Xenu Followers Force Florida Theater to Drop Scientology Documentary Going Clear

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The Church of Scientology has successfully cock-blocked screenings of the documentary exposé Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief in the Church’s home base of Clearwater, Florida.

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Originally released in March, Going Clear details many of the inner workings of the Church via interviews with former members and insiders who left after realizing the whole thing is absolutely insane. The documentary spends a good amount of time highlighting how the Church uses its financial clout and intimidation tactics to wield power.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Cobb Countryside 12, which had planned to play the movie, informed HBO Documentary Films in recent days that it wouldn’t play Going Clear after allegedly receiving threats from the church, according to sources. It’s unclear what those threats were and to whom they were directed. HBO declined to comment and Cobb could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Reps for Scientology call the alleged threats a cry for attention:

Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw said that this was “just another of Gibney’s publicity stunts to go along with all of the other phony ‘threats’ he has manufactured to get attention. It is pure fiction just like his film...”

Anyone in Clearwater who wants to see this fiction film can catch the re-release on October 2 in the next town over, at AMC Woodlands Square Oldsmar. Related:


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Simple and wholly serious question. Who in the world is afraid of this lunatic cult and for what reason? By that I mean specifically those who are not members of Scientology or ever have been? I can understand the theory that guys like Travolta and Cruise are gay and are afraid of being outed, but what possible threat could this insane organization give to convince a theater owner not to show a movie protected by freedom of speech? They aren’t the damn mafia or the KGB. At most they’ll follow you around in their car and act tough. How about a nice simple retort like , “Hey Seaorg degenerate maniacs, go fuck yourself.” What exactly are they gonna do, offer empty threats and follow you around in their car some more?