The news that A&E has commissioned another 10 episodes of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath brought another lame response from scientology.
Instead of responding to ANYTHING exposed in the first episodes, they did the scientology thing and sought to “attack the attacker.”
This is how they responded to The Hollywood Reporter:
The organization, who continues to refute Remini’s claims and the information presented on her show, gave a statement to THR claiming A&E paid people to appear on-screen.
“Real transparency would be for A&E to detail all forms of compensation made to sources spreading religious hate and bigotry on Leah Remini’s show,” they said.
They then went further with this stupid line of attack in a statement to Page Six:
But a rep for Scientology responded on Wednesday by alleging Remini’s “teamed with A&E to shamelessly turn religious hate into a commodity by treating it as entertainment” and accused the network of “compensating Remini’s sources” for the show.
“Real transparency would be for A&E to detail all forms of compensation made to sources spreading religious hate and bigotry on Leah Remini’s show,” a Scientology rep said in a statement to Page Six. “When the network cancelled ‘Generation KKK,’ the network claimed that paying sources violated company policies. Yet at the same time it was hypocritically compensating Remini’s sources with money and significant in-kind payments. A&E can’t have it both [ways].”
The religion’s rep further alleged to Page Six, “A&E has a duty to conduct a thorough investigation into the extent to which Leah Remini’s show violates its own internal policies,”
The church — which has created an entire Web site dedicated to Remini’s show,— alleges that one person paid for the show is former member Mike Rinder.
Well, they are the boy who cried wolf on steroids.
Scientology knows full well:
Leah Remini was paid as Exec Producer. Why shouldn’t she be? It is no secret and unlike scientology, she has not lied about it.
I was paid as a consultant (and as I have said earlier on this blog, the amount of money was not enough money to live on — I would have been much better off financially not to have devoted any time to the show last year).
Nobody else who appeared on the show was paid a dime. Their airfare and hotel were covered if they had to travel to be filmed.
Amy and Mat Pesch and Amy’s family
Mary, David and Michael Kahn
Marc and Claire Headley (and any of the other people that were seen in that episode at their house)
Gary, Lois, Brett, Jessie and Brandon Reisdorf
Ron and Becky Miscavige
And anyone else I may have inadvertently omitted. That is more about 30 people who were paid not one thin dime.
And that is the totality of the information scientology claims to want to know. But it is information they ALREADY know. But they just keep repeating it, as if by saying it repeatedly it will somehow magically become “an issue.” It’s not. They are throwing shit against the wall to see if anything will stick. And it’s low grade shit. They cannot respond to what these people said or the facts they recounted. And they choose to avoid that by diverting attention to their self-created and non-existent controversy. (And just as a note — it was A&E that pulled the plug on their KKK show, not scientology, who now act as though they have some moral high ground to tell A&E what shows they should air.)
Now, on the subject of financial transparency, here are a few questions scientology has NOT answered that would shed some real light:
1. How much money has Monique Yingling been paid by all church related entities over the past 20 years – just round it off to the nearest million. How much does she bill an hour to be the “scientology spokesperson.”
2. How much was David Miscavige paid last year? And what was the value of all non-monetary gifts and perks he received?
3. How much money does the IAS have? Rounded to the nearest hundred million.
4. How much money does Church of Scientology International have?
5. How much money does Church of Spiritual Technology have? FSO? CSRT? BMS? etc etc Hell, to make it easy, just tell us what you report as TOTAL SEA ORG RESERVES stat each week and you can round it off to the nearest hundred million.
And note, though they claim to “refute Remini’s claims” they offer NO specifics whatsoever to anything, and provide no evidence that anything at all is untrue. Though they did a pretty good job of demonstrating that what Leah said about how they respond to criticism IS true — with PI’s/stalkers and hate websites.
PS: Thursday Funnies will be on Saturday — wanted to comment on this while it was timely.