Connor Cruise's Bizarre Rant Against Caitlyn Jenner Smells Like Scientology

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Like father, like son? It seems Tom Cruise's 20-year-old son Connor has inherited his father's capacity for going on bizarre public rants criticizing other celebrities (who can forget Tom's crazy anti-Brooke Shields diatribe?). In a now-deleted series of tweets, Connor slammed the decision to award Caitlyn Jenner the ESPY Award's Arthur Ashe Courage Award -- and his reasons will have you scratching your head.


Said Connor:

"Really?? Winning the AA award for courage?? Ashton is gonna come out and yell PUNK’D. Don’t get me wrong. Do what you feel like doing and don’t let anyone stop you. But everyone is taking this way too seriously. There are so many more important things that should be talked about. And SO MANY MORE IMPORTANT PEOPLE that actually deserve an award. [Like] the fact that we are overfishing and in 30 years there will be no more fish. Seems dumb but 85 percent of the worlds protein is fish. Or what about the fact that our planet is becoming less habitable on a daily basis. Yet the population is increasing at an alarming rate. Or the fact that we all can't even get a long on earth lol. We fight and kill each other. We have war and poverty. This needs to change." 

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Um, okay. Sure, Connor -- sustainability and conservation are definitely things we need to be talking about. War? Poverty? Completely worthy topics of discussion. You're not wrong about that. But here's the thing: The Arthur Ashe award has nothing at all to do with anything you brought up. According to Wikipedia, the award is "presented annually to individuals whose contributions 'transcend sports.'" Sounds like Caitlyn Jenner is the exact right person to get this award, especially considering Jenner's history as an athlete and the fact that the ESPY Awards are an athletic event. 

So what's up with Connor? Could this have anything to do with the fact that Connor, like his dad, is a practicing Scientologist? And that Scientology is rumored to be rather LGBT-unfriendly? Scientology also frowns upon psychology, and that was the root of Tom's rant against Brooke Shields, who took medication for post-partum depression. Connor deleted his comments and "apologized," tweeting:

"Totally twisting what I said, if you read what I said I totally support being happy and am glad she is happy."

But the whole thing still smacks of intolerance to me. At least Connor's still young -- hopefully as he gets older he'll move away from his dad's beliefs, as many young adults do. Because, well, did you see Going Clear?! Case closed.

What do you think was behind Connor Cruise's twitter rant?


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