Happy Little Scientology Ad Can’t Hide the Crazy Underneath (VIDEO)

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Among the most surprising Super Bowl ads? The 60-second commercial by the Church of Scientology. The $8 million commercial only aired in select major markets, but it had a big impact. Not because it was weird -- which is what you might expect from the controversial religion -- but because it wasn't. 

As images of attractive, happy, seemingly normal people flash on screen, a narrator beckons, "To the curious, the inquisitive, the seekers of knowledge. To the ones who just want to know about life, about the universe, about yourself ... Not cute questions, big questions, ones that matter. To the rebels, the artists, the free thinkers, and the innovators who care less about labels and more about truth."

But this feel-good spot can't hide the real truth.

The narrator dares you to think for yourself, make up your own mind, and defy critics who just don't understand. And the ad is definitely visually appealing. It has even been compared to Apple's 1997 "Think Different" campaign. However, even that can't make people forget some of Scientology's most bizarre factoids.

  1. It was founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard who believed negative emotions were caused by things called Body Thetans and devised a way to get rid of them.
  2. They believe we are ruled by a galactic, alien overlord named Xenu.
  3. They require quiet or silent births. That means the mama-to-be must not utter a word.
  4. The church insists members that live on their compounds can leave anytime they want, but "defectors" tell a different story. Those that once lived in Scientology compounds claim they had to drive cars through gates to escape and were then relentlessly pursued. 
  5. After leaving the religion, director Paul Haggis said, "I was in a cult for 34 years. Everyone else could see it. I don't know why I couldn't."

 

What do you think of this Scientology ad?


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nonmember avatar Beth

I couldn't believe this commercial was allowed on! I almost posted a comment on facebook bc I was so shocked. Their little speech about "thinking for yourself" is classic cult trickery. It's how they get you to join. Nuts.

worms... wormspoop

I think all Religions are crazy, sorry but the idea of God or an Alien overload is just silly. Don't get me wrong, religion can teach us valuable lessons and is great in theory, it's just illogical. I myself practice the philosophy of Buddhism and please do not think I worship Buddha, lol, that is actually not what Buddhism is about.

Missi... MissiQuinn

"The quickest way to make a million dollars is to start a religion." - L. Ron Hubbard

nonmember avatar Franksn

And let us not forget the Scientology Organization's policy of publishing twisted lies to smear people who seek answers or don't obey and do as they are told. The Scientology Fair Game (google it!) policy is on the list. How can we forget their way of breaking up familes? Then there's the incident where they published Placido Fomino Jr.'s confessions on their internet slander sites to bully him.. Yeah free thinkers. Not. Oh, then Paulette Cooper & Tom Cruise. That's a little Scientology 101 to curl your toes. Look it up.

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