Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Long List of [Famous] Scientologists

My sister had a rule in her house that she wouldn't watch a movie if it starred a Scientologist. This was the summer Tom Cruise seemed to lose his mind, and effectively shut her out of War of the Worlds and Be Cool. I adopted her policy recently, knowing it could, at the very least, get me out of discussing movies of television I didn't like, and thus avoid friendship-ending conversations. I know it's not right to show prejudice against specific groups of people, but do Scientologists really count? There's certainly evidence that the organization is scary and dangerous.

Whether or not you embark on this boycott, it's hard to remember who's a Scientologist, because the organization is so deeply entrenched in Hollywood. Because I love making lists, and because I often forget (only to repeat a meeting with crushing disappointment) myself, here's a list of confirmed Scientologists.

Confirmed Members of Scientology (List Alphabetically By First Name):
  • Bijou Philips (model; Bully, Havoc)
  • Catherine Bell (JAG, Army Wives, Hallmark Barf Fest The Good Witch)
  • Chaka Khan
  • Christopher Masterson (Malcolm in the Middle)
  • Danny Masterson (That '70s Show)
  • Dough E. Fresh (hip-hop superstar)
  • Erika Christensen (Swimfan, Traffic)
  • Elisabeth Moss (Mad MenSOURCE)
  • Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl, The Butterfly Effect, American History X)
  • Giovanni Ribsi (Avatar, Lost in Translation, Saving Private Ryan)
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (Menace II Society, The Nutty Professor)
  • Gottfried Helnwein (artist)
  • Greta Van Susteren (Fox News)
  • Jason Lee (Dogma, Clerks II, My Name is Earl)
  • Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg, Accidentally On Purpose)
  • Jim Meskimen (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Boondocks)
  • John Travolta
  • Jude Norton Taylor (The Waltons)
  • Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Whip It)
  • Isaac Hayes (Shaft, South Park; deceased)
  • Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek, Pieces of April)
  • Kelly Preston
  • Kirstie Alley
  • Laura Prepon (That '70s Show)
  • Leah Remini (King of Queens)
  • Lisa Marie Presley (Elvis' daughter)
  • Lynsey Bartilson (Grounded For Life)
  • Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsonsdon't worry, Lisa is voiced by Yeardley Smith)
  • Marcus Coloma (Make It or Break ItSOURCE)
  • Michael Peña (Shooter, Observe and Report, Crash)
  • Peaches Geldof (celebutante/Bob Geldof's daughter)
  • Priscilla Presley (Ex-wife of Elvis)
  • Sky Daton (EarthLink founder)
  • Sofia Milos (CSI: Miami)
  • Sonny Bono
  • Tom Cruise
  • Will Smith
In the interest of transparency, I make an exception for Beck and Menace II Society. And Whip It. And The Simpsons. I loved Whip It. Please don't take them away from me. (I also make an exception for Modest Mouse in my Not Supporting Rapists boycott. I feel guilty about both.) Hey! I do a fairly consistent job in boycotting Nike.

Additional Resources:
Scientology at What's the Harm?
Scientologists: You Can Never Escape Them
, Gawker
List of Scientologists, Wikipedia


Anonymous said...

Scientologist celebrities are starting to be coy and not tell people they are part of the cult. They have to hide their true beliefs (space aliens infesting our bodies) from the world. What a sad way to live, in hiding. These people need to start taking responsibility for human rights abuses in the cult of scientology!

Anonymous said...

So .....

What do you propose be done with these people?

Round them up?

We could burn all their books while we are at it.

Katherine said...

Certainly not. Do you think I'm Borders or something?

Try to sign your name next time. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Good work, the problem is that the average joe doesnt know who these people are and what they stand for and because of this they continue to lead people astray through scientology front groups.