When Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath ended COS gleefully announced that the show had been cancelled and Mike Rinder had been fired.
Of course the “church” smugly took credit for these fictitious achievements.
Missing is an explanation for why, if the show was so bad, it won six prestigious awards in three years including two Emmys.
Silence echoes in the face of the truth that overall Remini and Rinder’s show was nominated eight additional times during its airing. Such reality conflicts uncomfortably with any idea The Aftermath was destined for cancellation.
Taryn Teutsch even announced Rinder’s “firing” on her blog, equating it to a Christmas gift.
Teutsch had promised that she “wouldn’t stop until Mike Rinder is fired”. After her happy holiday message of his supposed destruction however, she’s still clawing at him with the same creative dedication.
Apparently breaking one’s word is another of the most ethical religion’s tenets.
Sadly for Scientology, Netflix threw a giant wrench into the Dead Agent campaign when it was announced the entire series would be available for streaming.
Almost immediately The Aftermath was one of the Top Ten recommended shows to watch and recognition for the intrepid duo’s dedicated work has begun anew.
Margaret Lyons, journalist and television critic for The New York Times, wrote her recent picks for the Watching newsletter column on November 12, 2020.
Lyons’ article included Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath as one of three suggestions for her readers.
Likening the award winning show to the NXIVM scandal that has been so prominently front and center, Lyons writes “if you’re spending time right now thinking about how people wake from collective delusions, what deprogramming from cults of disinformation might entail, or how people seek and receive forgiveness for abuses enacted at the behest of a charlatan, watch this.”
Of course no mention of a cult could go unnoticed by Scientology’s Stand League who immediately issued a statement so filled with lies one wonders how the writer didn’t burst into flame.
Up until recently International Director of Stand League, Verified Minister Edward Parkin was the one who would slam out a piece filled with vituperative attacks against the current target. For the past few months however a new name has appeared in the religious nastygrams. Stand League Director Bari Berger seems to be handling company policy leaving one to wonder if Parkin is perhaps spending some down time at Camp David for his sins.
At only two short paragraphs, Stand League’s article criticizes Margaret Lyons for her recommendation and calls out The New York Times for, if one forgives the histrionics, sinking “…to the level of underbelly internet platforms promoting hate and violence against minorities”.
In his HCO Policy Letter of 27 September 1966, The Anti-Social Personality, Hubbard wrote,
“There are certain characteristics and mental attitudes which cause about 20 percent of a race to oppose violently any betterment activity or group. Such people are known to have antisocial tendencies.”
Allowing Scientology a member statistic as high as 20 percent is generous but this is the season of giving.
Hubbard goes on to outline the characteristics of anti-social behaviors which include;
“Such a person deals mainly in bad news, critical or hostile remarks, invalidation and general suppression.”
“The antisocial personality alters, to worsen, communication when he or she relays a message or news.”
He finally concludes, “Such people make trouble for others.”
If another group exists fitting this description more perfectly than Scientology we haven’t heard of them.
COS has added the constant character assassination of Leah Remini and Mike Rinder to their list of holy causes, it has become Miscavige’s side quest.
Lately an air of frustrated desperation surrounds Scientology’s efforts. Stand League doesn’t even attempt subtlety in their attacks. Reaching for their past accusations, dusting them off and presenting them once again, Parkin, Teutsch and now Berger failed to learn from former attempts that backfired miserably. COS plows forward with all the dogged stubbornness of lemmings over a cliff.
Without preamble Stand League insists, “Margaret Lyons promotes a cancelled religious hate show which has prompted more than 600 threats and acts of violence against Scientologists, their children and families—a show the Walt Disney Company pulled abruptly from the air after it was linked to the murder of a 24-year-old Scientologist in January of 2019.”
That absolutely not a word of this statement is even remotely accurate means nothing to this superior and most ethical religion.
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath was not cancelled.
Originally intended to run for one season, because of it’s success, interest and the needs of so many reaching out to Remini and Rinder, the show was expanded to three. So successful was the show that it ran far past its original schedule.
Scientology’s claim that the show “prompted more than 600 threats and acts of violence against Scientologists, their children and families” is an outright lie.
Ordained Minister Edward Parkin wrote a twisted, fictional attack piece for Stand League wherein he makes this same claim. Azhlynne’s Blog debunked his accusations in previous articles including here and here. Scientology and Parkin are so desperate to blame Rinder and Remini for everything that the cult “pulls in” they’ve lost even the semblance of reality, going so far as to blame Leah Remini for things that occurred before the show even aired.
The Walt Disney Company did not abruptly pull the show.
Scientology gives the reason for Disney’s alleged cancellation of The Aftermath as being “linked to the murder of a 24-year-old Scientologist in January of 2019“. As this is patently untrue and never happened, it puts paid to the claim that the show was cancelled. In fact the show was incredibly popular, winning awards and had consistently solid ratings.
Scientology spends so much of its time focused on Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, along with anyone who even mentions their names, one questions how the Clearing of the Planet is coming along. Perhaps, for the sake of efficiency, a new top secret group has been created by Miscavige solely to focus on clearing his life of the pesky twosome; The ORR, Office of Remini and Rinder.
Attack articles and letters go out so quickly to businesses and people, like Margaret Lyons, no other explanation exists than that there is one or more lower ranked Sea Org person charged with diligently searching the web for any mention of Leah or Mike.
Scientology claims they are a religion yet the bulk of what is seen by the rest of the world is hate like this.
Margaret Lyons and The New York Times, like so many innocent others, was attacked by a “church” for no other reason than she expressed an opinion.
Scientology’s lies and hate continue unabated while the rest of us can only shake our heads and wonder how these overt public actions qualify as charitable and why this cult of malice keeps their tax exemption.