When you try to claim that a crowd of 400-500 is actually a crowd of 2,500, Photoshop is your best friend. The Radical Church of Scientology is no stranger to photoshopping audiences and their “man with no head” audience member went viral after the 1999 New Years Event. Scientology Audience Doctored.
However with all the attention on the Portland (“Scientology City”) opening and the months of pressure to have Scientologists from all over the world fly in to puff up the crowd at the event, apparently the disappointment of unused chairs and low attendance was too much.
So when the obligatory PR WEB paid press release was put together they doctored the main crowd shot. And not very well either. If you look closely under the confetti you will the the entire crowd there is on a slightly different perspective than the rest of the photo. Photoshopping in an audience and then covering them in confetti to hide the low quality work – what is vulture culture coming to?
Or perhaps this is a brilliant strategy to get media coverage — the headless man went viral. Is it a sneaky guerilla marketing campaign?
You can see the actual image live on PR WEB with this link: doctored scientology audience photo published on PR WEB
The massive, straight up and vertical international expansion of Scientology, greater than at any point in history, also seems to be passing Portland by…. In fact, it seems to have circumvented the entire United States if Dear Leader could only pull 500 people to his biggest Grand Opening with heavy pressure from every OT Committee, Idle Org, management and even WISE to attend.