Scientology Video of the Year: The Vote Is In!

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Here's your only clue to the winner
We're going to start off our end-of-year celebrations this week by revealing which video you selected as the best of 2011.

My thanks to our readers who participated in the poll. We had many interesting videos to choose from this year; some were new, others were rediscovered, and every one made an impact.

As for the winner? Well, I had a feeling this one would come out on top. But first, let's once more look over the also-rans.


Fifth Place: Birmingham in the House!

In September, a sharp-eyed researcher noticed that the Scientology org in Birmingham, England had left its server open to the public. Within days, a huge amount of information from the org had been posted on the Internet. Part of that leak included photos and a song from a tropical-themed fundraising event to raise money for an "Ideal Org" -- a new building, the kind of thing Scientologists are constantly being hit up for. These images (and especially the song) painted a much less glamorous picture than the celebrity-tinged church we normally get to see. The photos really came to life when someone put them together with the tune for what you see here. Note at the end the modest amounts church members were willing to pledge even after all that island fever.


Fourth Place: The Angels of the Melrose Mission

Scientology's boutique Melrose Bouleverd org apparently didn't last long, but it left behind this promotional video, which was sent to us by Angry Gay Pope. Readers have pointed out that there are some very odd moments in this homage to Charlie's Angels.


Third Place: "Dauntless, Defiant, Resolute (We are the IAS)"

We've been learning more and more about Chill EB, the Bay Area rapper whose career was revived in 2005 when he became Scientology's in-house hip hop artist. For the International Association of Scientologists -- the IAS -- Chill performed an inspirational track using the association's motto -- "Dauntless, Defiant, Resolute." He also created a video for it that we still haven't seen. But last month, we learned that Chill's song had been used for a separate video put together by IAS members in Copenhagen. Something about Danish breakdancers, Scientologists handing out certificates, and these earnest IAS members chiming in with the lip-syncing made this piece an instant hit.


Second Place: "Dede from the Phoenix Org"

Like the Birmingham leak, this was another glimpse into how much church members are pressured to raise funds for new buildings, called "Ideal Orgs." In this case, a woman named Dede and other members of the org in Phoenix, Arizona put on quite a show of enthusiasm as they promised a cheer for every donation. Since this video surfaced in July, some of us have become attached to the woman who stars in this show. She inspired one reader, after voting in this contest had started, to write, "Go, Dede. Every time you get a vote, we'll go crazy for you."

But Dede, and the other contestants, were simply outmatched in this contest. Winning by a large margin was...


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34 comments
koki raki
koki raki

I love it,how on Dede's video-guy that seats by table was not good with timing...he was not happy on time...to early....flunk!

Big hello from LRHs Bulgravia.

Jgg
Jgg

  I'll still have whatever Dede is having.

Markfisher57
Markfisher57

Thank you Tony.   I voted for this video, not because I am a participant in the video (Im behind Mike Rinder) but because I was happy to see how cheesy this video was after all these years.   I can answer the DM Hermes question.   We were all told to wear plain sweaters and shirts.  Nothing fancy.    DM of course then wears this loud Hermes number.  Why?  So he would "Stand Out" in this "Stand Tall" video and yes he is standing on an apple box to appear taller.  This was one of the last things I participated in before leaving for good.   Thanks for the memories!!

mjm
mjm

does anybody have any more info on biographer Wensley Clarkson's fair gaming by the cult after he was going to publish a tell-all outing T. Cruise in the early '90s (and some possibly explosive details about Cruise's pre-fame years in NYC in the late '70s)?

Mimi The Great
Mimi The Great

What that horrifyingly atrocious shirt tells me is no amount of money can buy taste,class or morals. And he head bobs like a douche.

GarryS
GarryS

One of the Melrose Angels is Suliana Gonzalez, a former Miss Mexico and reporter with Telemundo. I doubt the acting gig did much to help her career.  She has a website and is on YouTube. She performed at Winter Wonderland in Hollywood this month and has spoken at recruitment classes at the Melrose Mission.

 On the cult's agenda the last 2 years has been to  decieve & manipulate the Hispanic community into joining the cult.. there has been an influx of Latinos joining the Sea Org in Los Angeles.. Suliana is a much-valued tool of the cult.

MarkEbner59
MarkEbner59

...And, of course, the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to The Tom Cruise Crazy Tape. You're welcome.

MrElronious
MrElronious

DM is the Nimrod of our times. a man who thinks hes all powerfull, building a tower(bridge) to heaven, only to get up there and shoot a arrow at God, then God having the whole thing torn down sending people running away with a language no one can understand.

Mat Pesch
Mat Pesch

In 1990 "full pay" in the Sea Org was about $30 a week although this was often cut in half due to tight weekly financial budgets.  The shirt Miscavige is wearing probably equaled 6 months pay for most Sea Org members.  Realize that there are a few thousand Sea Org members (currently about 3,000) and $15 is taken from each of them (mandatory) for birthday and Xmas presents for Dave so he "can stand tall" in the mirror.

Schockenawd
Schockenawd

If nothing else, watching the height-challenged David Miscavige sing about standing tall is worth the price of admission.  He's a shrimp in so many ways.

MarkStark
MarkStark

I was thinking about the constant regging for money, on top of the high course/auditing fees. The way the cult flaunts the Scilebrities and heavy givers with trophies ("Doofus Platinum Meritorious" etc.) has got to be taking a toll on the members with less money. When hit up for a building fund, some of them probably think $20 is enough because some rich nitwit will come through with millions. They can read in the paper that Tom Cruise made so many millions on his last film, enough to buy 20 Orgs.

What happens when some of the wealthier members -- but non-Scilebrities -- get wind of the fact they can have "Knowledge Reports" written on them if they don't give enough?

With Tony featuring these videos, it is continuing the exposure of their scam. All the appeals that were once made "in-house," like the Tom Cruise video, or these videos, are exposing them for what they really are and how they operate.

This cult's main success has been layers of propaganda and secrets, that were targeted at a specific group. The Internet is destroying their ability to target specific groups, without there being a backlash for the methods they use.

Just how brainwashed do you have to be to believe Scilons are the "protectors of the real tradition of Christmas" or that they are the only ones who can save the planet?

mirele
mirele

Why is the scarf important? WHY IS THE SCARF IMPORTANT? I can't believe you're asking that, TonyO. :)

The scarf is important because a Hermes scarf costs a lot of money...minimum of several hundred dollars. And Sea Org staff get $50/week, when they get paid. So Little Napoleon wearing a scarf that is the equivalent of a couple months' pay is a sign to other members of the Sea bOrg that says, "I, David Miscavige, am not you."

It also screams "private inurement" to me, but the Co$ apparently has the feared Internal Revenue Service by the balls.

mjm
mjm

is it just me or do the Melrose Angels look like an even trashier version of the Kardashians?

Guest
Guest

Latent best line of 2011.

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

Mark,

If everyone was supposed to wear plain sweaters and shirts, did Ray Mithoff get sent to the RPF for his loud sweater?  

Out of curiosity, does it embarrass you to have been in this video now?  Were all the participants thinking this video would actually be a good thing?

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

Since LA's Mayor McCheese likes to boink Telemundo reporters, I wonder if Suilana has any connections with Villaraigosa.  I would bet money that there's a strong connection with the Mayor's office and the Latino element of the cult in LA.

John P.
John P.

Wonder if Ms Gonzales did this video while she was a reporter for Telemundo, and if that would get her in trouble with the network.  Has she done stories about the Church of Scientology?  Is she the Hispanic equivalent of Greta von Susteren?

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

And Eugene Mirman tops it with his own version, where he rambles about "foro shields" to keep out the "zeftorgs" as millions of rape monkeys attack people and he can "materialize shit five feet in front of me." It's on YouTube; fun stuff.

Marty Rugburn
Marty Rugburn

Rinder said he was standing on a box for the video. We stand tall if we are standing on something!

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

When you get right down to it...

The whole construct of Hubbard's Bridge is simply this...

'Out of Your Pocket and Into Mine'.

John P.
John P.

You ask, "Just how brainwashed do you have to be to believe Scilons are the 'protectors of the real tradition of Christmas' or that they are the only ones who can save the planet?"  

You have to be as brainwashed as Tom Cruise who said in that famous video that "When you're a Scientologist, and you drive by an accident, you know you have to do something about it, because you know you're the only one who can really help... We are the way to happiness. We can bring peace and unite cultures."   Different whack job, different day, same message.  Scary.  

Old OT7
Old OT7

Well now, MarkStark, let's not be too harsh now.  I believe on Christmas, members are only required to purchase 32 copies of The Basics instead of 64.  I mean, that's the TRUE meaning of Christmas, isn't it?  You know, letting members keep enough of their money to have Christmas dinner and McDonald's?  It just warms my heart...

MarkStark
MarkStark

I just looked at Hermes online. A plain 100% cotton polo shirt costs $455. A ready-to-wear long sleeve dress shirt costs $680.

ihateyborscientology
ihateyborscientology

I work at a retail store in the mall , this year i got a seasonal job in the gift wrap department, the day before christmas a gentleman came thru with two items to be giftwrapped. I took them out of the box and looked for the pricetags to remove them.They were two beautiful scarves but embroidered in big huge letters was the phrase

WE ARE THE IAS......... i almost shit my pants

ShellyMiscavige
ShellyMiscavige

The gayness is way strong in David Miscavige.

I guess that's why he locked me in the RPF for so long, so he could try to get Tom Cruise to play with his tiny pee-pee.

Markfisher57
Markfisher57

I was on my way out the door but from what I remember, it was the late 80s.  We honestly felt that the song was pretty cool at the time and thought it would be a big hit with the Scientology public at the event it was going to be used at.

That being said, we also thought the Road to Freedom Music Album was pretty cool and I remember listening to it a few years ago and thought to myself- what was I thinking??  Very corny.

The main difference is getting away from the kool aid for many years and then looking back with a new clearer viewpoint.

candace6
candace6

Imagine being the kid of Scientology parents and waking up on Christmas morning  to find.....a lifetime membership in the IAS!! 

mirele
mirele

Before I made my statement, I went to ebay to see what they had in the way of Hermes scarves. And yeah, expensive, several hundred dollars. It's all about the price tag and Davey was flaunting it.

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

Please tell us which store in your mall sells those scarves?  I know that people often bring outside purchases to be wrapped, but if those scarves are available, this would make for good future lulz.

Rpontopix
Rpontopix

 That would be just tragic and not even funny.

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