL Pulls a 'Going Clear,' Goes After Scientology | ScreenCrush

    SNL spoofs Scientology: Watch the hilarious throwback Neurotology music video | Slate

    SNL mocks Scientology music video We Stand Tall with Neurotology | Starcasm

    You’ve Got To Watch SNL‘s Hilariously Scathing Scientology Spoof | The Frisky

    Watch SNL Take on Scientology With ‘Church of Neurotology’ | TIME

    SNL Takes Aim at Scientology with Hilarious Music Video | TooFab

    SNL Slammed Scientology In One Catchy (And Damning) Music Video | Uproxx

    Saturday Night Live Mocks Scientology in "Neurotology" Sketch | Us Weekly

    SNL skewers Scientology with ‘Neurotology’ music video | Yahoo News

    And on Twitter, the laughter continues: Scientology
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  9. Anonymous Member

    Can anyone fix this up for Canada?

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  10. DeathHamster Member

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  11. Anonymous Member

    I've seen this one. After the bombshell reactions overnight, and Tony O's treatment, I thought there may be one shown without the fireplace TV set, something with higher resolution.
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  12. BigBeard Member

    The dam has burts! Even the on-line puff-piece haven of "People Magazine" has picked it up:

    This has been a long time coming, but it's starting to look like this is going the way of the original Star Trek episode "Day of the Dove". The one where the humans and Klingons, instead of fighting each other, destroyed the monster together with laughter.


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  13. Hugh Bris Member

    It was Mocking laughter used to defeat the formless enemy. Mocking laughter.

    Meepthorp 4 evar
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  14. amaX Member

    I am laughing so hard I'm crying. Perfect.
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  15. White Tara Global Moderator

    Thanks for this, Its frustrating not to be able to see this stuff in AU too.
    lol the guy who switched to Scientology :p
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  16. eddieVroom Member

    I love this.

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  17. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Hey Eddie
    Dont bust any stitches laughing
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  18. Anonymous Member

    Pointed out on Tony's blog Comment thread:

    Anagram for Meepthorp = Me Prophet!
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  19. BigBeard Member

    226,815 views on YouTube as of a few seconds ago, and it hasn't even been up for 24 hours yet.

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  20. Mr. Magoo Member

    Because this spoof was aired unannounced on a popular TV show, I'm hoping some cult members saw it or at least most of it before they realized it was forbidden entheta. They all knew well in advance to avoid Going Clear, but hopefully this skit made its way to the TVs and eyeballs of at least a few of the brainwashed. Maybe it will get a few people started on their way out of the cult.
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  21. aegerprimo Member

    I LOVE that this video has gone viral on YouTube! It has also gone viral in the press. Here is what I have been able to collect for today...


    Brilliant SNL Fake Ad Ridicules Scientology’s Creepy Underbelly

    SNL Sends Up Scientology in Hilarious Video, with Bobby Moynihan as L Ron Hubbard Las Vegas Blog

    The ‘SNL’ Scientology Parody Video Combines The 90’s and “Neurotology,” And It Is Amazing

    Watch SNL’s Scathing Scientology Satire ‘Church of Neurotology’

    SNL's' Scientology spoof is damning and hilarious

    SNL skewers Scientology in brilliant “Always Believe” music video

    SNL Pulls a ‘Going Clear’ and Goes After Scientology

    Saturday Night Live Goes After Scientology, Clearly

    Saturday Night Live Mocks Scientology in "Neurotology Music Video" Sketch: Watch Now!

    “SNL” Spoofed An Aged Scientology Music Video clip And It Was Remarkable

    "SNL" Takes Aim at Scientology with Hilarious Music Video

    ‘SNL’ Spoofed Church of Scientology With A Scathing Fake Ad

    SNL Scientology Parody ‘Neurotology’ YouTube Music Video Gains Buss Online

    ‘SNL’ Spoofed Scientology Doc ‘Going Clear’ With A Scathing Phony Ad

    SNL glibly mocks Scientology’s creepy history with annotated musical parody

    SNL mocks Scientology, where 'religion and science are intertwined'

    ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Scientology paroday music video is hilariously spot-on


    SNL Finally Sends Up Scientology in the Sing-Along “Neurotology” Music Video

    SNL’s ‘Nerotology’ Skit Puts Musical Spin on Scientology

    ‘SNL’ Slams Scientology With Scathing Skit About Missing Members

    Watch SNL Take on Scientology With ‘Church of Neurotology’

    Saturday Night Live Is No Longer Afraid of Scientology

    ‘We Stand Tall’: This Is The 1990 Video ‘SNL’ Just Eviscerated
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  22. aegerprimo Member

    Excellent collection Wrong Guy! I did not see your post before I made mine. I think between the both of us, we have an excellent list of press about this SNL video! :cool:
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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    There should be more articles on Monday. In the meantime, here are some more new ones:

    Video: 'SNL' Spoofs Scientology, Michael Keaton Pays Tribute to 'Batman' and 'Beetlejuice' | Ace Showbiz

    SNL Destroys Scientology In Its Newest Skit | Carbonated.TV

    Saturday Night Live Spoofs Scientology in Church of Neurotology Skit | Guardian Liberty Voice
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  24. FloGold Moderator

    everywhere i go on the internets i see scientology pop up and not in a good way, all over fb, on my recommendations while im watching youtube and on tv.
    i cant believe this is finally happening.

    i say that when the day comes, and its closer than anyone thinks, that they card off Miscavige to jail all chanologists world wide need to have a global victory celebration.

    whos with me?!
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  25. anon8109 Member

    Cults don't end with a bang but a whimper.

    There are tens of thousands who want someone to sell them scientology. Even if Miscavige goes to jail, even if the company loses all of its money, even if the sea org is dismantled, the market for Scientology will continue to exist and some other greedy unscrupulous bastards will try to make a buck off of it, creating dozens of mini cults.

    Only when the true believers age and are gone will the cult be gone too.
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  26. BigBeard Member

    SNL 'Neurotology' YouTube hits at 558,661 and climbing as of a few minutes ago.

    Waiting on the morning talk shows to come on at 7am local to see if they run with it.

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  27. I think these guys had the right idea all along (even though they weren't thinking about Scientology, I would think they'd agree).


    This would make a great shoop!
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  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    SNL Gloriously Spoofed Scientology in This Hilariously Spot-On Music Video | Adweek

    SNL skewered Scientology in this parody recruitment video | Business Insider

    Here's What the Cast of SNL Would Look Like as Demented Scientologists | Jezebel

    SNL Puts Sweet Ending on HBO’s Disturbing Scientology Doc | PJ Media

    SNL takes on Scientology | Religion News Service

    SNL Mocks Scientology Music Video | SFGate

    SNL comedians take on the Church of Scientology |
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  29. Jeff Jacobsen Member

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  30. The Wrong Guy Member

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  31. DeathHamster Member

    Swap the Hubbard picture in an Org with the SNL one and see how long it takes them to notice.
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  32. Anonymous Member

    Even Jerry Coyne posts comment:

    Saturday Night Live parodies Scientology

    There’s no doubt which “religion” this video is mocking, and it wouldn’t have been possible fifteen years ago, before it was dangerous to criticize Scientology because you’d either be sued, harassed, or stalked. Such is the power of the Internet!

    How many references can you get? Do you know the billion-year-contract? Did you see the picture of the alien? The video is replete with references to features of the faith and the peccadillos or L. Ron. Hubbard and his minions.
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  33. anon8109 Member

    The original has annotations that SNL spoofed.
  34. FreakE420 Member

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  36. Django Member

    Hey, Tiny David Miscavige,

    Go ahead. Run some Fair Game on Saturday Night Live. Do it. C'mon, Chickenshit. "Never Defend, Always Attack". Stalk Lorne Michaels, or anyone in the cast. You cowardly, diminutive piece of crap. I FUCKING DARE YOU!!!!! Do it, you scumbag. Don't just stand there punching some poor bozo who can't punch you back, like the cheap thug you actually are. Grow a pair, Dimwit Asshole.

    Oh, "diminutive" means "short". I know you're as educationally challenged as you are petite, so I figured I'd toss you a bone. Dumbass......
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  37. RightOn Member

    If the COS goes after SNL in ANY way, DM will be admitting that the vid was about the COS :D
    What is one more footbullet to the COS now? DM obviously is completely out of his mind :confused: and has no sense of reality and still thinks he is the bully on the block that nobody can touch or bring down.
    After he approved of the latest slew of hysterical letters from lawyers to HBO, the Freedumb Mag hate campaigns, the continual fair gaming of critics and ex's, and his refusal to be interviewed, and always denying EVERYTHING and ANYTHING said about the COS, I say he should go for it.:p

    Please Poodle, go after SNL and Lorne Michaels!
    The COS has already jumped the shark any ways.
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  38. rof Member

    What need is prizes for hating them the longest.

    The Ultimate SP catfight for the bouquet.
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  39. Jeff Jacobsen Member

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  40. The Wrong Guy Member

    A new episode of Tosh.0 airs tonight at ten. Part of the show's description reads, "Daniel converts to the official religion of celebrities, Scientology."
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