Tom Cruise Scientology video causes ruckus
While Andrew Morton's unauthorized biography of Tom Cruise hits stands, a video clip of the actor ranting about his passion for Scientology making the rounds on the Internet has been removed from practically every source after the Church of Scientology made copyright claims.
Sites like Gawker and the Huffington Post (and The Juice*, natch) linked to the video, a recruitment tool showing Cruise speaking passionately about Scientology that was shown when he was awarded the IAS Freedom Medal of Valor in 2004.
“Being a Scientologist, you look at someone and know absolutely that you can help them,” Cruise says, while talking about KSW, a “policy letter” that is an abbreviation of “Keeping Scientology Working.”
He also goes on to say "SPs" (which is a Suppressive Person, an "antisocial personality" destructive to Scientology) don't dare approach him and praises the “privilege” of being a Scientologist: “It’s something that you have to earn because a Scientologist ... has the ability to create new and better realities and improve conditions.”
The recruitment angle comes on strong at the end, with Cruise stating, “I need more help; Get those spectators either in the playing field or out of the arena. Really, that’s how I feel about it.”
With a view of the globe and the number 1,037,361,227 flashing onscreen, a voiceover then declares: “A Scientologist can be defined by a single question: Would you want others to achieve the knowledge you now have in answering that question. Tom Cruise has introduced LRH technology to over 1 billion people of Earth — and that’s only the first wave he’s unleashed.”
Let’s get one thing straight here: It’s not that The Juice* is anti-Scientology, or even anti-Cruise (except for the endings of Minority Report and The Last Samurai; we can deal with how they changed The Firm). But we will mock the video’s use of the Mission: Impossible music.
UPDATE: And here's a little more from that night that's popped up: