Tom Cruise and Stacy Francis Singing Together on Scientology's Ship Freewinds

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If you've been following along with the drama around X Factor contestant Stacy Francis, you know that her entire past has come under inspection as her fans and detractors have attempted to sift truth from legend.

In particular, we have noted that Francis has been quiet about her long membership in the church of Scientology, including her performances aboard Scientology's Freewinds ship in 2004 at a special 40th birthday celebration for the actor Tom Cruise. For years, videos of that performance have been available on the Internet in which Francis serenaded Cruise and Scientology leader David Miscavige.

Today, however, we were told that there was another portion of that birthday celebration which may never have been online before, and it's the best part of the show! In the segment, Francis and Cruise sing together on their rendition of Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll," which of course famously appeared in Cruise's breakout film, Risky Business. One of the friends of Runnin' Scared uploaded that video to YouTube so we could make it public here. Enjoy!

The video does cut off that the end, and we're told there was some damaged media at fault. But then, there's an ending segment, in which Francis stands by as Cruise thanks his Scientology friends for his great birthday celebration...

Touching, isn't it? It's odd that today, Francis is keeping quiet about her Scientology now that she's won a big following on X Factor. But our sources tell us that she was a frequent presence at Scientology's Hollywood Celebrity Centre, where she was seen in the presence of Brandy (who had a brief flirtation with the church) and Chaka Khan (who we're told has quietly been a longtime member).

Francis attended gala celebrations at the Celebrity Centre, including one during which she was photographed sitting with Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has been advocating a partnership with Scientology for the last six years or so:

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I've e-mailed Stacy, hoping she would tell us something about that experience on the Freewinds with Tom, and also about her involvement in Scientology in general. I'll let you know if she gets back to me.



The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#1: L. Ron Hubbard
#2: David Miscavige
#3: Marty Rathbun
#4: Tom Cruise
#5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin
#6: Anonymous
#7: Mark Bunker
#8: Mike Rinder
#9: Jason Beghe
#10: Lisa McPherson
#11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants)
#12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives)
#13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists)
#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church's HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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89 comments
Shawn
Shawn

They lying Scilon biatch!

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

I love your analogy to "short selling" and derivatives, although you didn't mention derivatives. For me these go hand in glove with the economic con.

There's an interesting paper over at Why We Protest: Surviving with Spirituality: An Analysis of Scientology in a Neo-Liberal Modern World. The paper goes nicely into the commodification of the spiritual.

http colon slash slask forums dot forums dot whyweprotest dot net slash threads slash surviving-with-spirituality-an-analysis-of-scientology-in-a-neo-liberal-modern-world dot 96092 slash

It's a refreshing analysis of how the moon battery like $cientology is promoted & marketed, a sociological examination. A student work, but as one of the comments stated:

"What makes this article good is it brings up Scientology in the research community, again. With more like these, its likely to get more people to ask more questions about Scientology."

Jgg
Jgg

  LRH said "what's true is what's true for you" and "the way to control a person is to lie to them" so I sorta think she and Co$ are made for each other. 

OTVIIIisgrrr8!
OTVIIIisgrrr8!

Like Scientologists signing sensation Frank Stallone, Stacy Francis is out there getting dial wide FN's and blowout wins from standard auditing as offered only in the Church of Scientology.

This Stacy Francis story is yet another story of a Scientologist out there winning. Like Grant Cardone or Jenna Elffman, Stacy is a bastion of sanity and theta in an insane world. Which explains why the "psych crim" Tony Ortega is attacking her.

I only wish that crypto-Scientologist singing sensation Jennifer Lopez (J Lo) would go public to prove that you can be famous and hip and be a Scientologist. I don't know why J Lo and Will Smith are in hiding. 

danlocke
danlocke

Frank Stallone! That would be priceless to see that video again.

Clarkle
Clarkle

J-Lo is another great spokesperson for scientologies mastery of sanity.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Ben Affleck left her just hours before the big event in Santa Barbara. Scientology probably scared him away.

mjm
mjm

is it just me or is Cruise being Miscavige's puppet in more ways than one? 

V for Vacation
V for Vacation

And…drink!  I have a drinking game now where every time mjm makes a gay innuendo, I get to do a shot of bourbon.  ;p

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Kinda like. ..Pinocchio puppets playing with their Jiminy Crickets.

Jgg
Jgg

  Let's just say they are inseparable.

mindy
mindy

Watching this made me nauseous. Tom Cruise is an egomaniacal a**hole!!

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Tom Cruise is a clam who thinks the world is his oyster...and a shrimp.

Jgg
Jgg

  Tony, is the issue (a) she was a scientologist, or (b) she is a liar?  Frankly, I wouldn't ridicule someone for their beliefs, even if it's something I disagree with (Scientology, Flat Earth Society, the Great Pumpkin).

Synthia Elizabeth Fagen
Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

Jgg, I understand this reaction but please keep in mind that Scientology is a dangerous and abusive cult only masquerading as a religion.

These celebrities that choose to be in the public eye and then, at the same time, will not do their due diligence to find out about the human rights atrocities that they are funding and supporting, deserve every single ounce of ridicule and inspection.

They will either wake up or be forced to wake up. That's it already.

Scientology will no longer get away with all the lies. Any celebrity that wants to be part of the lies, by proxy, better get ready - they deserve no rest until they are finally bombarded enough to start asking, "What the hell is happening?"

Wake up Stacy. Wake up Tom, Katie, Leah, John, Nancy, etc......

Can someone in these people's camps start telling them the truth? Please.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Well said, these so called stars are only famous because of the us. I have no respect for Scientology celebritys. They know what's going on, they read the tabloids and surf the internet.

They smurk, giggle and shrug when you ask them about Xenu. "Nope," never heard of him? How can anyone respect these liars.

sketto
sketto

I would ridicule someone for believing in Flat Earth. You do them no favors by ignoring ignorance.

There is no reason to pretend that stupid ideas are kosher merely because someone claims that it's faith. We don't offer this kind of ignore-the-evidence nicety in any other endeavor that matters. Why should I remain silent while others try to broadcast their stupidity?

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

Precisely, sketto. Stupid ideas of every kind should be challenged & debated. Even the so-called "religious" ideas about talking snakes, virgin births, body thetans, evil galactic warlords, resurrections and all of that moonbat drivel, hiding behind the pretentious veil of "faith."

People treating idiotic and stupid ideas as precious tenets of faith are cowards & liars, imho.

To paraphrase William S. Burroughs - if these lunatics can't function with any trace of reason in their beliefs, they should be shipped off to asylums or encouraged to be come snake handlers.

Get in some shipments of Bushmasters, Black Mambas, Cobras & Cotton Mouths and get all those moonbats to dig in deep and test their faith.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

I go by the "Multiverse" model—everything that possibly could be happening is happening, but in another universe. In this universe, there are certain laws and limits, laws and limits that dictate what is possible and what is not.

Scientology feeds off of people's desire that the Universe makes sense. But LRH, master panderer, offers promises of spiritual gifts that it is incapable of delivering. It's the spiritual equivalent of the short selling than brought our economy to its knees.

Clarkle
Clarkle

Noone cares what her beliefs are, I ridicule her church and all the terrible things it does to people.  Her words and actions are a prime example of the churches interpretations of "truth".

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

"Ya know ya have to kinda be there to understand this reality?"

I'll pass.

Jgg
Jgg

  Delusions and reality are not the same thing.

Anon A
Anon A

I think Stacy should embrace her Scientology beliefs on the next X Factor by singing a selection from L. Ron Hubbard's  brilliant album "The Road to Freedom".

And by "brilliant", I mean mind-bogglingly, hilariously bad.

danlocke
danlocke

i lived in Hollywood area for most of my life and got to know a lot of people in the industry. Remember: the place is a fantasyland. Very few people in that industry are going to be completely honest. They know that part of getting accepted in this kind of thing is to tell a good story, and the down and outer who manages "in spite of it all" is probably the most consistent one that "sells" without a lot of extra work.

Check out the audience! They love her.

Just let it go! One of these days someone will dig up something on Perez Hilton, too. I am also suggesting to Yahoo OMG! that they do a whole thing on you and me and how much trouble we both had with bullies in grade school. I can't figure out why they have not called me back!

I forget; how do you spell BFD? Oh! Did I manage??? I was brought up by churlish presbyterians who teased me all the time and got me so upset with myself that I could not spell even short acronyms!

Look how far I have come! Impressed, yes?

Carmen
Carmen

Nope. Not until you sing to your bathroom mirror. Then I'll consider it. :)

danlocke
danlocke

I am working on the singing and gushing tears at the same time. I think I can get this down. I also am working on getting some real grime on Simon Colwell that I plan to network with OSA on, I wanna be an X-FACTOR Winnah! I will stop at NOTHING. I want to be famous and not just on my block!

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Those evil Presbyterians!

Yeah, Stacy's a wannabee. "Move along, nothing to see here."

danlocke
danlocke

Once this whole Scientology thing wheezes off into the between-lives area or gets stuffed down a volcano, Tony must take on the Pre$byterian$! Just look at their doctrine! Shocking! And all this talk about Calvin and NOT A SINGLE MENTION ABOUT HOBBES! I think Perez Hilton is a closet Pre$byterian.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Hey—don't look at me. I'm an old-fashioned left-hander.

Delores789
Delores789

This is a paying gig that she did as part of a cast. One of the few she has had in the past 12 years. You people are on a witch hunt leading no where! Don't you see you are continuing the verbal and emotional abuse she has already expienced.

Shawn
Shawn

@Delores789, prove it.   The Church of Scientology does not allow non cultist to perform on their flagship.  Only indoctrinated cult members are allowed.  So DOX or STFU.

red_zone
red_zone

Spare me.

Stacy lied and this is documented PROOF she did. No amount of wailing you do will change that. Stacy claimed she didn't work at all during those 12 years, yet here she is.

Did she work or didn't she? Which is it? Cause from where I stand, it just looks like she's lying to garner sympathy by making things up and that is unacceptable. If she keeps it up, she will find herself slapped with a lawsuit for spreading such lies and for trying to smear another persons reputation.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Where's the proof she was abused? I want to see police reports. The way Stacy crys at the drop of a hat pin, makes me think she has mood instability problems. I'm pretty sure she is over sensitive and precives anything negative said to her, as abuse.

*Poor Poor Pitiful Me Syndrome*

Clarkle
Clarkle

If you don't like it, click the red X button at the top right of your screen.

Carmen
Carmen

Now ask me if I care that this liar thinks she's being abused because people aren't buying her lies.

I don't. In fact, it's damned entertaining, watching this old, off-key canary squawk out her lies. Simon was right, she should stick to church, where your participation is more important that the quality of your offering.

Churchies won't care that she's off-key. But we do!

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

"Don't you see you are continuing the verbal and emotional abuse she has already expienced."

Or made up to advance her career.

Iloveosaforamusement
Iloveosaforamusement

So far I've seen dozens of lies from Stacy and none from her ex.  Who am I to believe?

LocalSP1
LocalSP1

But but Stacy said she hadn't work in 12 years. So which is it Delores? Did she work in the last 12 years or not? If she did then Stacy is lying. Which we know she has been doing all along.

Ghost of Charlie
Ghost of Charlie

Stacy has done Hundreds of Scientology events in the last decade

its not the first time she has cozied up with her pal Tm Cruise

Quickpen
Quickpen

Why is David Miscavige dressed in an undershirt at a formal party?  Did someone forget to pack his dress shirts?  And none were to be found in his size?  Standing next to people in dressed anywhere from formal ballgowns to business casual, it looks quite odd. 

Maybe it's just me, but it also strikes me as disrespectful to show up clad in one's underclothes when throwing a surprise party for someone like Tom Cruise.

Skwerl King
Skwerl King

This is strange. They make such shirts for small dogs or large dolls that should fit him.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I think Miscaviage was going for the mini "Village People" "Macho Man" look...that was popular in 1978. I'm sure he dressed that way for Tom.

Carmen
Carmen

Even if this X-Factor is only staged for consumption by the morons who slaver over American Idol, this woman can't possibly win.

If the judges select her, they're ignoring their own ears, and the flat notes that drip dully from Stacy Francis' lips.

This will raise the question, "Why are you judging music if you can't even perceive off notes? Shouldn't you find a better use for your judging skills? Like maybe judging the swine at a county fair?"

Clarkle
Clarkle

I think that the voting is up to the public now.  This could be trouble if all of the "15 million" members were to vote.

Clarkle
Clarkle

The whole celebration/tribute to Cruise is creepy.  I bet he hasn't had to buy toilet paper in years.

MarkStark
MarkStark

I bet he went home exhausted from the forced gaiety, and somehow let it be known that while he appreciated it, he didn't want one ever, ever, ever again.

sketto
sketto

Forced gaiety. Sounds like the perfect description of miscavige, in every sense.

mjm
mjm

the pic with Farrakhan is not going to sit well with most of the guys who run Hollywood...

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