Scientologists put a call out to troll the Internet, and they’ve trolled us too (update)


Several of you emailed this story to us as a tip on Friday and we’re sorry for not getting to it until now. I’m overseas for the summer and with the time difference I didn’t hear about this story until after 5pm. (Do you work after 5 on Friday? I try to avoid it at all costs.) More than that, though, I wanted to take the time to look over our history here both with comment reports that may have come from Cos and with commenters that are obvious plants from Scientology. We have a few very clear-cut examples where they’ve commented, and a few obvious examples where they’ve reported comments as abuse. I’ll include some of those below. There are of course examples where Cos people seemed to be trolling the comments, and you’ve pointed it out in the threads. I’ve gone over several commenters’ history with us, and if they’re plants it’s hard to tell. The jury is out with some of them, although I wouldn’t doubt that they’re getting more sophisticated.

It’s worth noting that Scientologists have been monitoring the site since before the latest news about the TomKat divorce. Around mid February, people starting reporting mildly critical comments against Tom Cruise as abuse. (Someone reported these two comments making fun of Cruise’s height, writing that they were “crude.”) This was before the scandals broke about John Travolta, but after the Enquirer had run stories about Travolta’s behavior. So they’ve been paying attention and trying to monitor Internet chatter. We know that Scientologists have worked to have critical sites shut down, that they’ve had YouTube accounts closed that dared criticize the cult, and they’ve tried to stalk people who dared speak out against them. The criticism is getting too big for them now, and they’re now desperately trying to ask their members to report comments on blogs that reflect negatively on them. How lame. Here’s the story, from high-ranking defector Mark Rathbun’s blog:

The following is a write up posted by an Office of Special Affairs (dirty tricks and propaganda arm of Scientology Inc.) operative on how to counter free speech on the internet. It is posted currently with specific reference to those commenting on the break up of Tom Cruise and Katies Holmes and Scientology Inc’s role in the affair. The recipient Ray McKay is a well-known OSA operative. ”Razzline members” refers to members of a corporate Scientologist on line collective. When will David Miscavige (supreme leader of corporate Scientology and Tom Cruise’s best man) ever learn that attempts to suppress communication and expression only make more news than the news he attempts to censor?

From: Daniele Lattanzi
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2012 1:53 AM
To: Ray McKay
Subject: RE: Simple hatting on how to fight back on the internet and Stand Up For Your Religion

Dear Razz Line members,

I am not a big fan of media, but you may have glanced the news of the split between TC and Holmes and all the speculations around. While this is a personal matter, when people start to bring our religion into the middle and a bunch of uninformed people start to spread false datum, rumors and defame our religion it became a matter that does affect my Dynamics and I believe that affects yours as well.

Well, I am not somebody that I am going to simply stand and watch a bunch of uninformed people putting my religion under the carpet. So here is a simple hatting on how you can causative fight back and at the same time stand up and defend our religion on the internet.

Microsoft or Google or any of these big online company require that each person when create an account with them follow a Code of Conduct when they are on the internet. If there are abuse of such Code of Conduct, those website do actually invite you to report the matter to the Moderator — in other word, write the matter to Ethics.

These is where things can be turn around!

Here is a simple example on how to fight back abuse of the Code of Conduct that is happening within the Microsoft (MSN) website:

1. One of the Code of Conduct that Microsoft impose is to not “threatens, defames, degrades… an individual or group of individuals for any reason; including on the basis of age, gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, race, religion; or incites or encourages anyone else to do so..”

So is you go to MSN Now – What’s Trending? you will see different articles about TC and Holmes split. The articles then ask for comment…. (Note: if the article does not show up anymore on the first page, go to the search bar and type ‘Tom Cruise Divorce’… or a similar search. You want to go where the comment section is)

On each comment if you place your mouse over it,it show up on the bottom right a tag that say ‘REPORT’.

2. Click the “Report” Tag and a small window show up. Click the tab “Send Note to Moderator”

3. Once you do that a new window show up and you can send a text of 100 character. You can write something like ‘Violate Your Code of
Conduct’. “defames or degrades a group for any reason including on the basis of religion.”

The above exact comment it fit.

4. Read the comment from people and pick the ones that fit the violation of the Code of Conduct.

5. Report the Violation!! That’s it!! You are done.

6. Now rinse and repeat the same process from step 2 to 5..

Once you got the hang of it it get pretty fast and in one hour you can report of lots of these nonsense comment!

If is only one person (me) reporting these issues, the Moderator at Microsoft will not take the comment off. if you start to have 10 or 20 people reporting it, they are going to take this down.

LRH give an exact quote on the Price of Freedom that you find on Tape 1 – Transcript page 32 – The Genus of Dianetics and Scientology – ANATOMY OF THE HUMAN MIND CONGRESS. The same quote appear also in the Tech Dictionary under the Price of Freedom.

Ok – there you have it!! This simple hatting is something that you can use now for this or similar situations that may happen in the future.

Over to you!
Best
Daniel

[From Mark Rathbun's blog]

I googled “what is hatting Scientology,” and it’s “the training given to a person so that he or she can successfully perform the functions and produce the products of a specific job, duty or activity.” So this person is claiming she’s “hatting”/training followers by telling them how to report comments. Whatever.

As promised, here are the obvious comments from Scientologists as well as some comment reports. You know, there haven’t been that many. High end estimates put the number of current Scientologists at 50,000 worldwide. It’s not like they can control the whole Internet, although you know they’ve tried.

Comment from Bob, first time commenting
On post: Kelly Preston & John Travolta are in “Scientology marriage counseling” (note: this comment has been deleted)
Submitted on 2012/06/29 at 10:46 am
It’s amazing how easily people are deceived by these gossip blogs. If you people would have seen the video of this same red carpet event,you’d realize that you’ve been had. There is nothing awkward about the kissing. A matter of fact,the paps asked John to kiss Kelly numerous times.You can get photos to match any bullshit story you want,with today’s fast cameras. Gossip rags and blogs have had a grudge against John for years.They’d do anything to smear his name.Any logic thinking person can see this.

Comment from Vern, first time commenting, in reply to “Bob,” shown above
On post: Kelly Preston & John Travolta are in “Scientology marriage counseling” (note: this comment has been deleted)
Submitted on 2012/07/01 at 1:40 am | In reply to Bob.
So, if this information posted above about this site is true, then how does the site, itself, get away with writing such trash and bigoted BS? Where is this so-called friendly and welcoming atmosphere? Where is their own banning of their own foolish bigotry in allowing this trash to be printed? There is nothing lighthearted at all about this article. It is snide, offensive and extremely slanted in that the author pretends to know about things obviously never understood at all, yet chooses to talk of them in the most derogatory manner.

“Celebitchy aims to be a friendly, welcoming site where people can discuss entertainment stories and current events in a lighthearted, safe environment without fear of harassment, excessive negativity, or bullying. Different opinions, backgrounds, ages, and nationalities are welcome here – hatred and bigotry are not.’

How about following your own rules of conduct in what you write? Bigotry includes religious bigotry, too!

‘If you make racist or bigoted remarks, comment under multiple names, or wish death on anyone you will be banned.’

I know “Vern” is a Scientologist, because the “religious bigotry” angle is one the Cos pulls every time.

In terms of the comment reports, as solicited by that poorly-written email, we received a couple after this e-mail went out. Someone sent in abuse reports on these two comments mocking Cruise for his height and making fun of Scientology. They only wrote that the Scientology comment was “abusive.” One came in on July 5th and another yesterday, July 8th.

That’s all I could find that were obvious, although I believe there are more. It’s actually kind of pathetic when you think about it. I used to be scared of Scientology, considering how their most vocal protesters and enemies have met some very suspicious and questionable deaths, usually by unlikely “suicide.” The tide has turned, and it’s Scientology that’s running scared. It’s about time. There’s still plenty of work to be done though. The things we’ve heard about abuse and torture within the church have been chilling and I doubt they’ve stopped just because they’re under the microscope.

Update: we need your help blocking Scientology ads
Our ads are generated by Google Adsense, which creates them based on keywords. We’ve blocked many URLs from Scientology, but some are still slipping through. They keep creating new sites, the latest are defaming their detractors, and creating Adsense ads for them. If you see a Scientology ad on the site, please e-mail us at info@celebitchy.com with the exact URL. We can only block the ad based on the site name/URL. We already know about WhoisMarcHeadley.com and we’ve blocked that ridiculous and transparent site. It may take some time for the block to take effect though.

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  1. beyonce's bump says:

    Yes Celebitchy! I love yall. PLEASE continue to call COS out on their creepy and scary tactics!

  2. Mary says:

    Does it truly not occur to these people that when you are going to such lengths (to the point of actually having people troll the internet for bad comments about co$), it might be considered crazy?

  3. spugzbunny says:

    Ooooooooo Wow! I cannot wait to see how this whole thing plays out!

  4. Jackie says:

    I recently read “Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion” by Janet Reitman. Fascinating and creepy as hell. I’m tempted to go see for myself what it’s all about but very scared to because you see all these seemingly intelligent people getting sucked into it. What is it that they do that makes people go to such extreme lengths to protect it? So bizarre.

    • gg says:

      They prey on people’s personality disorders and insecurities and then tell them that “your SOUL is in MORTAL DANGER!” and scare the pants off them after wearing them down. Anybody with a strong personality, they will avoid.

      • Cam S says:

        @gg:
        You are absolutely correct. They prey upon weak minded or easily influenced. Not to say that their victims are not intelligent, they are just trusting.
        It’s so sad, my husband is from Germany and he never heard of Scientology, he thinks it is banned there.
        Why do they have a Christian cross above their “church”?? Anyone know?

        Also, they say you can still be a Christian, Catholic, Jew etc AND a still be a Scientologist- but this IS FALSE. My ex- room mate (she took some Scientology classes, before they bled her dry) says they teach re-incarnation and having lived past lives. Christians do not believe in reincarnation (as far as I know). Just another SHAM statement. Scientology sounds more like a TEACHING than a religion, or an applied science

      • gg says:

        @ Cam – yes, they use the cross as a logo on their podiums (see it in many photos) with light or an “X” behind it.

        I also notice on their logo on the roof of the $cieno Centre in LA, they have broken down the two triangles of the Jewish Star of David.

        They do this just to muddle understanding of their cult to people who already belong to a religion. So their cowardly clouding tactics extend absolutely to anything that can confuse people and lure them into the Mob, er, the Cult.

        And to use their own arguments/trolling statements against them, I ask, if “all those other fairy tale religions” are so bad, then why are you copying their symbols?

        And as if it’s not obvious, psychology is decried by them because guess what will easily pick apart their recruitment strategies and damning proclamations on non-cult members? – one and the same = Psychology.

    • K says:

      Jackie,

      Like you, I was tempted to check out what Scientology was all about after all the crazies that has come out this past week! But was too scared lest they started harassing and spying on me as I have no intentions of joining or paying $$$ to them.

    • French reader says:

      I know an anthropology student who infiltrated them by using a fake name/adress/etc (actually I think they were real just in case the CO$ ever checked, but they belonged to his high school bully or something), so that they wouldn’t find him after he was done.

    • DreamyK says:

      I downloaded this book last week and it’s on my TBR list.

      The stealth campaign of the CO$ frighteners isn’t particularly stealthy.

    • Emily says:

      Actually, victims of cults — any cults — by and large are not weak-minded and they do not have personality disorders.

      First and foremost, cults seek out people with money. Second, they seek out intelligent people who want to help the world and are disillusioned, seeking something new. Scientology sells itself to people as the only way to better the world and onesself.

      Con artists, cults, and abusers use similar tactics. They start with flattery. Part of that is, “you’re such a smart person, you could never succumb to flattery. Only someone as smart and wonderful as you…” If someone thinks they’re too smart and skeptical to fall for a con artist, cult, or abuser, they’re a better mark. Anyone can fall for the right pitch.

  5. Amelia says:

    In a way, isn’t this kind of good?
    It means the creeps are getting rattled.
    Oi, Co$ – are you going to supply TC with a cushion when he goes to court, or is he going to bring his own? Because I’m beginning to doubt he’ll be able to see the judge once Katie takes him down a few more pegs.
    Ooohhhh, what you gonna do? Report me?

  6. Jade says:

    OH LAWD XENURUPAULCHEEESUS Thank you for posting this!!! Hugs all around celebitchy.

  7. Sue says:

    Still laughing at picture of Kristi Alley with ciggie hanging out of her mouth…. So attractive!

  8. normades says:

    Awesome post!! I love how you were able to weed them out.

  9. Raven Sparrow says:

    And THIS is why I love Celebitchy!!! You ladies are the best!!!

  10. Mac says:

    “If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him.”

  11. gab says:

    I am happy that the tiny man behind the curtain is being exposed. That will be the Co$ downfall for sure. Shine a light on them and they scatter into the cracks. I hope this attention on this cult continues and the people at the top feel the pressure. The truth is hard for this group. I cannot wait for more people to demand that these individuals be held accountable to our nations laws. Enough with this terrorism from them. Keep it up Celebitchy, keep publishing the truth!

  12. Lem says:

    I imagine this is a great time to mention that scrolling on my phone often results in hitting the report tag. I assume since I don’t enter the tag and submit they do not register / report.
    I do it quite often and hope this causes no issues. The tag just happens to be where my thumb scrolls through.

  13. It is ME!! says:

    I am assuming that English is not the first language of Mr. Lattanzi, the gentleman who sent out the “hatting” e-mail.. If it IS his first language, then hopefully that horrible grammar he used is not indicative of students who are educated in CO$ schools. Yikes!

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      It is a hallmark of their grammar, that is one of the ways you spot the trolls. They are schooled in sci schools and religious schools have different standards.
      Look for improperly used words, double or many commas, semi colons, double periods, etc.

      They were very obvious last week glad we know better over here. Thanks CB!

      • lulu says:

        Well I guess that’s one way to ‘cure’ dyslexia. Make it the new norm!

      • mia girl says:

        Tiffany
        I’ve learned so much from your comments re: your experience with this. And while all of the madness around CO$ freaks me out, the fact that they teach bad grammar on purpose is pretty shocking. Do they really have their own standards?!

      • sarahtonin says:

        The problem stems from LRH, he had a terrible command on english and regularly misused big words that were beyond him. Actually, he was bad at maths and english. He thought calculus was a black magic operation because it was so beyond his grasp!

        With no proper education, no wonder these kids are completely illiterate.

      • MerryHappy says:

        Come now, sarahtonin! They’re not completely illiterate–they operate least on a fourth grade level. I’m always reminded of a child trying to sound like an intelligent adult when I read any Co$ newsletters/emails.

      • sarahtonin says:

        Perhaps they are all just really stoned on Vistaril, the drug LRH’s corpse was found full of when he died?

        [Vistaril® (hydroxyzine hydrochloride): An antihistamine used for allergies and the management of neuroses and emotional disturbances manifested by anxiety, tension, agitation, apprehension or confusion]

    • Lem says:

      They all seem to speak that way
      Weird wording – ackward sentence structure
      -extra irrelevant redundant phrasing ;)

    • Rumorhasit says:

      They don’t appear to study American history at all. For our American CO$ trolls, I would like to hip you to something called the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights, which advises…Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. therefore I don’t begrudge you, your beliefs.
      But when you try and impose your narrow, uneducated, thought controlled, pyramid- scheme influenced, cult brainwashing on me, that’s when we are going to have a problem.
      You want to live your life fettered, and intentionally blinded, unable to think for yourself, then go forth, and be stupid.
      For those of us who enjoy freedom, justice and the American way ,will have nothing to worry about, we will be passing on that Kool Aid.

    • Anne de Vries says:

      Co$ schools are very heavy on indoctrination, Hubbard lore and other sci bullshit, and extremely light on such trivial things as language, mathemathics and – especially – critical thinking.

    • sauvage says:

      Horrendous, right? English is not even my first language and I CRINGED reading that e-mail! “These” instead of “this” for example. Ouch.

  14. Launicaangelina says:

    LOVE THIS! Way to go for calling this cult out. Keep it up!

  15. lower-case deb says:

    why the internet trolling and/or attempt at censorship?
    even china can’t do it, what makes the Co$ think it can?

    • Anne de Vries says:

      Because they’re still operating by the playbook that was written by Ole Hubbs in the fifties. They *have* to, they’re not allowed to deviate from ‘the Source’. Smear your detractors! Harass! Always attack, never defend!

      Not even in his worst, drugged up paranoia dreams could the man have thought up the internet and what sort of effect it would have.

  16. eva says:

    I am so excited to see this. This is going to help others with not as many resources as Katie. Its like watching the Berlin wall come down!

  17. ShazBot says:

    Okay, in that second last picture, that man’s feet (is that Tom?) are comically large…it looks as though he’s wearing clown shoes!

  18. I.want.shoes says:

    Be afraid Co$. Be very afraid.

  19. Lee says:

    Thanks so much for keeping the light shining into the creepy darkness of this cult. I wonder if any of the members trolling the net really ever read what rational people say about the cult? If it gives even one cult member/victim the strength to break away, it’s a great side benefit to our summer of gossip. But hopefully they’ll break away in droves:)

  20. Jenn says:

    in response to vern…

    Church of Scientology is not a religion. At best, it is an organization. In my opinion, it is a cult.

    And this comment is not spam or abuse, it is my opinion, which I am entitled to voice!

    • Viv says:

      Thank you. Exactly. After years of not taking them seriously, as a Christian I am getting kinda offended lately by them calling it a “religion”. I remember asking scientologists about their Sunday services and church buildings and they all said there’s no service. WTH?

  21. John&Tom= :-* says:

    Some people are just idiots. And this is the nicest thing I can say about them. Do they really think that they can control everything and everyone? So delusional.

  22. Britt says:

    My parents live in Central Australia and miss out on all the good stories because they are busy working hard and can’t keep up with the gossip so I told them to come to this site to get all the updates.

    We talked about how we haven’t seen a movie of Tom’s for many years now, because of his abominable behaviour.

  23. MarenGermany says:

    why dont they just wait til the fuss is over? they got 46 billion years to go, right?

  24. Nanea says:

    Poor $cilons!

    They must read this blog and have to reply, although their comments won’t change the way we regulars are critical towards their fascist cult. Don’t they have anything better to do? After all, they’ve made that billion years pledge, and I think toiling away for the greater good of the Crazy Little Midget (either/or Miscavige or Cruise) would be so much more rewarding.

    Instead they have to deal with SPs and squirrels

    I’m so glad I can read CB whenever I find the time and comment whenever I feel like doing so, not because some higher up made me do it.

    Edited to add: thanks to the regulars for providing links, and thanks to Team CB for not giving in.

  25. Leish says:

    Still think its strange that the tomkat divorce came during travoltas massage crisis, even though they’ve obviously been informally separated for a while, thats my conspiracy theory anyway ;)

    • LAK says:

      there was a theory by several CBers on the JT threads that the travolta story was being put out by co$ themselves to scare him into staying with them. It is a very strong rumour that he has wanted out since his son died so suddenly this thing hits the headlines, with promise of more. With a few pay offs and public display of togetherness with his co$ wife viola, story goes away.

      Even if co$ knew about TomKat divorce, i don’t think they anticipated the co$ backlash.

  26. DanaG says:

    They must be really running scared if they are going to all this trouble and they are going to be doing a lot of reporting. Not sure how most places would deal with it. Thanks for giving us the information on CofS I always thought it was scary but now I really know it’s scary. It does explain why some magazines etc barely even mention the Scientology angle and seem to be for poor Tom. Most people these days have the internet and know how to find information. So it doesn’t matter how you try to make the news suit your own agenda the truth will come out.

  27. Turtle Dove says:

    And THIS is why I love this site. You rock.

    GREAT post.

    • hoya_chick says:

      Totally! Thanks chicas! Love this site. It’s my favorite by far. Came over a year a ago from a link from Dlisted and haven’t looked back since. I’ve recently begun to comment and I think that by and large this site is one of the fairest and least bias ones I’ve come across. Well written, not mean-spirited and super funny. Exactly what I was looking for. Keep up the good work. I love reading the comments and how we all embrace each other like a community. This CoS trolling is crazy. They are messing with the wrong site! Glad you guys are doing your part to fight back. They are such bullies!

  28. IrishEyes says:

    Way to post this story ladies!

  29. eric says:

    I bet they also hack into this site and steal comments e-mail data to monitor in their database. That would not surprise me. Beyonce hires trolls too and that is painfully obvious every time there is a post about her weight or fake pregnancy.

    • Intercontinental says:

      Wow…. That’s one he’ll of a loaded helium comment!! Especially for those of us who have recently commented on topic on this site and have indeed had email and other accounts hacked!! Could be a coincidence but…you now have us thinking!!

  30. G says:

    I can only hope that those who have been victims of this cult, including TC, will the read the over the comments and think twice about what they are involved in.

  31. the original bellaluna says:

    The only reason the CO$ is doing this is a lame attempt at slowing down the flow of information that it’s been hemorrhaging lately.

    Think about it – if they have “teams” of people scouring websites and reporting EVERY SINGLE NEGATIVE COMMENT about CO$, the Moderators, writers, and editors are going to be so busy researching comments that they won’t have the time to write the articles.

    It’s genius in its stupidity, actually. But counterproductive nonetheless. Anyone who goes to this much trouble to keep secrets MUST have some serious stuff to hide.

    Methinks they dost protest too much.

    • Dinah says:

      I think we regular readers/commenters should make every effort to limit our very most derogatory comments to Cult of Scientology ( ha, as if there is any scientific basis to any of it)posts, to limit moderator burden!

      Go CB, Kaiser & Bedhead!!!!

  32. Mia 4S says:

    You should start selling T-shirts: “I Got Trolled by Xenu!”. I know I would wear mine proudly.

  33. bub says:

    You rock for not backing down!!

  34. cody says:

    I don’t think it is just Scientology that troll social media looking for negative things about their cult, many celebs hire PR firms to scan the social media about them and then make comments on the sites.

  35. bej says:

    So glad you followed this up CB & are onto these nutters. I actually posted a link to this email published on Marty Rathburns site on here yesterday (or this morning my time). Once you know they’re trolling, it’s not too hard to sniff them out. The only positive about that email being sent out is that the Sea Org. members who are usually discouraged from accessing the internet are now being encouraged to check out these sites and hopefully will be exposed to some truths about their cult. The more links and info about the human rights violations, missing people etc commentors put up while these guys are trolling the better. Hopefully the exposure will plant the seed to research whats really going on in their so called ‘religion’.

    • Rumorhasit says:

      With the mainstream attention this story has garnered, and the allegations ex-members are throwing out there, why is the FBI not investigating this cult?
      That’s the question I would like answered.

    • Anne de Vries says:

      That’s a good point. The OSA people who do the ‘entheta fighting’ in normal times apparently have a high turnover rate because a lot of them start to think about what they’re reading and trying to counter.
      Normal scientologists apparently have a web filter installed (‘scieno sitter’) that makes sure they aren’t bothered by anything critical about Co$, as it’s bad for their ‘spiritual progress’. And any curiosity about what outsiders say is heavily discouraged and reason for unpleasant and expensive sec-checking.

      If they are basically telling a whole bunch of scientologists to go out and find the negative stuff – even if it’s just to report it – then a lot of people are seeing critical information they otherwise would not have.

      All the more reason to stay civil, on target and thought provoking.

  36. Kitty says:

    This site is seriously addictive and I wonder how many CoS trolls have ended up spending days and days on here reading about the Kardashians or Angelina :-)

    • hoya_chick says:

      I know right? In secret of course because what would Xenu say?! I live in NYC and find this site so ridiculously addictive that I load up my fav stories on my Iphone to read the comments on my subway ride home after work. Lol.

  37. lucy2 says:

    Kudos for this post. I agree the tide is turning, which is a really great thing. I hope those who are being abused by it are able to break free.

  38. Tiffin says:

    Yay CB!!! You keep the posts comin’ and we’ll keep the comments comin’!!

    This past week has been a learning curve for many and thanks to everyone who posted links etc.

    The CB Community rocks!!

  39. Lizi says:

    this is awesome!I honestly can’t consider scientology followers smart or intelligent. surely they can’t possibly think for themselves, everything about that so called “religion” is…childlishly silly! a bad,bad science fiction book,i’d easier believe in santa (which i never did).

  40. LadyJane says:

    Way to stand up the Scientology bullies. They are pathetic if they think they can control free speech. Tom is short. Tom is gaaaaayyyyyy. I happen to like short, gay men – just not ones with Napoleon complexes.

  41. Chatcat says:

    “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Albert Einstein

    Hey CO$ trolls…we are expressing our God given right of having an opinion and our Constitutional right of free speech here at CB. Too bad you don’t like it. Oh well.

    Oh and I don’t have a problem with Tom’s short stature, I have a problem that he is a complete untalented narcissist! You don’t like that either, well too bad AGAIN!

    • CC says:

      Didn’t he kinda throw a hissy fit in “In Interview with a Vampire” because Brad Pitt is taller than him? Or something to that effect. People are who/what they are..tall, short, skinny, fat, etcetcetc, but when you start being a b!tch about it is when you are deserving of ridicule. Normal people whould be “I’m shorter than that guy. So what? there are shorter people than me and taller also”

      • LAK says:

        He did. He was generally threatened by Brad Pitt and acted like a complete idiot on that set because of it. It was pretty entertaining especially because TC had been a star for a good 6-7yrs and Brad Pitt was breaking through at that time. The competitiveness about everything was really stupid.

  42. annette says:

    How great would it be if Leah Remini was still on “The Talk”? I’ve never watched the show but would definitely tune in to watch her discuss the TomKat divorce…awkward!!

  43. Samihami says:

    Just be careful, CB. I have heard enough rumors about Co$ to be concerned for the safety of anyone that criticizes them. These are scary, crazy people.

  44. diana says:

    I am happy you detected the trolls and they are exposed to the world. Cos s bullying ways definitely have to be stopped and scientology should be exposed for what it is – a mindless cult.
    At the same time I want to share something – I am an irregular poster here and I was accused of being a sciento troll for not agreeing with everything. Hopefully posters dont still think I m one because I love commenting here albeit irregularly.

  45. bella says:

    KUDOS to Celebitchy for taking a stand against this cult. It is true – it’s about time the tables were turned on this group who too many have been reluctant to call out. So bizarre that so many talented and otherwise seemingly normal people get drawn to this CULT! One can only hope that info out of the KH TC divorce will strengthen a movement to expose the COS once and for all!

  46. Stig says:

    I believe in freedom of speech.

    And I believe noone will miss me here or remember me.

  47. Elizabeth says:

    Well if I can’t go to a website called “Celebitchy” and read some “bitchy” comments about Tom Cruise being short, then what’s the point of signing on to the Internet at all? :)

    Keep up the good work.

  48. keats says:

    Aw bless their little hearts, they’re getting all riled up <3

  49. ali says:

    Obviously Scientology sponsored education doesn’t include grammar.

  50. Sillyone says:

    Hey COs followers…The same little amendment that gives you the right for your freedom of religion also gives us the right of freedom of speech so we can to say your religion is a cult, it very secretive, strange, preys on the weak or anything else we choose to say about it is all covered under the Bill of Rights..

  51. Dana M says:

    Way to go!! Love you guys!!!

  52. N-Bear says:

    Awww… I was *so* hoping I had one of the censured comments.

    Troll me next!!! Troll me next!!! Wear any hat you want!

  53. birdie says:

    Go Celebitchy! This is why I love this site so much, you see through these sick people and greedy organization! Don’t be scared of them, they are pathetic.
    Oh and: Tom Cruise is short short short short short short short short short short short short short.
    Take that cult members.

  54. Dimebox says:

    Hooray for Celebitchy! You give all of us the opportunity to add our voices to the fight against the CoS propaganda and their mind-addled trolls.

  55. The Original Mia says:

    We’re famous!

    They are so silly. The internet is too big to censure. Ask the FBI. But continuing trying since it exposes the butt-hurt nature of this so-called religion.

  56. kay says:

    yes, well, I am not surprised in the least.
    **cough cough Islandgirl**

    I certainly hope your personal safety is not at risk, because you are writing this blog.

  57. fancyamazon says:

    +1 for shining the light on their tactics. There are many cults out there, but right now Co$ is the big one, and they all use similar approaches. Through the last century they have made progress because people increasingly feel alienated, and groups like this seem so opening and friendly and sane in the beginning, promising enlightenment and so on, but then they end up isolating and ruining people.

    There have been some that cause a lot of damage, like Jim Jones, the Branch Dividians and the Raelians to name a few, but there are smaller ones out there that can be just as damaging on a personal level to a lot of people.

    By bringing to light the dangerous tactics of the Scientologists, hopefully more people will be aware of cult tactics in general and better able to avoid them.

  58. lower-case deb says:

    If it’s not for the well-documented horrendousness this church has been up to (i have nightmares just reading all the links since the beginning of what Michael K dub #tomkatastrophe), I’d be pressed to think that LRH has pulled the greatest trolling operation in history.

    “The Church of Scientrollogists” yuck.

  59. KaitX says:

    Thanks for addressing this Celebitchy! In the last week especially I noticed pro-Co$ comments. It’s good to know that you won’t back down!

    I comment infrequently here( and read every day) – but have loved reading the regulars take on $cientology in particular. Thanks everyone for keeping Celebitchy an intelligent site!

  60. Cathy says:

    Those people are seriously paranoid. Perhaps someone could recommend a good mental health therapist to them.

  61. Carol says:

    I am so happy to see this site’s stand against Scientology! My ex had a direct, horrifying incident with them so I have known about their shifty ways for years. Its so nice to see everyone from all over the world seeing this such cult for what it is. CB has common sense!

  62. really says:

    Will Radar or TMZ pick up this story? What about Perez Hilton? It seems like a pretty deal, and (if the email is verifiable) I would suspect that anyone who doesn’t cover it is either being paid or coerced to ignore it.

    • Crystalline says:

      Unfortunately, it tends to be common knowledge that they have paid off individuals and these sites are probably in the pocket too. If you are interested, I would suggest googling info on “Gold Base”. That area in particular has been accused of bribing local officials in order to stop the protests occurring outside and the county now has laws infringing upon the right to protest as a result. It is a huge mess and really shows how intense their influence is, particularly in CA.

    • MerryHappy says:

      Thesuperficial ran it last week too. It’s crazy

  63. Suzy (from Ontario, Canada) says:

    Celebitchy you are my favourite site and I love that you are on top of this and smart enough to catch all this and see it for what it is! Kudos to you!

  64. Jen34 says:

    + 1 for Freedom of Speech!

  65. Jazz says:

    Hey $cientologists – ┌П┐(◕‿◕) ┌П┐ – take that!

  66. mercy says:

    I’d go for a whole forum devoted to exposing their cult and ad bombing them right back. SciBitchy anyone? ;)

  67. Jaded says:

    Hey Co$ trolls – come on over to the other side, I mean it! En masse! It’s fun over here! We get paid good salaries to do 40 hours of work a week! If we get pregnant we don’t have to have abortions! We can free-associate with whomever we want! We can say whatever we want (the old freedom of speech thing you’re all so fond of quoting but don’t really get to do much of it…) We don’t need “minders” when we’re out shopping in the real world! We don’t have to scrub floors with toothbrushes when we piss Miscavige off! We will all gladly help with your de-programming!

    Signed:

    Celebitchy Posters

    • Anne de Vries says:

      And we don’t get forced to pay for expensive interrogations with a lie detector, either.

      That always kills me. As much messed up stuff as there is at the top… it is accepted on a broader level that you cannot speak freely about doubts, that you have to report on each other, and that at the slightest provocation you do not just get interrogated with a lie detector but that you have to PAY for the priviledge..

      is that what you signed up for, scientologists who are reading this? Is that compatible with the things you were told when you joined? Is that compatible with free speech, which seemingly does not apply to yourself – not even free thought?

  68. TG says:

    Anyone who can believe in a cult in which their leader tried to kill his second wife and kidnapped their child isn’t too smart. These people are really dumb. Co$’s time is over. Let’s get the Feds involved. They don’t have anything better to do anyway.

    And the news media are big fat cowards. I am looking at you Anderson Cooper and E News. Do your job and run these rats out of town. You guys could help expose these evil people for what they are.

  69. Anj says:

    Holy Cow! These Scientologists must have a code of conduct that every member of their cult to be batshit crazy.

    As for TomKat Divorce, guess Katie decided not to renew their contract eh?

  70. amanda says:

    How do they brainwash their members so well? Most Sundays I can’t be bothered to drag myself out of bed for church. Forget about spending hours trolling sites to report antichristian comments.

    Couch jumping must just be the tip of the TC crazy! I hope he completely loses it during this divorce.

    • LAK says:

      It’s a self help therapy. that’s how they get brain washed so well. They are not allowed to advance to next level until they’ve mastered the level they are at plus they don’t tell them the whole truth from the beginning.

      They brainwash you enough to desire the next level up which unfortunately costs money. And with each level up you go, the more accepting you are of whatever nonsense they decide to tell you because they have removed your capacity to think for yourself or even critically and to treat the rest of the world as enemies, if they don’t believe the same as you.

      If you’ve never bought a self help book, then congratulations. you’ll probably be immune to their tactics.

    • Emily says:

      They’re motivated by fear, not love.

      They can either troll these sites or lick the bathroom floor, be sent to the Hole, be beaten, and be cut off from their families, among other things. They’re kept on short rations and shorter sleep, making it difficult for them to even think about escaping. They’re paid basically nothing, so they have no monetary resources to fall back on while they look for a job in the outside world. Most of the people doing this trolling are not doing so because they want to.

  71. TG says:

    And does anyone else find that blue pic of the Co$ cult building to resemble what walking up to dracula’s castle would be like? Who in their right mind would ever want to venture in there. Also, did you all see the cheesey photos of inside the one of the buildings in FL? It looke like some tacky 1970′s futuristic movie set. These people are just dumb.

    • C says:

      Downtown Clearwater is like their unofficial headquarters of the world. The main hotel is the Ft. Harrison Hotel, which up until a few years ago had snipers on top of it (finally the city grew balls and made them take them down). I have to drive past the hotel every day on my way to work. The other night I saw a car with a “Psychiatry Kills” bumpersticker. They all walk around in pairs, in business attire, in the middle of Florida in the winter. And they don’t believe in tipping. They’ll all go to a huge dinner, and won’t tip. About a block down from the hotel is a guy who sells “Scientology Kills” CDs and has a big sign about the evils of Scientology. I keep meaning to grab a CD of his.

      I grew up around Clearwater. Scientology is a fact of life around here.There would be a story on how Scientology claimed another life almost every other weekend on the front page of the newspaper. If you google “St. Pete Times Scientology” there are tons of anti-Scientology articles that pop up.

  72. Reece says:

    Not much else to add here other than my own Right On CB! Continue to call their crazy out so everybody can see.

  73. Green_Eyes says:

    I hope all blogs continue to call this Cult out for what is. Time the head crazies were the one cleaning w/ toothbrushes. The sad part is they won’t. Even if justice were served & they were the ones institutionalized unlike all of their non wealthy victims, their pathetic rights would be upheld by Civil Rights laws. Makes me wish for some crimes we had an eye for an eye law. Think the creepy dude David would really be shaking in his sanctimonious shoes when the walls closed in… All the people he had made disappear including his wife & all the lives he destroyed.

  74. G says:

    Well I guess they didn’t like my L. Ron Hubbard “crazy quotes” link I put up last week then huh? LOL!!

    One can always tell it’s CO$ if they refer to it as a “religion”.

  75. Khalesi says:

    another reason I love reading celebitchy! keep the magnifying glass on CO$ and continue to expose their truth of their abusive practices

  76. mayamae says:

    Posters have linked to The Village Voice for CO$ articles, but I also found some good info on The Daily Beast. The had a story about the British journalist doing a story for the BBC who was harassed and followed until he lost it and screamed in Tommy Davis’ face. That was in 1997. He now has an update in which one of the highest ranking defectors confirms that he was followed and tailed the whole time. It also showed snippets of interviews he did with Anne Archer, Leah Remini, Kirstie Alley, and Juliette Lewis. All four laughed and denied the xenu story. Anne Archer (Mother of psycho Tommy Davis) pulled a self righteous How dare you! And Kirstie Alley was screaming in his face, “Would you tell a Jew his religion was a cult?”.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      mayamae – Someone provided the link on Friday or Saturday; I think it was erika. I watched it on YouTube in four parts – CREEPY.

      • TG says:

        The thing that bothered me about the reporter is he didn’t seem to have all his ducks in a row. I mean if you are going to do this brave reporting on this cult then you can’t let those maniacs get you upset and angry and you have to have your arugments ready for their nonesense. You have to be cool as a cucumber and also when brainless people like Kristi Alley and that stupid smirking Juliette Lewis (or whatever her name is) sit before you for an interview you have to be prepared for their nonesense and I don’t think this reporter was. The quickest way to enrage the tommys and the others would to be to appear completely unruffled. It would only bring out the crazy in them even more and give us viewers more to laugh at. That being said it was still a very informative program and was effective in showing the cults paranoid ways. I bet our own Anne de Vries on here could go to bat with them. And others was well who seem sharp and well informed.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        TG – Those scenes are from his previous foray into CO$ in 2007. And he WAS ill-prepared – who wouldn’t be? People joining CO$ are ill-prepared for the “full experience.” (According to the CO$’ own rules.)

    • LAK says:

      i keep forgetting Juliette Lewis is a co$. Was this before or after she dated Brad Pitt. To think, Brad Pitt could have been a co$.

  77. hillbilly in the corner says:

    See cult members the above comments is brought to you by .. the 1st amendment….and the Constitution of the United States of America…. Which also guarantees you the right to being a member of that cult you belong to and to drink the KoolAid when th Government finely goes after your leaders asses….but don’t worry you will be reincarnated again….isn’t that right there in your Rules of Living !!! ….

  78. Anne de Vries says:

    I’m glad to see that so far the reporting thing hasn’t been in huge volume on this site. I was worried that the Celebitchy team might be drowning in false reports. That’s one of the goals of it of course: that you’re too busy to write new articles, or that you get sick of the enormous volume of complaints and close the comments.

    As for the Co$ trolls on here, I generally find them easy to spot and so far they have mostly been countered without heat. You can’t make them stop, but I think so far we-the-commenty people have been handling them fairly well.

    • sarahtonin says:

      Yeah, we shoot them down but we could engage them better and mindf^ck them a bit more to undermine the crap they’ve been fed. (Not that they don’t get enough cognitive dissonance anyway but perhaps we can get them thinking, or enturbulate them so much CB is banned).

      The thread below has some great stuff about dealing with SO but the info is from the raid days. Some of it would still be effective though. Is there newer info out there?

      https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/how-to-make-sea-org-members-blow.10002/

      • Anne de Vries says:

        As I understand it the Indie movement is a huge thorn in DMs side because it does not require people to denounce LRH or the ‘tech’ – only DM and his manglement.

        I used to really dislike the idea of people getting out of the cult only to still be stuck in LRHs world by continueing to follow his doctrines – because I believe them to be both harmful and misguided.

        BUT I am coming around to the idea that going Indie is a halfway step for many people, and that as the independent scientology movement grows (as it is currently doing) they will hopefully find ways to navigate LRHs works that leave out the harmful stuff and keep what they believe is helping them. Some people will stay practising and many will drift away as they slowly relearn critical thinking skills and wean themselves away from toxic cult thinking.

        Apparently it often takes at least as long being out as somebody was ‘in’ for the Co$ programming to be fully processed and then shaken off. We’re not going to do that with a few messages. All we can do is inspire questions here and there. Baby steps.

        I think this was interesting, from Arnie Lerma’s site:

        “I was in the cult and on staff for 10 years… here are the stages I have seen… as one exits the ‘Hubbardian’ mind control program….

        1) There is something wrong here, if this is so great, then

        why is (______) going on?

        [ insert whatever atrocity you have witnessed ]

        2) The guys at the top must be crazy

        3) Miscavige and crew are evil demons from another dimension

        [ or something similar ]

        4) Hubbard went crazy at the end …..

        5) Hubbard went crazy in 1966

        6) Hubbard was mad from the start.

        7) This whole thing is a complete fraud

        8) my god, its a criminal organization… with criminal convictions

        all over the world… and it was only about money

        9) realization that THERE ARE NO OT’s THERE!

        10) realizing, after leaving Scientology, this makes one an ex-nazi and wanting to do something about it”

      • sarahtonin says:

        Thank you for the tips. Totally agree with you about freezone. At first I was frustrated that people were leaving CO$ rather than scientology. But the church is far worse so small victories and all that.

        So I, too, have come to the conclusion that indie is a step in the right direction in regaining autonomous thought. It means they are free to come and go, talk to others and keep a firmer foot in reality, access all the data to make an informed choice, things they are strictly forbidden to do currently. Eventually, with enough exposure to the real world they may see what we see: that it is all bunk. (Yep, I heard 12 years to undo all the psych damage too). After all, freedom of religion is the freedom to no longer choose to follow it too, if you become disillusioned with its philosophy or practices, no?

        Btw I think this is a good approach with them:

        We are not fighting to stop your religion, we are fighting to stop the systemic abuse of its members at the hands of DM and his church.

        (I also like, “If LRH is Source, then DM is squirrelling the tech” angle too). This protects us from any religious bigotry crap they accuse us of.

        Oh, and I love that indie really pisses the church off. Another reason it gives DM asthma attacks is because being indie means you are no longer a cash cow for them, and as numbers dwindle hopelessly, they need all the money they can get.

  79. stop the madness says:

    Thank you for this post! Trolling is so CRAZY!! I hate it.

    If I see any weird ads I’ll be sure to report them.

  80. Lucky Charm says:

    I’ve been hearing a LOT of Scientology ads on the radio lately. And I hope that person who wrote how to report comments (really, they need to be taught how do that?!) speaks English as a second or third language, because the spelling & grammar were atrocious!

  81. emq5006 says:

    I follow Celebitchy regularly but have never commented until now. Good work!!! Love it!!

  82. melissa says:

    If CoS wasn’t so keen on strong arm intimidation, I would find them absolutely hilarious.

    Too bad LeeAnne Slimes isn’t a friend of Xenu. The cult trolls would really have their work cut out for them.

  83. only1shmoo says:

    Celebitchy, you ROCK! I’m sorry to read about the grief (poorly phrased at that) that the Co$ has been causing you. Despite its immense wealth, most non-members are well aware that the organization is a cult — some members of my family (whom I would rather not mention) actually joined the Co$ in the ’90s. The organization cost them tens of thousands of dollars for the sake of “evolution”, and they became hostile toward the rest of us for not understanding, or worse, questioning their new POVs. They actually tried to sucker my mom into going for a “healing session”, and being open-minded, she agreed to try it once. Long story short, she told the staff to “F—off!” and then stormed out of the meeting because she was asked a ton of invasive and inappropriate personal questions, and when she declined to answer, they chided her for being uncooperative.

    That’s my somewhat personal experience with Scientology. It’s crap, and yes, I fully believe that it is a cult! Moreover, yes, I will report any suspicious URLs if I see them.

    Keep up the great work ladies : )

  84. Mira says:

    I haven’t reported/spotted any troll so far. Don’t know if someone has reported me considering that I’ve expressed pity for Cruise in some of my comments (never for the Cult) :P

    This is hilarious

    http://www.newsfromtheend.com/2012/07/depressed-tom-cruise-crawls-underneath.html

    Who are those three ladies in the second picture?

    • TG says:

      @Mira – Thanks for the laugh. I have tears in my eyes now laughing so hard.

    • sarahtonin says:

      Mira, you’d spot them if you saw them. They are anti-Katie/Tommygirl sympathetic but with strange, poorly thought logic that could only come from someone who has been hiding under a futon for a decade.;) They have really bad sentence structure, use little or no punctuation (including capitalisation), poor spelling and even misuse words. It’s really obvious.

      PS Thanks for the link, that article is amazing! Tommy hiding under furniture should be a meme. Off to shop a piccie now!

      Edit: Do you mean the 3 women in the CB article (3rd pic down)? Kirstie Alley is in the middle with the fag hanging out her mouth. But the other 2 I’m not sure, maybe a daughter??

  85. Happy21 says:

    This creeps me out. Talk about big brother watching you. Big Brother named Xenu!

    Scary, crazy sh-t!

    Thanks for reporting on this Celebitchy. Hopefully, these scandals will have some effect on CO$.

  86. Feebee says:

    If one doesn’t believe that an organisation is a religion, does criticism of that organisation run to religious bigotry?

    A lot of people believe and I guess there is evidence of criminal activity within the CoS and so I find it no different that they would be receiving scrunity and comments in the same way the Catholic Church has over its abuse scandal – also criminial activity.

    I think part of the problem is we’re being pissed on and been told it’s raining and people don’t like that :)

    IMO Celebitchy has never printed anything that would be considered religious bigotry and think the readers and commentators whole heartedly agree. I will continue to enjoy the articles and the comments section for information and humour several times a day!

  87. Holly says:

    If you are interested in the current crisis going on in the COS, check this site every day: http://www.villagevoice.com/news/?ref=navigation.

    Great articles. Go back and read some of the older ones.

    • TG says:

      Something I have been very curious about is do these people report these crimes to the police and the FBI? I mean all I hear is people complaining about illegal activity such as slave labor and deaths, the Hole, etc. but have heard nothing about reporting anything to the athorities. Don’t get me wrong, I believe this stuff is true and think this cult is pure evil and anyone following it, including the fools who have escaped it but still believe in it, to be really stupid people. Why is nothing being done? I mean has Shelly Miscavige’s family reported her missing? Did she even keep in touch with her family outside of the cult? Are there articles from her family reporting her missing and any police investigation?

    • sarahtonin says:

      Hi Holly! I agree the VV ones are great. I don’t know why everyone is going to the tabloids for their info when these are available. At least we know what Ortega’s agenda is!

  88. skuddles says:

    These CO$ trolls are everywhere – I’ve spotted many of their comments on other gossip sites too.

    I recall someone on CB (OTiff I think??) stating that CO$ tend to be poorly educated and their comments are easy to flag – not just by content but by how badly written they are too. Some of the comments I’ve seen are loaded with atrocious grammar, spelling errors, and nonsensical run-on sentences. Most state something along the lines of “Katie is bad, Katie is crazy, Katie is greedy, etc etc, Tom is the victim here, Tom is good guy” on and on ad nauseum.

    These trolls can raise a fuss all they want – they cannot change people’s very negative views of their dangerous, destructive cult…. I refuse to call it a “church” or a “religion”.

  89. palermo says:

    Just the fact that they are trying to “control” the entire internet tells you how insane they are

  90. Ayame says:

    Good lord, the author of that “hatting” email seems practically illiterate.

    • Izzy says:

      Right?! I’m a bit picky when it comes to proofreading, and that letter was driving me nuts! Honestly, if I had received that, I would’ve sent a reply highlighting my corrections. I don’t think I could have stopped myself! :D

    • meh says:

      Yeah that struck me too. You’d think they’d strive for better writing/education standards within their “church” schools. Being able to express yourself articulately can lend a lot of credibility to a person.

      I guess it’s better that they can’t express their creepy views with proper grammar.

  91. Sour worms says:

    If they think they are helping TC, they are bigger fools than I thought. This is only help KH case in proving how f–ked up this religion is.

  92. Catie says:

    Ummm, is this not a religion started by a science fiction writer? A science fiction writer??!! That should be enough to tell any normal critical thinking human that that just is nuts and so are those that follow it.

  93. the original bellaluna says:

    To Whom It May Concern:

    We are not “trying to sweep” your “religion under a rug.” We are trying to UNCOVER that which has been swept under the rug by your CO$ and pull back the curtain on the Great Oz.

    Sincerely,
    bellaluna

  94. Veruca says:

    CB, I know I’m supposed to play nice and not say naughty, evil things about people, but can we make an exception in this case?

    My evil side REALLY wants to goad these trolls…

  95. j says:

    Thank you celebitchy!

    Hopefully some of the commenters from scientology will read this and realize there’s a world out here, just waiting for them to rejoin it. They don’t have to stay trapped in a belief system that costs them everything and isolates them. And if they decide they want help, there are lots of resources for people coming out of it.

  96. junegorilla says:

    I think it is very interesting how the COS attempts to control how their showpiece celebritys appear to the world is an epic FAIL. John Travolta has had rumors about sexually harrassing male body workers, having an affair with his male nanny, losing his son to an affliction that doesn’t exist according to COS and basically looking like a big fat mess. Kirstie Alley is washed up careerwise, is a big fat mess and can’t keep a relationship together. Tom Cruise has had rumors swirling around him since divorcing Mimi Rogers and this lates kerfuffle is just the icing on the cake. I did think that the article in people magazine about “They all LOVE Tom” that was populated with D listers speaks to his current status in Hollywood. I know that I skipped seeing “Rock of Ages” specifically because of Cruise. And let’s talk about Beck. In July 2007, in New York City, a filmmaker, video game creator, and blogger named Theresa Duncan died of an apparent drug and alcohol overdose. Her death was ruled a suicide. A week after Duncan’s death, her companion of twelve years, the artist Jeremy Blake, was reported to have been seen walking into the ocean at Rockaway Beach, New York. His body was found off the coast of New Jersey five days later.

    Just two months before her death, Duncan had stated in a post on her blog that she and Blake had been harassed by the Church of Scientology, and in the comments section of that post (since deleted), and also in a blog post she’d made in March, Duncan indicated that the harassment began after Blake worked with Beck (he designed the album cover for Beck’s 2002 album, Sea Change, as well as related visual materials ). Following the couple’s deaths, an article by Chris Lee in the LA Times revealed that Blake had extensively documented what he and Duncan perceived as harassment and obstruction by a number of people.

  97. Izzy says:

    A brief note to the Co$ trolls: come and get us, B!TCHES. I am a PR professional AND a trained lawyer – and at that, one who learned Constitutional Law from one of the greatest legal scholars our country has ever seen(see: John Hart Ely; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hart_Ely).

    I’ll match my wits against your half-witted “church” any day of the week.

    Oh, and on the subject of my posts: YOU’RE WELCOME.

  98. Lurkeelee says:

    haha, this shiz is hilarious. I hear Tommygirl is also the most likely celeb to sic his lawyers on the tabs and blogs if he gets offended.

  99. Sarah says:

    haha this is hysterical, what a bunch of nutters. You should be flattered they think you worthy of their (unhinged) attention.

    Wake up CO$, you ask anyone in the street about you and they either think you’re a joke, dangerous or don’t care either way. Dumb freaks.

  100. Kim says:

    Obviously they have alot to hide or they wouldnt spend their time doing this. Can you imagine the Pope doing this? hahaha!

  101. Lesleyannp says:

    I’ve been following the ass-hattery of $ci£ntology since TCs couch-jumping, calling everyone glib phase, and found the Panorama documentary extremely disturbing (yet brave!).

    The sooner this cult is exposed the better. I too read Janet Reitmans book and i think i read it in 5 days it was so engrossing, yet horrifying. I regularly go to the message boards on xenu.net as well to read up on whats happening within scientology and how they are crumbling from the inside out. To call themselves a religion is an insult to other religions. You don’t have to pay thousands of pounds to worship whatever god you please. Scientology preys on the weak, gains their trust, then rips the piss out of them and abuses them. It makes me so angry!!

    Well done CB, you are brave and courageous and I applaud you. Keep up this good work.

  102. Lesleyannp says:

    Well done CB, you are brave and courageous and I applaud you. Keep up this good work.

  103. Emily says:

    There are very few Scientologists, but it doesn’t take many people to troll articles on the internet — this is their job, after all. Most of the Scientologists trolling Scientology articles work for the Co$ Office of Special Affairs, OSA for short. They don’t have 40-hour workweeks, either. Or 80-hour. People in the Sea Org and OSA work killing hours, getting only a tiny bit of sleep and a little bit to eat. They don’t have to think of original posts, either, since they have templates to use. Just variations on a couple themes.

    People in Co$’s OSA who troll the internet have a very high burnout and escape rate. I hope all you people reading this whose thankless job it is to troll sites for Scientology are able to escape and live real lives.

    • Katija says:

      Yeah, I think the time has come for a little pinch of compassion for these people. If you are a Scientologist who is paid to follow comments like this, pause for a second: Is this bizarre celebrity worship normal? Catholics don’t have to defend all of Mel Gibson’s missteps. Jews are free to call Woody Allen a pedophile. Baptists don’t troll the internet flagging comments that mock Britney Spears.

      Tom Cruise and John Travolta are Hollywood actors. They don’t care about you the way you care about them. Turning celebrities into prophets is NOT normal. Your religion is NOT normal, nor psychologically healthy.

  104. dizzy says:

    They’re trolling the internet? Lol, how pathetic.

  105. Crystalline says:

    Good job, CB. Be careful though, this organization has a lot of money and is way more dangerous than they should be.

    For anyone who is interested in reading about some of the bribery claims and protest issues, I really suggest looking into the scandals surrounding Gold Base. It used to be a huge protest spot, but has become a source of land lines issues, protest bans through the laws, bribed officials, unlawful arrests–it is a mess. If anything shocked me about scientology, it was seeing the videos protestors made there and just how awful these people were. Many of the protestors have been stalked, threatened, and assaults as well for their work to raise awareness and eliminate this cult once and for all.

  106. Janet says:

    This is the article from the New Yorker magazine. It’s still the definitive article on Scientology and gives an in-depth insider view of just how crazy this cult is:

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/02/14/110214fa_fact_wright?currentPage=all

    PLEASE READ!!!!!!

  107. Lady D says:

    Way to go CB!! I hate bullies.
    My favorite site for entertainment, learning, and laughing.

  108. amoi says:

    it’s increasingly obvious to spot them on tmz and other sites. they should probably try to type more like “regular” people. with that said, scientology as a cult/religion isn’t that far off from other religions which bigotry for is not publicly accepted. i side-eye the fanatic christians, mormons, or muslims the same way i side-eye scientologists…so technically, it’s not fair to choose which religion bigotry is allowed against and not considering all of them have promoted evil and committed major injustices. then again, what do i know, im a “put an end with all churches” type of person.

  109. lisa2 says:

    Oh my. don’t know what to say about any of this.

    just OH MY..

  110. Penguin says:

    Ugh, Can’t say I’m surprised. Proud that every1 here was too smart to fall for their bullshit. Keep up the good work CB!.

  111. Maeve says:

    I just found this and thought you all might be interested.

    (Long time reader, shy about commenting)

    http://www.bohomoth.com/?p=9155

  112. Lisa Marconi says:

    +10000! I totally support you – let’s expose these Co$ frauds and fakes! Go Celebitchy!!

  113. Been reading for years and never commented before – but just wanted to give another vote of support! Love Celebitchy!

  114. Jovia says:

    Keep up the great snark! The photo of Kirstie et al is awesome hilarious.

  115. kc says:

    Gogogogo celebitchy! You rock!

    Just a word on some previous commenters.. I *highly* recommend the book “Cults in our Midst”. What is fascinating is that it is not the “disenfranchised” who are sought, but regular, healthy intelligent people. These ‘normal’ people fall for a cults appeal for many reasons… Please be careful about castigating those who fall for a cults allure. They are rarely “stupid”.. I’m sure Tom C is protected from the worst Sci stuff and media fallout by a hand picked entourage of scientologists. Also, a great beach read is Gregg Hurwitz’s “The Program” — it’s a fictional book but details actual ways cults will recruit…

    Rock on Katie! You’re free!

    • Celebitchy says:

      KC I read that book many years ago! I would recommend it too. I almost went to a meeting of the Landmark Forum that a friend recommended and when I figured out what it was before I went (I didn’t end up going thankfully) it freaked me out and I decided to read up on cults.

      • Izzy says:

        CB, good for you! I have several cousins in “the Forum” as they like to call it. They all swear it has bettered their lives. Here’s the tally so far, person by person: One inability to keep adult children from fighting over their parents’ estate (parents STILL ALIVE, mind you); one long-ago failed marriage of less than 3 years, with accompanying prick personality; one currently-failing marriage with accompanying delusion that the Forum has emboldened said person to take control of divorce proceedings (result: divorce moved to less-friendly jurisdiction by soon-to-be-ex; great lawyering there); one h-e-llish marriage of 14 years that really should have ended long ago, complete with two spoiled brats, one of whom lacks any empathy whatsoever (scary), plus out-of-wedlock young adult child from previous relationship – that kid has racked up 3 DUIs by age 22; and FOUR failed engagements plus one failed career.

        Yeah, that Forum is really something. Not quite as bad as Co$, mind you, but still…

    • NerdMomma says:

      I totally agree that highly intelligent, successful, confident people can be sucked into cults- the same way they can be sucked into emotionally or physically abusive relationships. I think we should be as compassionate for those who are stuck inside, and as supportive for those trying to leave, as we would be for a person trying to escape an abusive relationship. It seems similar in many ways.

  116. spiffypaws says:

    Team Celebitchy!!!!!

  117. maemay says:

    TROLLER!! Stop Trolling!!

    love
    Dora!

  118. Izzy says:

    Posted on CNN.com: Former Church members describe their experience with the religion on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Monday night at 9 ET/PT.

  119. Marie says:

    Too bad for orgs like the COS the U.S. has freedom of speech laws. Stay strong CB! Maybe one day just like the endless priests sexual and emotional abuse against children/ kids being finally being outed and charged (and less able to hide behind their religion/ church), the truth about the COS and it’s darker side will be brought to justice. I’m sure in
    the meantime we’ll be made audience to endless PR photo ops and scripts by its celeb members.

  120. tanya says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this information!! So glad some sites are taking heed of what these people are doing. For more information on Scientology and it’s abuses of children, and other members please read Tony Ortega’s blog over at the Village Voice. He’s been reporting on Scientology for years. It’s definitely out of control, and that lunatic leader, David Miscavige needs to be in prison! Get those kids OFF out of the SeaOrg. Terrible!!

  121. erika says:

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE, to the Celebitchy Website, the ONE and only, rockin’ awesome WEBSITE, UNDER the Gossip Gods, INDIVISIBLE our we snarky commenters, who speak our minds with FREEDOM of Speech, LIBERTY to have a hilariously fun time doing so and JUSTICE for all!!!

    In other words, nanna nanna BOO BOO Scientology! Freedom of Speech, get over it! You may run your ‘church’ under the doctrine of hatred, greed, seduction for money, pain, and IGNORANCE….but WE DON’T welcome that HERE….

    Hasta La Vista….baby!!!

  122. Jordan says:

    Seriously, out of everything in the comments about TommyGirl and it’s him being called short that gets the Co$ panties in a twist??

  123. TinyDancer says:

    Well, I’ve been lovin’ the Tom-CoS controversy that Katie started with her divorce decree. More and more is coming out on the cult’s deceptive, cruel and barbaric practices. They go after anyone commenting in public with guns blazing and now that they are on the receiving end big time–they are acting like they are persecuted! They persecuted so many and yet see themselves now as the ones being hurt. Too bad! Go Celebitchy!

  124. Asher says:

    I’m very familiar with COS going all the way back to the early 70′s. My boss at the time kept reading books by L. Ron Hubbard during his lunch breaks. When I enquired about them, he told me he was a member of Scientology and that Hubbard was the founder..he was saying how great it was and how it made you control your emotions so you don’t keep living in the past, ie., bad experiences, etc…I took one of the books home and read it..I couldn’t believe someone could allow themselves to be audited and thought the entire ‘religion’ was a work of fantasy..very much like a cult. Several years later, he became disillusioned with it and left. From that point forward, he was harrassed by phone non-stop and had to change his phone number, which also became unlisted. It was the most unnerving experience of his life..he was really afraid for his family. So I understand totally what Katie is going through…and I can’t believe TC, whom I always admired, could get himself deeping embedded in a cult like COS.

  125. Yuck says:

    Seems like Pimp Momma is using this freak cult as a blueprint for her money laundering church and PR schemes.

  126. Legs says:

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love CB and the people on it anymore than I already do! Here comes this! I am so delighted by the article and CB not backing down and seeing all the support from all the fellow devoted (i barely ever comment but read everyday!)CB’rs! It renews my faith in humanity when I see all the intelligent comments on here! Go CB! You’re RAD!

  127. barb says:

    If Scientology holds John Travolta and Tom Cruise up as examples of how well their cult works….people whose personal lives are about as messed up as you could get, then that tells a lot about them right there….you go CB! We support you and you calling the CO$ out!!!!

    • Emily says:

      The divorce rate among Scientologists is astronomical. I’m always surprised when I read about any Scientologist who doesn’t have a divorce or three under their belt.

      Of course, David Miscavige avoided divorce by imprisoning his wife. Scientology is a deeply sick system.

  128. barb says:

    Don’t forget to watch RockCenter with Brian Williams on Thurs night when they do a whole hour on ex-Scientologists and what the abuses they had to endure.

  129. erika says:

    ATTN: Scientologists

    Folks, instead of trolling the CB site n’ Internet overall, why not take this as an opportunity to EDUCATE and share with us your ‘church’s’ theology?

    Perhaps you find such hatred about your church because that’s all the public KNOWS: stalking, greed, kidnapping, psyhical abuse/torture, killing, forced abortions, destruction of families, etc., How else would you expect us to react?

    Don’t tell us that your doctrine is sacred and only accessed through years of commitment/financial contributions. Trust me, we don’t wanna hear about Xenu, volanoes, and alien spirits! It sounds like a science fiction crock-of-*#&^!@&, then again, a science fiction writer, Hubbard, schemed Scientology up. Didn’t he quote “You wanta make real money, you gotta start a religion!”?

    Educate n’ inform us. Share with us the GOOD, POSITIVE, ENRICHMENT that Scientology brings to the world. If you don’t want negative, fearful and ridiculous comments written about your church, then inform and share with us the goodness of Scientology.

    Until you do that, we have no other choice! It’s UP TO YOU!

    p.s. – let Tommy Cruise resign as the poster boy for Scientology, cuz that short, lil dude is AADHD (Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) maniacal, controlling, cuckoo! He ain’t doin’ ya any favors!

  130. Moi says:

    Go Celebitchy!!! I for one, have been hoping something would happen to cause this “religion” to implode on itself.

    Furthermore, I wish people would start demanding that David Miscavige answer to the authorities for the whereabouts of his missing wife Shelly, who has been missing since 2006. I’m sure he either had her knocked off or she’s stuck in one of their slave labor camps.

    This “religion” is a joke and is full of needy, crazy, weak, paranoid, and power-hungry loons.

  131. LucyOriginal says:

    Congratulations CB for having the courage to expose some of the trolls trolling here!

  132. baby says:

    keep up the good work ladies!

  133. sarahtonin says:

    Considering OSA are probably totally overwhelmed with anti-scilon sentiments all over the net at the moment, I’m so glad to see we are adding to their workload so spectacularly. They can’t put the whole sea org in RPF this week for being downstat, can they?

    We are beating them at their own game and drowning them in their own excrement. Keep it up CBers!

  134. Ginger says:

    The story about the creeps in the white SUV that were following Katie and turned out to be armed when pulled over by police really shocked me. How can they get away with this sort of behavior? It’s disgusting and scary. I applaud you for standing up for your beliefs by writing what you truly think, no matter what the subject.

  135. Stephanie says:

    The grammar is hilarious! Reminds of the time, 30 years ago, when I was approached on the street in a small city in Ottawa by a person who asked me if I was interested in… something or other, I can’t remember his exact words. He wanted to know if I had a few minutes to take some kind of test. I did, so I agreed. Three hours later, after taking several written tests (I really did have a lot of time on my hands in those days) I was told by this little Scientologist geek that I “communicate too well.”
    I laughed in his face. “How can you communicate ‘too well’?” He became extremely angry, and I left.

    And that’s my brush with fame.

  136. TerryTowels says:

    Wow, you all rock. I came here to check comments for trolls, and you all are way on top of things.

    I have to say, I’m adding Celebitchy to my daily read bookmarks.

    I have to say, I may post under other names, since I can never remember the names I used! (doh)

  137. d says:

    Go, CB. Whenever someone tries to shine a light on darkness, there will always be resistance. You just gotta keep shining the light. We all do.
    To the tune of Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down”
    Edited to add: although ironically, the above tune is probably where TC is coming from as well, but oh well and there you go. I’m sure there’s a lesson in there somewhere but it’s been a long day.

  138. Sparkly says:

    Okay then. It’s okay to talk about his teeth, his try-hard balcony posing, his questionable sanity, his horrible parenting, his alleged homosexuality, and his apparent abuse of his spouse(s), but they’re quick on the report button if you mock his size. Keep fighting the good fight, guys!

  139. Nanz says:

    Love this blog. Just had to share my support. Also this is one of the most disturbing posts I’ve read here. So creepy the way Co$ people behave.

  140. Bec says:

    Thank you Celebitchy for writing about CO$ over the years even when you knew of the potential risks. I am inspired by your courage and grateful that you wrote about it. I read Celebitchy every single day (except sat :-( and I love it!

  141. Lady_Luck says:

    This same threat to freedom of speech via the net (and other places) has been existing for a very long time. Infact, most of us are aware that there is another *more aggressive* (un named) religion out there…I dare not mention it as I’m sure one or two posters that belong to it will spew forth their bile in torrents (as perfect example to what I highlight)> let’s put it this way, it ain’t Christianity, Buddhism, or Hinduism…it’s a more *controversial* religion that relies heavily on intimidating those it views as a threat to it.

    Scientologists seem to me like kittens in comparison to these.

  142. Samantha says:

    Thank you for drawing attention to the “cult” followers,they have a made a perpetual habit of “trolling” the internet and various other avenues as a means of diversion and/or to justify the inner workings/teachings of the so-called “church” where concerned.

  143. Nonee Friend says:

    Scientology is NOT a religion. It is for-profit enterprise. Read about the history of the CO$…fascinating and scary

    http://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/09/us/scientology-s-puzzling-journey-from-tax-rebel-to-tax-exempt.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

  144. Zug says:

    I’d say: don’t ban their ads. Click on them! All of them. Make them spend their money uselessly.

    I do it to politicians I don’t like too.

  145. anti-icon says:

    I like how you’re covering this. Good work.

  146. Andi G says:

    I’m so proud of the whole Celebitchy team and I’m ecstatic that you all have taken an extremely pro-active stance against Scientology. This is one of the most abusive, terrifying and financially disabling cults in the United States and if ordinary people don’t start to speak up, who knows how many people will continue to be audited in the name of Xenu?

    And seriously … Xenu? A BILLION years of servitude? C’mon, y’all. Living through the lens of a sci-fi novel has to take its toll on a person’s psyche.

  147. Francesca says:

    Scientology is banned in France. Evil bastards.

  148. Cybilla says:

    CoS is crazy and the world knows it.
    They start messing with people online, they’re in for a world of hurt.

    No Code of Conduct supersedes the 1st Amendment. (Yes, it really is ‘superSedes.’)
    Cyber stalking is illegal; handled by the FBI and I think you should contact them, CB.
    Libel is actionable, and depending on the number of counts + the steps you, CB, must take to mitigate, damages can run very high. They would not want any of us on that jury.

    Given a particular story arc in the news cycle of the past 10 days, all the additional testimonies it has spawned, as well as the current political climate, they need to watch themselves.

    Back off, CoS.

  149. Ming Lee says:

    way to go Celebitchy! its nice to see that you’re not backing down from the crazies.

  150. eljeran says:

    I think a quick divorce was granted in order to prevent more revelations about the secretive Church of Scientology to come to light as a result of a lengthy divorce trial would have created.