Time to dust off Odelay and have ourselves a good old fashioned Scientology Schadenfreude dance party! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Beck has officially denounced L. Ron Hubbard as his overlord and savior and declared himself an SP (that stands for smart person) by unequivocally stating he is not a Scientologist. I can hear Leah Remini cackling with glee from here.
Beck was raised in the “church“, as was his wife Marissa Ribisi, from whom he filed for divorce back in February. They were married for 15 years and have a 12-year-old daughter together. Beck also has a son from a previous marriage. In recent years, he never really talked about his affiliation.
In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald promoting his new record Hyperspace, Beck clarified that he is not a church member nor does he ascribe to Scientology beliefs.
“I think there’s a misconception that I am a Scientologist. I’m not a Scientologist. I don’t have any connection or affiliation with it,” Beck told the Herald. He went on to theorize that because his father — Canadian composer David Campbell — has long been a Scientologist, he was assumed to be one, as well.
“But I’ve pretty much just focused on my music and my work for most of my life, and tended to do my own thing,” he continued. “I think it’s just something people ran with.”
One possible reason people ran with it was because in a 2005 interview, Beck said “Yeah, I’m a Scientologist” so unless he was misquoted and what he actually said I’m a “science-ologist” as in a person who just really digs science (so, like the opposite), then I don’t know how he is confused. Between that, his family background, and marrying into the Ribisi family before his son with his first wife was even born (per Wikipedia), he’s going to have to cut us some slack for assuming. But as long as he says he’s not one now, I won’t blame him for being obtuse. You can take the man out of Scientology, but its probably a lot harder to take the Scientology out of the man.