Scientology Video Surfaces To Chase Away Your Case of the Mondays!

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This is going to be a big week of Scientology reporting here at the Voice. (Wish we could tell you more, but, well, you'll just have to keep an eye open...)

But to start things off, we have this hilarious pile of fluff that was dug up and posted to YouTube this weekend. Make sure you watch it quick, before David Miscavige's minions have it yanked down.

Speaking of diminutive Dave, he can be seen right at the front of this "We are the World"-type singalong that was put together in 1990. We can't see how many phone books he's standing on, but all around him are some famous names from Scientology's past and present:

At the 2:40 mark, you'll see everyone together warbling their guts out. Our tipster provided the following playbook:

Blonde with brown top and black jacket is Shelley Miscavige -- who is now missing. To her right -- Ray Mithoff, Former Inspector General for Tech RTC, reported to be in The Hole. To his right -- Mark Yager, Former Inspector General for Admin RTC, reported to be in The Hole. To his right -- Mark Ingber -- Former Commanding Officer of CMO = Commodore Messengers Org, reported to be in the Hole. To Ingber's right and behind him, Mike Rinder Former Commanding Officer of OSA, currently blown and speaking out against the cult. Front and Center -- David Miscavige [the little dude] wearing weird Hermes/goatse shirt. To DM's right and behind him -- Heber Jentzsch, Former President of the C of S, now reportedly in the The Hole. To DM's right -- Greg Wilhere -- Inspector General, reportedly still working for DM. To Greg Wilhere's right-- Marty Rathbun, Former Inspector General for Ethics RTC, now out and speaking out against the cult as well as running the "Independent" Scientologists. To Marty's right -- Guillaume Lesevre Executive Director Int. reportedly in the The Hole.

[For a visual map of the lineup of executives, go to this handy graphic!]

So many friends of Miscavige, now either defected and speaking out against him or disappeared to Scientology's "RPF," the prison "hole" that has swallowed up so many of his top loyal friends. Tsk Tsk.

Well, at least 21 years ago, the future seemed so bright!

From our comments, this account of the video from former Miscavige assistant, Mark Fisher:

I remember that it was done for one of the events and I think it was IAS anniversary event that was going to be in October. It may have been for an earlier event. It was done to show all the "Wins" and "successes for the year and the song was sung by a Scientologist singer named David Pomeranz. Charles Lake is the Gymnast and had just been on the Olympic team that summer that is why I think it was for the IAS event in October. I remember that the idea was to have all of International Management sing the chorus ala We are the World and DM thought the Scientology public would get a big kick out of it. All of the RTC Inspector Generals were in the front with DM and his wife Shelly and the Executive Director International Guillaume Leserve was there too. Then behind was the rest of RTC and the Watchdog Committee. I recognize many faces in the crowd. We recorded it in the Music Studio at the Gold Base and we are all looking at Peter Schless who is conducting the singing. Schless was a Gold Musician and his prior claim to fame was co writing the Jefferey Osbourne hit song "On the Wings of Love" from the 1980s. Me personally, I had just been put back working for David Miscavige again after a stint of manual labor for disagreeing with my wife being sent to the RPF. I however shortly after this video blew the base for good after 2 attempts. Almost 21 years ago.


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Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga -- Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story -- How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection -- A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Robert Cipriano Case -- A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum -- The 'Crash' Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape -- 'Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle'
The Aaron Saxton Accusation -- Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation -- Scientology's former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross -- Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked -- Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back -- Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack -- The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated -- The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation -- Investigating a reporter's divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation -- An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology's past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh -- A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology -- A masterful telling of Scientology's history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? -- Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige

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46 comments
Non Rocket Scientist
Non Rocket Scientist

L Ron Hubbard said, "In life, the only real guarantee of survival is abundance." But look how much does each of the Sea Org members make per week? Don't tell me they get the exchange from auditing - the tech was so much altered that the only guarantee is you will not achieve your full potential from the auditing. All these fools are joining staff without examing all the details of the overall condition of the church which is TREASON.

First thing first, get rid of David Miscavige and all corrupted management and tech staff. Scientology books are well written but people cannot move forward in their cases if there are stacks of outness in the church. You don't need a rocket scientist to point that out!

Polly<3
Polly<3

Is that a young Jamie Packer at  0:28 ?

JOHN SCOTT RIDGWAY
JOHN SCOTT RIDGWAY

Boycott anything with a SCAMATOMOLOGIST in the production, unless you support slavery, physical and sexual abuse, brain washing, and promises to young up and coming actors that they will be famous if they just listen to this guy who said he was Satan....  THEY SAY THEY CAN MAKE STARS???  I SAY WE SHOW THEM THEY ARE STILL NOTHING AND ALWAYS WILL BE AS LONG AS THEY ARE DUPED BY THAT CULT. They are walking billboards for mind control.... time to tear them down.

Human Rights
Human Rights

At 3:22 Dalene Gouws, Captain of AOSHUK around 2000. Died of cancer while doing the OT levels.

candace6
candace6

Big week, eh?  I'm positively giddy with anticipation, Tony!

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

Ha Ha's - This Just in!

According to comment from Marty Rathbun, David Miscavige singing "We Stand Tall" is even more of oxymoron than we thought:

"He is standing on a box so as not to be dwarfed by Rinder to his right and Wilhere to his left and everyone else. "

Scilonschools
Scilonschools

David m wearing a shirt depicting a "Goat in a Gold Shackle" hmm? Nothing Satanic Bondage there then?

Lisa Lirones
Lisa Lirones

the poor clam that posted this video thinks the 12000 views they have gotten over night is because this video is soooo theta!

ohmygod! look at all the fresh meat!! nomnom

orca
orca

can't wait for the future stories!!  summer of fun -- keep 'em coming!  :D

MarkStark
MarkStark

Scientology + 5'2" dictator in space shirt + singing "We Stand Tall" + flanked by imprisoned/blown membership and missing wife = Comedy Gold

This one should have been buried deeper than the titanium encased stainless steel plates on which Dianutty is inscribed for outer space visitors to Teegeeack.

mjm
mjm

anybody think it's appropriate that we let the FBI Missing Persons Unit know about everyone in the RPF (including Shelley Miscavige)? yeah I know they're investigating the cult but this will only add more fire...http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidn...

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

Oh what i wouldnt pay to be a fly on the wall when DM and/or his flap handlers attempt to wordclear "goatse".  (chuckles)

Arielle
Arielle

This whole video is absolutely hilarious. Apart from the little Davey signing his little heart out, I loved the volcano at 2:32 (which I guess symbolises the place of death of the trillions of aliens killed by the evil Xenu) and the unveiling of the giant E-meter at 2:59. That e-meter truly stood tall.

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

I noticed that some people on another forum were speculating about the release date of this horrible "Up With Thetans" performance due to the inclusion of old b&w fillum of the old fraud hisself.

Believe me when I tell you there are no new clips of Hubbard, and they will reuse them until the silver nitrate falls off that old footage!

Markfisher57
Markfisher57

I'm in there too. My name is Mark Fisher and I was DM's assistant at the Gold base.  I am right behind the head of Marc Yager.    I haven't seen this in 21 years!   Blast from the past.   I left for good a few months after this video was made.

sketto
sketto

Oh dear me, I just realized...this is Little Davie's answer to We Are The World. Fucking hilarious!

MarkStark
MarkStark

Maybe Little Davie was just trying to stand taller by putting everyone in "the hole?"

"We rule the planet, we are the Scilons, above the law, we are the people the planet obeys..."

Do they still have that giant e-meter? That airport conveyor belt sequence with Hubbard was magical, almost like he was using his OT powerz.

This video won the Kellogg's Corn Flakes award for the suppression of sexual appetites. If it weren't for the catchy tune, they could use it as an emetic.

Sarahj
Sarahj

Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun appear in the famous "Family Photo" of the highest elite of Scientology leadership taken in 1990 at a Scientology event:

From left to right:

* Kurt Weiland (Commanding Officer OSA Int.), * Mike Rinder (LRH Personal PR Officer Int.), * Janet Light (Director of IAS Administrations), * Marc Yager (Inspector General for Admin RTC), * empty * David Miscavige (Chairman of the Board RTC), * empty * Norman Starkey (Trustee of LRH's estate RTC), * Ray Mithoff (Inspector General for Tech RTC), * Mark Rathbun (Inspector General for Ethics RTC), * Guillaume Lesevre (Executive Director Int.) and * Ronnie Miscavige (Marketing Executive Int.).

Mrssubat
Mrssubat

I shared the like, Tony. What a bunch of sadists. Keep up the good fight!

mjm
mjm

2:12 John Travolta sighting, approx. around the time he did Look Who's Talking (w/ a thin Kirstie Alley)

I thought I saw Nancy Cartwright (aka Bart Simpson's voice) in the chorus along w/ Miss Cavige (nice Hermes shirt. how u durrin....

sketto
sketto

We stand tall? Sounds like wishful thinking for Little Miss Cavige.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

Tipster clarification: the date of vid was likely misquoted... it appears to date to 1985 (rather than 1990)

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

What's that the little guy in the hideous sweater is singing?

"We Stand Small?"

Sarahj
Sarahj

Now That should be the Sea Org Uniform, vintage Hermes.  Scientology, stand tall before you take the fall.   Hey, that could be the title for a Sequel. 

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Did David Miscavige borrow the box from Tom Cruise, and then promptly return it!? LOL!

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Anything else you can tell us about the making of this video, how it was used, etc., Mark?

Markfisher57
Markfisher57

No it was definitely 1990 and was made for one of the events that was done that year.   I left not too long after this video was made and used.

Ron
Ron

Some of the footage is from the "Portland Crusade" in 1985, but other parts could be later.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Pre-Hubbard's death and DM's ascension to leader? Sure about that?

Anon
Anon

wasn't it "We scammed all"...hmmm?

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

Hermes was a fashion line, right?  Somehow it seems appropriate for DM to be wearing the equivalent of Scientology in the fashion industry. Ugly and overpriced!

Hermes = ScientologyProve me wrong

Markfisher57
Markfisher57

I remember that it was done for one of the events and I think it was IAS anniversary event that was going to be in October.   It may have been for an earlier event.  It was done to show all the "Wins" and "successes for the year and the song was sung by a Scientologist singer named David Pomeranz.    Charles Lake is the Gymnast and had just been on the Olympic team that summer that is why I think it was for the IAS event in October.   I remember that the idea was to have all of International Management sing the chorus ala We are the World and DM thought the Scientology public would get a big kick out of it.   All of the RTC Inspector Generals were in the front with DM and his wife Shelly and the Executive Director International Guillaume Leserve was there too.   Then behind was the rest of RTC and the Watchdog Committee.   I recognize many faces in the crowd.   We recorded it in the Music Studio at the Gold Base and we are all looking at Peter Schless who is conducting the singing.  Schless was a Gold Musician and his prior claim to fame was co writing the Jefferey Osbourne hit song "On the Wings of Love" from the 1980s.    Me personally, I had just been put back working for David Miscavige again after a stint of manual labor for disagreeing with my wife being sent to the RPF.     I however shortly after this video blew the base for good after 2 attempts.  Almost 21 years ago.

LeoRyan78
LeoRyan78

Yeah, I thought that was you in there.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

No - sorry, not sure yet... but the based on the other commenter remarks on the ship making it atleast 1988 or later i suspect I'm wrong. If i can confirm it either way after chking further,  i'll reply back later.

anonymouse
anonymouse

No, it would be closer to 1990. The ship (in the video) was not launched until 1988. Mr. Miscavige took over as head of the "church" in 1987.

Also shown in the video receiving awards: Wiebke Hansen, who was later busted and put in the RPF; Debbie Cook, was was formerly the head of the organization in Clearwater and is now out of the sea organization; John Woodruff, former head of the Orange County organization in California and was later booted out.

mjm
mjm

figures the reason Oprah likes it...

LeoRyan78
LeoRyan78

Wasn't Hermes the shortest god?  Hey lolly la, Hey Lolly la, we stand small. :)

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

it appears just a small portion of the footage is 1985 - the Portland Crusade stuff. And seems more likely that was just re-used later, in the We Stand Tall vid, done at a later date.

Damian DeWitt
Damian DeWitt

Can you confirm a source for Charles Lakes leaving the cult? Has he said anything about leaving?  If so he can be added to the Big List of Scientologists who have spoken out.

The list is at 1592 names. Only 8 more to go for 1500!

http://forums.whyweprotest.net...

MarkStark
MarkStark

I'm glad to hear he's out. That was the best part of the video -- him doing a double back layout off the high bar...of course, now some guys do triples.

They should make all their promotional videos with people's faces blurred, just in case.

anonymouse
anonymouse

Oh yeah, also the gymnast is Charles Lakes, who also left scientology not long after this video was made.

Ron
Ron

Perhaps Miscavige felt that he was the god of the Commodore's Messengers? (The Commodore's Messenger Organization relayed Hubbard's orders and were assumed to literally speak in his voice.)

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Yup, and called "Mercury" by the Romans. 

God of messengers/communications, commerce, border crossings, and thievery. Also guide to the underworld.

I'd love for someone to score Randy Newman's "Short People" to this video. 

Ron
Ron

It quite symbolic. Hermes was the Greek god of messengers .. and also of thieves.

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