Tuesday, October 07, 2008
The Daily Beast has run an interview piece with Jennifer Lopez and when asked about being a Scientologist, she denies actually being one but everything else she says would prompt you to believe that she is one. Here’s the basic rundown:
“I do know a lot about Scientology. And I know about the practices. I know all about what the technology is and all that kind of stuff. It’s very helpful. So in a sense, yeah, you do call on it.”
“Do you consider yourself a Scientologist?”
“No…I wouldn't have a problem saying [I was] because I know what it is. I have no problems with it and it really actually bothers me that people have such a negative feeling towards it.”
“That it is too exotic? Too cultish?”
“Just negative feelings.”
“Would you consider schooling Emme and Max in a Scientology school?”
“Yeah. I wouldn’t mind. Not at all. Because I know that the technologies that they have are very helpful…It’s all about communication. That’s the thing I really don’t like about talking about this. I do know so many great people who do do it, who choose it as a lifestyle and really follow it and it is their religion…I just wish that people wouldn’t judge it without knowing what it is.”
She is side stepping the issue like she’s being asked if she’s gay. It’s about tiptoeing a line between lying and avoiding conscious alignment with the mantle. Plus, the entire thing is about Tom Cruise – weirdly enough.
J Lo has to be a Scientologist to keep up with the industry and to remain in with key players like Tom Cruise - especially seeing as her ludicrous career is tanking faster than anything. However, the main thing that seems to stop famous Scientologists who haven’t already come out as Scientologists is the fact that it is unequivocally attached to the complete disassembly of Tom Cruise as a coherent, functioning, sane person. So, really - Tom Cruise is the Alpha and Tom Cruise is the Omega.
Alpha and Omega aside, Tom Cruise is also the patron saint of freaking insane behaviour on TV and the general public see a total link between his insane behaviour and Scientology. That would explain to me why people like Will Smith and J Lo won’t come out as Scientologists. Actually, we interviewed Taylor Dayne on the radio show I do and she refused to talk about it as well. It also explains why people like Leah Remini ARE Scientologists. After all, who the hell is she besides an actress on a completely pedestrian, predictable sit com? Her association with Scientology and J Lo, however, keeps her in the loop with any celebrity press that goes with it. No one else on "The King of Queens" is getting press.
One thing that remains in my mind is that it really must be hard for Will Smith at a Tom Cruise dinner party. All that phoned in smiling and ass kissing and playful fighting wouldn’t be the hardest part. When you’re Will Smith, the hardest part of a dinner party with Tom Cruise is when he takes you into the den (Posh and Jada go and compare shoe collections) and gives you the hard sell on coming out as a Scientologist. Smith still manages it though. He still manages to keep that friendship going while never quite committing to it whole heartedly.
After all, giving in entirely to Tom Cruise would put you where Katie Holmes is and Katie Holmes is one bad movie away from a secret pill addiction and drunken speech at a gala dinner where she outs her husband. [source]