Remember when Tom Cruise was lauded with the Flavor Flav “Freedom Medal of Valor” for being the greatest disseminator in the history of scientology? The video went on and on about how he is relentless and unwavering in his efforts to get the word out about scientology. That he has “brought LRH tech to over 1 billion people on earth, and that’s just the beginning…”
Remember the stories about how he rounded up all the celebrities in LA and read them the riot act about not being dedicated enough and not doing their bit to expand scientology?
Those days are long gone.
He doesn’t mention scientology publicly these days.
Anyone wanting to interview him has to agree NOT to ask him about scientology or he will not do the interview…
Now it’s reported in the media, that one of his long term co-stars and “friends” knows better than to even BRING UP THE SUBJECT WITH HIM!
Which actually raises an interesting question.
Apart from two women he married, has Tom Cruise ever actually brought ANYONE into scientology himself?
We all know he has “seen SP’s” — has he ever signed anyone up for their first service? If he is afraid to talk about Scientology, is he by definition PTS (rhetorical question).
This is perhaps one of the best measures of the state of scientology today. It’s biggest star and proponent does no longer want to talk about it.
Lawrence Toomajan says
When it comes to Tom Cruise “Money and Hollywood can cover up anything”. And he certainly does know how to act out the part. With all due respect.
Sea Org Baby - Slave 4 Life says
I was born an SO member and Scientologist with unshakable determination to save mankind and endless love for LRH. Like a horse raised in captivity, it never occurred to me what life could be like on the other side of the fence.
But that event, COB commenting TC was the most dedicated Scientologist he knew, was an ice cold dagger planted directly in my heart.
It became a major turning point that started me on a path towards the dark side.
Truth is, I’m still getting out, and make no mistake, the idea of going to the dark side is crazy scary.
But the weird thing is, it’s turning out this side isn’t really so dark, it just has much greener grass.
Japan of Green Gables says
Hi Mike. I saw that Tom’s cousin William Mapother, who is also an actor (he was on Lost), completed Student Hat the same time that Tom did. William Mapother isn’t (still) a Scientologist, is he? Might Tom have brought HIM in?
Ron is Source, Dave is force, Tom’s off course.
Ron is source for worms. Dave is sauced.
Jere Lull says
Of COURSE TC is PTS. He’s “best buds” with Captain Dave, isn’t he?
Or in other words – he’s too scared to nibble, let alone bite, the hand that feeds him.
Hollywood is a sess pool of fakes, phoneys and the morally bankrupt.
Forget that its Tom Cruise: I find it highly amusing to read that anyone who wants to interview ANY former Freedom Medal of Valor winner must promise to not ask him anything about Scientology!
While I totally understand and empathize with your sound business decision to not breathe a word about the Church of Scientology to the media as it would be harmful from a PR standpoint as you promote Mission Impossible 48 or whatever the current number of them is still, on a personal level, from the viewpoint of your personal ethics and as the dedicated Scientologist that you are, calling yourself, as you do “Big Being #3”, and as such COB’s very close friend, isn’t this decision of yours at variance with the medal you received back in 2004? As savvy as it is from a financial standpoint, would you yourself consider this decision of yours to clam up (pun intended) about Scientology an honest, wise one, from the viewpoint of being an operating thetan? In brief, is there anything valorous about it?
“Aquaman, you don’t know the history of cinema, I do; you don’t have the rank to ask me that.” TC
jim rowles says
I’m missing Guy Vogel. Has anyone seen him. I just hope his condition has improved so he can get some sleep and food.
I was told by a friend of the family that he’s been assigned an amends project of taking down this blog as well as Smith-Levin’s YouTube channel before he’s allowed back on services. He committed several high crimes, not the least of which was having unkind thoughts of LRH and COB on a sec check. When he realized the enormity of his assignment he blew, so you probably won’t be hearing from him any time soon. Hope this clears up the mystery.
Rip Van Winkle says
Tom Cruise – I bet it really chaps his ass that JT does more – and always has, as far as I’ve ever seen.
John uses his planes for photo ops and capers with the yellow tee shirt guys. He shows up places here and there for them.
He’s always been able to speak casually about scn.
A soft smile and shrug, “it’s helped me, so I like it” as a baseline handling has longer legs than TC and his chin out arrogance.
Nobody told Tom he had to just yap his mouth about it during movie promo interviews. There ARE other ways and places.
Not even a Celebrity Mag cover story Tom?
Yup, he has totally clammed up.
He is chickenshit. He is the only Scientologist ever awarded the Freedom Medal of Valor. Supposedly for “humanitarian work on a larger global scale” on behalf of Scientology. And now he refuses to be interviewed if the reporter even mentions Scientology! Now that’s valor for you.
Yo Tom aka Big Being Number 3,
Don’t feel bad that you’re pinned to your First Dynamic now.
Not doing anything big for Scientology now, are ya?
Keeping pretty mum about Man’s Only Hope…that has to be kinda rough on you, right?
Because you’re OT 8, and endlessly rich, and world famous and you have such comm lines to the entire world…which you can’t use…yes, that has to be rough, that you’re no longer producing a God damned thing on this crucial dynamic, right?
I feel your pain, BB#3.
But hey, don’t fret, don’t feel bad, don’t get down on yourself, y’know?
Because you are STILL a GREAT humanitarian, Tom.
A Whole Track Humanitarian!
And you ALWAYS will be.
And if ANYONE says otherwise, you just show them that gold, diamond-encrusted medal Dave gave you.
That’ll shut them up.
If Simon Pegg is a friend of Tom Cruise, wouldn’t Tom want his friend to be part of a clear planet. If Scientology is such a wonderful thing, why doesn’t he want his friend to be a part of it? What kind of ambassador for the cult is he?
Money comes first. The cult’s PR is in the toilet. Cult stats are in the toilet also. Mr. Cruise knows this. He dare not associate himself with Scientology any more. His LONG unbroken public silence about CO$ since Katie dumped him speaks loudly. To me his silence ROARS.
( A wise person long ago, when I was very young and bored and not paying attention, told me, “If you want to find out about people, listen to what they say but pay even more attention to what they DON’T say.” Many years later when I became addicted to Sherlock Holmes and detective fiction in general, I started reading this advice in these books! Holmes says this to Watson many times. And THEN, if/when I was curious, then I started paying attention to what people DON’T say, lol.)
Denny Owen says
Established in 1985, the Freedom Medal has had 80 recipients; however to date the Freedom Medal of Valor has had but a single recipient – Tom Cruise. His medal was awarded for “humanitarian work of a larger global scale.”
Google enters the chat.
Like everything else in Scientology…
I knew SO who were upset that COB touted him as the most valuable being on the planet for doing more to clear the planet than anyone else. The SO felt like all their sacrifices, no sleep for weeks on end, beans and rice, hard work and this guy gets it for doing what? As far as I know the only people he ever go into Scn were Katie and Nichole. End of story.
Cindy, you stop criticizing Tom Cruise NOW.
Tom Cruise is a great humanitarian – indeed, a Whole Track Humanitarian.
He doesn’t have to do Humanitarian Parlor Tricks to prove it to people like you.
Besides, he’s got that Medal, that gold, diamond-encrusted Freedom Medal of Valor to wear! And yes, yes, I know he can’t wear it any more when he does his daily ice cream cone run or the paparazzi might photograph him with it on for a “Stars Are Just Like Us” type article, yes, I know. But! rumor has it that this very medal is around his neck it EVERY night when he goes to bed. That’s right, along with his favorite pajamas, the ones with the feet, that COB gave him, its said that he doesn’t take it off until after he brushes his teeth in the morning – so there! What MORE proof do you need of his love of humanity and his total dedication to the Church of Scientology?
Stop nattering, Cindy!!!!!
Too bad. I was hoping for some OT Parlor tricks. Oh well, but we know that if anyone had a car crash and was dying on the road, Tom’s the man to save them, right?
You betcha 🙂
“… the greatest disseminator in the history of scientology”. Tom has “brought LRH tech to over 1 billion people on earth, and that’s just the beginning…”
I forgot at which event this was presented. UK or L.A.? But I certainly remember my reaction that very second: 1 billion my arse. What the f…? How many people exactly did he bring in?
And so it came that Mikiewicz and Tom Cruise helped me realize that I was looking at two con artists,
It started to open my eyes wide and clear. In retrospect I’d say that others in the audience felt the biggest invalidation of their dissemination efforts ever and decided right there to stop. The result: declining statistics of organizations world wide.
For those still ‘in’. Don’t worry. Mikiewics is already working on (of course single handedly) and will then release the Golden Age of Dissemination which will adress and handle all short comings along those lines.
You post made me nostalgic for Tom’s previous faces 🙂
It seems likely his publicist and agent, and maybe investors in his films, have told him to keep his controversial “religion,” and his inappropriate ways of promoting it (couch jumping, attacking other actors over mental health), to himself. I also wonder if maybe he’s tired of it, though then again he could be the silent financier behind efforts like ScnTV to make up for no longer being vocal.
Any way you look at it, it shows Scientology’s declining fortunes – and worsening reputation. Cruise’s ex Nicole Kidman is far outshining him as an acting professional, even if not grossing as much. The “church’s” celebrity star is fading, with no one in the pipeline to replace the likes of Cruise or Travolta, either – their younger generation is more epitomized by Danny Masterson, an unimpressive lower-tier character actor who stirs up controversy as much as anything.
Great comment, PeaceMaker. The only “stars” I see still in Scn are John Travolta and Jenna Elfman. And Jenna is B list or lower. Danny Masterson I’d say was C list or lower. Even if he gets off the multiple date rape charges, he’ll never work in the industry again. With all his charisma maybe he’ll make it as a telemarketer.
Mike Rinder says
Elisabeth Moss and Michael Peña are way bigger than Jenna at this point.
Good point. I hate to admit it but I don’t know who Michael Pena is. But Elisabeth Moss is big and I just forgot about her.
Michael Pena is that very short Spanish Actor that is often seen in comedy movies.
BTW, I’m sorry I gave you shit about Tom Cruise earlier.
I can really understand why so many people hate him and hate to see or hear from him.
No worries, I took it in the sarcastic light it was intended and tried to throw my own sarcasm in there about Tom being one of the only ones who could save a drowning person or a victim of a car crash. He said something like that in his speech when he was awarded the Medal of Valor or whatever they named it.
Cindy, FYI, I didn’t write that comment above.I had no reason to apologize to you. I didn’t “give you shit” about Tom Cruise. I gave Tom Cruise “shit” about himself, which he deserves. Also had no clue who Michael Pena was/is, Just letting you know that someone is impersonating me, posting here in my name. OSA having a little fun with me perhaps.
Enjoy yourself posting as me.
Alas, your pleasures are so few.
Mike, the comment above says from Aquamarine but I am Aquamarine and I did not write this comment. I have no idea who Michael Pena is.
And I didn’t give Cindy “shit” about Tom Cruise. I was being sarcastic about Tom Cruise and Cindy would see this immediately, as would anyone here. I’m now wondering who is posting here calling himself or herself Aquamarine.
OSA, don’t you have anything better to do than to pretend to be me?
Its immensely flattering but seriously, don’t you have bigger fish to fry?
Yes, I’m an SP but I still I haven’t even rated a public Declare from CO$. For years I’ve been keeping wall space available for my Declare. I even have a frame all ready for it on the bathroom wall opposite the toilet, at eye level so that anyone sitting on the can can read it. An empty frame, OSA!
Now, be warned: a post or two in my name I’ll overlook, but after that if you persist in impersonating me on this blog I’ll be forced, yes, forced to pull some SP rank and insist on my Goldenrod.
They did the same to me with my old handle some time back. I was too busy with other things anyway and dropped out for a while. Gave OSA a bit of a win I suppose.
Now I’m back even stronger and bolder. The goons of Scientology deep down know they are on the wrong side of the fence, but those sickies actually like that sort of mental anguish of a sensation in their quieter times away from their masters. It’s there highest level of “havingness.” They can actually & personally feel something! Those types of people can’t be audited or any accept any other type of mental therapy, they have the emotions of a brick.
Like the lice on a mangy dog, they live the days of their lives.
Treat them imitating you like stepped in a doggy pooh on the sidewalk. Bit of an indignation and a swear word or two, but it all washes off.
Nicole Kidman can act rings around Tom Cruise. Despite her amazing looks she is a superb actor with great versatility. She can be anything, any character. A real talent, So much more than just a movie star. The same cannot be said of her ex-husband. No way these two are even remotely in the same league when it comes to acting ability.
Aqua, thanks for letting us know someone is posting under your name. Maybe it’s OSA, but things must be slow for them if they’re trying to sow havoc and dissention amongst us. Get a life, OSA.
Cindy, yes, that’s what I was thinking; slow night for them? Or maybe (I would like to believe) a point or two made while bashing Tom Cruise hit home a little and this is their way of letting me know that its not OK to J & D Big Being #3.
Nicole Kidman can definitely act rings around TC. Did you ever see her performance in the movie, The Ring Around Girl?
She played a juggler and clearly acted rings around TC in that movie.
No, I haven’t seen that film of hers but I will. I’d see anything she’s in. One of the few versatile character actors who is also a movie star. If you’re a fan, check out “The Human Stain” with Anthony Hopkins. She plays a blue collar janitress in a small, tony New England college where Anthony Hopkin’s is a professor. God she was amazing. So real, nothing phony, nothing put on, her pain so raw…can you imagine classy Nicole Kidman believable as a janitress? I couldn’t either but wow did she nail it. She made me cry. Can’t believe she didn’t get an award for that.
Hi OSA. I suspect that you want to open a comm line with me, circuitously, with friendly, genial comments, first using my own handle and now “Aquaman”? No worries, though, OSA Twice is a still a coincidence. Three times and then it will no longer be a coincidence. At least that’s what Sherlock Holmes always says 🙂 Have a nice day!
Friendly sort aren’t they?
Sort of reminds me of schoolyard mentality after getting an F in intelligence.
Speaking of Valor. I once wrote in a screenplay thirteen years ago:
The Gang Leader is visibly showing signs of rage.
What would YOU know about courage?
Dennis touches the Gang Leader’s forehead with the four fingers of his right hand.
This is courage.
INT. CORRIDOR – INS AGEONE
The point of view is looking down the sights of an 11.4 mm semi-auto pistol, Imperial version of the classic .45 ACP. The sights are lined up on the faceplate of the armor of a Zhodani Commando. The trigger is squeezed and there is a flash at the muzzle.
INT. MORNING – INTERROGATION ROOM
The Gang Leader tenses up. Dennis then lifts his hand away and we see the Gang Leader relaxes and then urinates in his pants. Dennis waves his right hand as if he were presenting something and speaks to the Civilian Woman.
Behold! The superior being!
The Civilian Woman tries to suppress a smile. The Gang Leader is struggling with his restraints and is attempting to make defiant noises.
For someone who has had the best of the very best service in Scientology, it’s amazing to think that he is a False Attest on the PTS/SP Course and on Grade 0 and 4 (at least).
They shoot a lot of movies in my town. Judging from the whopping big camper trailer I seen parked in their staging area I think little Tom is here. LOL I will let you know if there is an uptick in the number of $cientologists here. LOL
This is COB to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know your new affair
Now it’s time to clear the planet if you dare
This is Major Tom to COB
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And you’ve made me what I really am today
Interesting timing. My husband (a never-in) asked me about this just yesterday. Even he’s noticed that TC is kind of silent these days. I found the Simon Pegg statement confusing… how would asking a “friend” about their involvement in $cn be a violation of that friendship? I couldn’t knit that together.
“…how would asking a ‘friend” about their involvement in $cn b a violation of that friendship?”
Sounds like Tom’s got a Failed Purpose on disseminating Scientology, hmmm?
No worries, Scientology can help you with that!
Miss Dutch says
I guess you could count that actress/Playboy model who did a video interview on YouTube a couple of months ago. She claimed that Tom came to her in a dream and brought her into Scientology.
I’ll go a bit old fashioned here, TC is the walking, breathing, living example of a “jerk.” On top of that he’s the best friend of David Miscavige, geezers… He must get his jollies off knowing his best friend destroys people’s families and bankrupts whoever he can as part of his religious responsibilities.
I don’t think Simon Pegg did a wise thing saying that in that interview. It’ll sink in and will come back to bite him.
Wonder what Shelly thinks of Tom?
Completely agree with you on every point you made, Yawn.
And by the way, with 1 or 2 exceptions I don’t consider him a good actor. If I did I would see his movies.
But I think he is for the most part an mediocre talent, a 1 trick pony who’ll be making Mission Impossible sequels for as long as he can still do his own stunts. As an actor I consider him unremarkable so I don’t see his movies. Its really that simple.
I can separate an actors’ religions or politics from their work.
Good heavens if I couldn’t do that I wouldn’t be able to see any movies or read any terrific books, or even go to museums to see great works of art!
I mean, how do we know that some of the Great Masters didn’t go home at night and beat puppies or something? Was Michaelangelo a good father? No one knows or cares. Was Botticelli faithful to his wife? Ditto. Van Gogh we know was a whacko who cut off his right ear. Gauguin was a stockbroker whose income collapsed after which he and their five kids were supported by his wife until he finally dumped all of them and fled to Tahiti. Geniuses, right? All of them. Yetlook at them as people, as husbands, fathers, friends, their behavior in their personal lives – despicable, we could agree, right?
So, yes when it comes to acting, or writing, or painting, etc., one must separate the work from the persons. Hell, my favorite go-to dry cleaner could have slept with his sister when they were kids – how would I know, and if I knew should I stop going to him?
You’re on a roll…
You’ve summed up the many variations of ‘jerk’.
Yes, I suppose I have…but you know, we are all so…what’s the word…flawed. Are we not? And yet, we are wonderful too. And everything in between. God, its all so complex! I give up 🙂
That’s why alcohol exists, briefly smooths out one complexity and then provides another if overdone. Same could be said for many things, police for example. But hey, it’s all living and each of us participate, some just go about it in nicer ways.