(“Well, that’s rich coming from you, Erika Christensen!” –documentaries critical of Scientology)
Nothing puts a bee in the bonnet of a Scientologist like media reports that it’s a bit eccentric or documentaries shining a light on how members are often fleeced of life savings or how the Scientology bathhouse only gets cleaned every other hour. Y’know, typical religious critique. Erika went on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast the other day to say she’s not here for anyone to mock her way of life unless you’ve read the full texts of L. Ron Hubbard.
The Hollywood Reporter says Erika really takes umbrage with things like Leah Remini’s Scientology And The Aftermath docuseries or Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief, a 2015 documentary, because she claims they aren’t approaching their critiques from the actual philosophy of the “religion”:
“It honestly doesn’t have anything to do with anything that I’ve ever learned about the group or organization. To be specific about [Going Clear], if somebody has read a book, read Dianetics or some Scientology book and wants to philosophically tell me what they disagree with it, cool. That is a totally different thing. But, specifically with that documentary, the documentary was based on a book. The book was not even published in some English-speaking countries because the libel laws are stricter than they are here.”
In that line of thinking, she fails to bring up Scientology isn’t recognized as a religion in some countries because, well, the religious laws are stricter than they are here. If you don’t have six-pack Jesus, France ain’t buying it! Anyway, Erika says the so-called shady sources have “proven themselves to be irrelevant.” I take it she must have purposefully skipped the first season of The Talk.
Erika says she has only had the best of the best experiences being raised by Scientologist parents. She claims it’s “something that you do, it’s not something that you believe.” Something Elisabeth Moss allegedly did with it was walk out of the room at the Television Critics Awards last year when Leah won an award for her Scientology-shading show. Erika told Dax that Scientology enabled her to always drive “towards my best self.” She’ll be able to do the same as Elisabeth when Leah is at the Emmys and Erika is there for her next Hallmark Channel movie.