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Scientology ad running on TV and maybe for the Super Bowl

Discussion in 'Media' started by The Wrong Guy, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    The new Scientology ad running on TV — and maybe for the Super Bowl | The Underground Bunker

    We’ve been getting reports from readers that Scientology has been running a television ad in prominent places in the last week or so. The ad appeared before one of the NFL playoff games this weekend, and we heard that it also ran yesterday during a showing of The View and the Ellen Degeneres Show.

    That’s consistent with the way the church has done things over the last few years, as it has started out each new year with multiple showings of a new ad leading up to the Super Bowl.

    We’ve tried, each time, in vain, to educate the media that Scientology does not pay the huge money for official Super Bowl slots (about $4 million for a 30-second spot), but instead runs its ad in only a handful of cities during periods that are reserved for local spots. (One expert told us the church might spend up to about a million dollars in total to run the ads in cities like New York and Los Angeles during the game.)

    Whatever the cost, we’ve also pointed out numerous times that these ads generally produce ridicule on Twitter from viewers who are stunned to see Scientology advertising at all. But the point of these ads is not to attract new members. Former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder says that the intended audience is Scientologists themselves, who must be convinced that the church is expanding (when the opposite is true) so they can be convinced to donate even more money.

    We’ve pointed out how bogus the numbers are that Scientology comes up with in these ads. In an ad from a few years ago, Scientology claimed that it was growing by “more than 4.4 million” people each year, when the truth is that its worldwide membership is probably closer to only 35,000.

    If you think that’s a stretch, you’ll love the numbers Scientology has put into this latest ad. The spot has no narration, just a lot of type presented against music. We’ve got some screenshots of it, and then we’ll provide a transcript.

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2015/01/07/the-new-scientology-ad-running-on-tv-and-maybe-for-the-super-bowl/

    Here are some of the earlier threads about the cult's Super Bowl ads:

    https://whyweprotest.net/threads/superbowl-ad.108681/

    https://whyweprotest.net/threads/omg-scientology-just-wasted-30-million-on-superbowl-ad.116651/
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology’s new ‘expansion’ ad

    After four Scientology Ideal Orgs opened in 2013, just one did in 2014 — in Sydney — but Scientology still wants you to believe that it’s expanding faster now that at any time in its history. All evidence points to the opposite, of course. The three dozen Ideal Orgs opened since 2002 only replaced previous facilities, and Mike Rinder recently showed through Scientology’s own records that all of its actual expansion happened in the 1970s and 1980s.
    Scientology is shrinking, fast, and leader David Miscavige’s big show of new buildings doesn’t mask the steady exodus of actual members.

    But get ready to be played like a fiddle as Scientology’s newest video has appeared, extolling Miscavige and his personal control over his organization’s many real estate plans. (Oops, better tell the lawyers down in Texas who are trying to convince judges there that Miscavige has almost nothing to do with anything except thinking big ecclesiastical thoughts.)

    We still think the previous video that Scientology put out, about its social betterment groups, is more likely to be the one shown at the Super Bowl. But we’re ready to be surprised and have this one pop up with its long narration about Dave’s many projects. Take a look…

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  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology: Self Pleasuring

    By Mike Rinder

    More hilarity from the Razzerloonies…

    From:
    Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2015
    To:
    Subject: FW: THETA NEWS!

    Thanks so much for forwarding this!

    I just received this from the IASA! Cool news on the IAS funded Scientology dissemination campaign!

    1 minute after the “Age of Answers” Scientology ad aired during the Superbowl half-time, the scientology.org website visits went from an average of 80 to 1,800!!!

    And after the ad aired on Superbowl, there was a TON of buzz and feedback on social media. Here are some of the responses:

    “It wouldn’t be Superbowl without a Scientology ad”
    “The Scientology commercial was on point”
    “Scientology… the best this year!! Well put together and CLASSY as usuall!!! GREAT JOB!”
    “Scientology nailed it with yet another ad. Very impressive…”
    “I know that every will be talking about one thing at work tomorrow. SCIENTOLOGY”
    “I think we can all agree that Scientology was the big winner tonight”
    “Scientology commercial better than any other commercials”
    “Scientology happened on NBC. It was very effective.”
    “Hey guys, I’ve decided to become a Scientologist.”
    “That Scientology commercial just totally convinced me!!”
    “The Scientology commercial is always my favorite part of the Super Bowl”

    And starting tonight, from Saturday 9PM to Sunday 9PM, we have 24 hours of the You Tube home page take over, where our ad will be playing on the You Tube home page!!

    And our ad is playing on the Grammy’s tomorrow night!!

    It’s EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    These guys actually buy this garbage?

    They place an ad on TV and then get people to comment about it (no indication where these comments appeared — they might have just asked around in the IAS offices what Michael Roberts and Teddy Bragin and Kathy Feshbach thought of them).

    Those comments are then regurgitated and they whip themselves into a frenzy about how AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! and EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is that “people” are saying such AMAAAZING things. “I’ve decided to become a Scientologist” — come on. If that ad convinced you of that then you probably DO have the IQ to hand over all your money. “The Scientology commercial is always my favorite part of the Super Bowl.” Bwahahaha. “I think we can all agree that Scientology was the big winner tonight.” Oh, I thought it was the New England Patriots….

    Hold the phones — one of our readers has just pointed out that she saw some of the tweets. They were real. And TOTALLY SARCASTIC. It’s the problem when you take yourself too seriously and are constantly hammered to be literal in everything.

    Even funnier. They have turned snark into “praise” and are basking in it.

    And they spend millions on ads and practically have a self inflicted orgasm over the claim that the scientology.org website visits went from an average of 80 to 1,800.

    1800? An hour? A day? At one time?

    Whatever time period this is, it is pathetic. And they are jumping up and down about it? 1800 people? Do the Razzerloonies realize that their wonderful scientology.org site STILL gets less traffic than Tony Ortega’s BLOG?

    Continued here:
    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/scientology-self-pleasuring/
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    I think THIS site gets moar page views than that.

    and that says a lot doesn't it?
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  5. All funny haha shit aside, this actually sucks.

    Yeah, TO gets more visitors to his blog. Maybe Rinder and WWP too. But how many of us donate more than $100? Maybe a handful. $1,000? Maybe a few at best. $10,000? I'm guessing probably no one. $100,000? Aw hell no.

    How many of those 1,800 are going to end up donating $100,000? Given how much they shell out, probably a bunch. $1,000,000? Probably more than a few. $10,000,000 or more? I don't know, but if this 1,800 is the increase in one day, then over a week they could get several thousand more visitors. There's a chance they could score at least one big whale out of that bunch.

    Even if these ads were only to make their existing flock happy as both TO and Rinder theorize, how many of them plopped down even more money?

    So yeah, my guess is that the cult has good reason to jump up and down. If these numbers are correct, their ads were totally worth it. And that would be some fucked up shit right there. :(
  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology debuts what will probably be its Super Bowl ad of 2016 | The Underground Bunker

    One of our sharp-eyed readers noticed that at some point last night, a new ad debuted on Scientology’s official website. It’s a lot like the ones in the past, with the Apple Computer-like style and professional gloss, and the same narrator they’ve used the last couple of years. We’re guessing you’ll start seeing this ad soon during national television broadcasts and especially during sporting events.

    <snipped>

    Some of the media have understood what we learned about the annual Super Bowl strategy that Scientology employs. It does not buy a national ad during the game for what will be as much as $5 million for a 30-second spot. Instead, during the game, there are a few spots reserved for local advertisers, and those spots cost far less. Scientology buys those spots in some cities, and an expert told us they might spend a total of about $1 million to place them. They tend to show up during the pre-game show and right at the end of the first half.

    As soon as Scientology puts the ad, “Technology Spirituality,” on its YouTube channel, we’ll embed it. For now, you can get a look at it on the official page, scientology.org, where it automatically plays.

    http://tonyortega.org/2016/01/01/sc...ar-by-revealing-the-poster-for-howdycon-2016/
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  7. According to this synopsis of noted Quack L. Ron Hubbard's scam, everything leads to the question of Who am I (disregard who was LRH, an abusive convicted fraud who lied about every single major 'accomplishment' of his twisted psychotic life. This Quack was an utter fraud. (period)

    Who am I? (Answer below)
    Save youreself from convicted fraud L. Ron Hubbard's quack science and the false promises of Scientology's $300,000.00+ scam.


    Who am I?
    Simple: You're Prisoner 24601

    Google: Scientology / Abusive Cult
    Google: Scientology / Massive Fraud
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  9. RightOn Member

    ^^^^ UGH!
    Included in Ortega's story at the end are some current New Years eve pics.
    And yet another picture of that goofball in the Hawaiian shirt standing with some asian women. So sick of seeing his fucking mug!
    Guess he traded in his bow tie for good, since he is not yucking it up with the NOI any more?
    fucking idiot.
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  10. The Wrong Guy Member

    Yes, that was a Scientology ad you saw during the Super Bowl. Here’s what’s in it.

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, February 7, 2016

    For the fourth year in a row, Scientology has aired one of its ads in some local markets during the Super Bowl. And, as usual, the ad has produced a lot of hilarity on Twitter as viewers around the country react in pretty much the same way: “Was that really a Scientology ad I just saw?” This year is no different, as you’ll see in the Twitter reactions below. But first, let’s review the ad itself first.

    As in past years, Scientology saved money by only buying local-market spots in some areas, which we have been told adds up to about a $1 million cost, rather than airing a 30-second national ad, which this year ran about $5 million.

    Which cities got the ad? We’ll have to judge from the Twitter reactions. But in the past, Scientology leader David Miscavige has aired the ads in cities where his local members have put up the cash to open an “Ideal Org” as a way to punish those cities that haven’t yet ponied up for a new church.

    Do these ads actually help the church recruit new people? Probably not. They’re just too hilariously bizarre to rope in newbies. Our experts tell us the ad is really aimed at existing members, to convince them that their donations are being spent to propagate Scientology.

    OK, so here’s the minute-long version of the 30-second ad you saw on television.

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/02/07/ye...-saw-during-the-super-bowl-heres-whats-in-it/
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  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology takes out a Super Bowl ad for the fourth year in a row | Hollywood Reporter

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/scientology-airs-ad-super-bowl-862816

    CBS Sells Ads to Scientology | Showbiz411

    ...why does CBS take money from Scientology for commercials? They are a religious cult, the subject of an Emmy award winning documentary that chronicles their ills. Is it a Paramount-Viacom-CBS-Tom Cruise thing? I hope not. What a mistake for the Tiffany network.

    http://www.showbiz411.com/2016/02/0...s-half-time-show-cbs-sells-ads-to-scientology
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  13. Trinity College objects to Scientology's use of image in Super Bowl ad without permission.

    Stories:

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    Scientology advert features image resembling Trinity’s Long Room

    http://trinitynews.ie/scientology-advert-features-image-resembling-trinitys-long-room/

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    UPDATE 8/2/16, 17:22 – Responding the request for comment, a College spokeswoman said “The Long Room situated in the Library of Trinity College Dublin is one of Ireland’s most iconic interiors and attracted 769,000 visitors last year. It holds 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books and is one of the most impressive libraries in the world.

    “The image used in the advertisement for the Church of Scientology bears a strong resemblance to the 18th century library. No permission was granted by Trinity College Dublin for its usage and it does not endorse it in this form of promotion. Contact is being made with the Church of Scientology on the matter.”

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * * *

    *************************************************************************************

    https://www.newstalk.com/Scientology-advert-features-images-resembling-Trinity-Colleges-Long-Room
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  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    Super Bowl 50 Commercials: Best and Worst | Breitbart

    Excerpt:

    The Church of Scientology shelled out big bucks again to run a spot during the Big Game. This one’s called “Who Am I?” Of course, social media users were quick to question how the Church could afford to run a pricey ad.

    If your tax exempt entity can afford to purchase a Superbowl ad perhaps its time to reevaluate the tax code. #scientology #SB50

    — Joe Fain (@senatorfain) February 8, 2016

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2016/02/08/super-bowl-ads-best-and-worst/
  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    This is from Mike Rinder today.

    Nothing Says Chinese New Year Like….

    …left-over anti-drug booklets from the church of scientology.

    Residual evidence that the grand plan of distributing ginormous numbers of Truth About Drugs for the Super Bowl was another Big Fail(tm).

    I suspect the people who gave them money for the Super Bowl distribution might be just a bit peeved.

    I suppose they are trying to clear some space in the SFO “ideal org” so they can fit in more copies of the “Basics,” “Congresses” and “ACCs.” Every org on earth has rooms full of these items when they were forced to buy them from Bridge/NEP in order to inflate the “sales figures” — any org that resisted were deemed “CI to Command Intention” and the money was simply taken by the FBO and sent to the Pubs Orgs and the Execs concerned were Comm Eved and removed. It’s the old game — someone above is stat pushing quotas. They are completely unreal. But to protest them is futile as it is seen to be “CI.” And when it comes to books, those “quotas” are turned into “sales” because the org finances are controlled by the Flag Banking Officer who does not answer to the local org or Board of Directors (in spite what it may say on their corporate papers) but is in fact responsible to funnel money “up lines” — in fact that is the FBO’s primary statistic.

    Continued here:
    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/nothing-says-chinese-new-year-like/
  16. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here's a press release that the cult published today. Quote:

    Scientology Grammy Awards Ad Spotlights Humanitarian Initiatives

    Scientology-supported humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs are making a difference worldwide at thousands of schools, police forces, halfway houses, and in communities and churches of every denomination.

    A new ad that aired Monday in key U.S. markets during the Grammy Awards spotlights the record global expansion of Church of Scientology–supported humanitarian and social betterment programs.

    The Church’s extensive initiatives help communities throughout the world plagued by drug abuse and addiction, crime, immorality, and a litany of human rights violations.

    Among the programs supported by the Church:

    · A worldwide human rights education initiative
    · An equally far-reaching drug education and prevention program
    · Values and character education
    · A network of groundbreaking drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers
    · A global network of literacy and learning centers
    · The Scientology Volunteer Minister program, now comprising one of the world’s largest independent relief forces.

    Last year saw the distribution of some 7 million copies of The Truth About Drugs booklets and its curriculum delivered in more than 5,000 schools to over 200,000 students. The Youth for Human Rights education initiative was adopted by the attorney general of one nation and the human rights commissions of two others. And to date, more than 115 million copies of The Way to Happiness written by L. Ron Hubbard have been distributed in 111 languages.

    Also in 2015, six expansive new model Narconon drug rehabilitation centers opened to deliver the program’s acclaimed drug-free rehabilitation technology based on the research and discoveries of L. Ron Hubbard. Among these were four model continental rehabilitation and training centers to educate specialists who will helm future Narconon centers throughout their regions. These new centers were all made possible by the generous contributions of members of the International Association of Scientologists.

    This year also saw the opening of seven new humanitarian centers in Clearwater, Florida, to bring these solutions to bear in the city that has been home to the spiritual headquarters of the Scientology religion for the past 40 years. These centers have rapidly become a hub of community activity and involvement, hosting seminars, meetings and training programs for community leaders, educators, police and concerned citizens.

    The Aims of Scientology are “a civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights.”

    To learn more about the humanitarian programs and social betterment initiatives supported by the Church of Scientology or to watch the full 60-second version of the 30-second ad that aired on the Grammys, visit [cult link removed].

    Source: http://www.pr.com/press-release/658632
  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology’s other ad airing now on network TV

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, February 20, 2016

    Following recent tradition, Scientology aired a new ad during local spots in this year’s Super Bowl and then began showing more ads during prime time broadcasts in the ensuing weeks. This year, however, rather than just show the same Super Bowl ad over and over, Scientology has been running a second ad during such broadcasts as the Grammy Awards show.

    The second ad touts Scientology’s “social betterment” campaigns, front groups that are intended to boost the image of founder L. Ron Hubbard while giving outdated advice about drug abuse, etc.

    Here’s the 30-second ad you may have been seeing lately in prime time:

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  18. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology’s Super Bowl ad: Here’s your sneak peek at what it’s going to be like

    By Tony Ortega, February 4, 2017

    Quote:

    In past years, by now Scientology had already played its big Super Bowl ad a few times during playoff games, and posted it to one of its YouTube channels. But for whatever reason they’ve kept this year’s ad under wraps, playing it only once that we know of — during their New Year’s event in Los Angeles (which was actually held December 17).

    <snipped>

    ...we haven’t had a chance to see the ad. But we did hear it, because we were leaked an audio recording of the New Year’s event, and in that recording we could hear Miscavige play the ad for the crowd.

    So we got an idea. All of these recent Super Bowl ads seem to have been made for Scientology by the same outfit and with the same slick look. And they all tend to have the same general feel as far as their narration. We wondered what it would look like if we took the audio from the 2017 ad and laid it over one of Scientology’s previous Super Bowl ads.

    We think you’re going to find the result pretty entertaining.



    <snipped>

    Works pretty well, doesn’t it? Which just goes to show you how formulaic these ads are, as slick as they seem to be.

    And also, that they actually tell you absolutely nothing about Scientology itself, or how it works.

    As in past years, we expect to see a lot of shock and disgust from viewers who record their reactions at Twitter. And we will hear from people who want to know, does Scientology really think it can recruit new members with this kind of ad?

    It’s important to remember that the real target of these ads are Scientologists themselves, particularly the wealthy donors who David Miscavige tries to convince are expanding the church with their donations. Having a slick ad play during the Super Bowl helps to convince them that they are the “fastest growing religion in the world,” when the opposite is true.

    More at http://tonyortega.org/2017/02/04/sc...your-sneak-peek-at-what-its-going-to-be-like/
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  19. Reach your full potential in Scientology? No chance, Submit!
  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology’s 2017 Super Bowl ad, ‘Your Full Potential,’ is another mystery sandwich

    By Tony Ortega, February 5, 2017

    Quote:

    For the fifth year in a row, Scientology is airing a slick new ad during the Super Bowl. As in past years, the ad airs during local time slots and only in certain cities. While the national ads aired during the game are costing about $5 million for a thirty-second spot, Scientology’s strategy ends up costing about $1 million, experts have told us.

    We’ll be watching reactions on Twitter and in our comments to get some idea as to which cities Scientology leader David Miscavige chose to see the ad. A couple of years ago, he announced that cities that had opened “Ideal Orgs” would get the ads, but last year we didn’t see any particular pattern to which cities were chosen.

    As for the ad itself, it follows Scientology’s usual “mystery sandwich” style, making only vague statements to create a mood without saying anything about how Scientology actually works.

    This year’s felt like a rehash of images from its older ads with some new narration. In other words, it seemed pretty weak.



    <snipped>

    We’re curious to see how the ad fares this year in the wake of Leah Remini’s A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath. We’re watching Twitter for the best reactions.

    More at http://tonyortega.org/2017/02/05/sc...r-full-potential-is-another-mystery-sandwich/
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  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    False Advertising: What Scientology’s Super Bowl Ad Won’t Tell You | The Scientology Money Project

    By Jeffrey Augustine, February 5, 2017

    Quote:

    Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most exciting days of the year in America. The “big game” drew 112,000,000 viewers in 2016. Advertisers lined up to pay $5,000,000 for a 30 second spot, which works out to $166,666 per second.

    The Scientology Cult spends tax exempt dollars on a Super Bowl ad each year. However, the Cult only runs its ad in regional markets and spends perhaps $1,000,000. As reported by Tony Ortega, the Scientology Super Bowl has, in past years, contained text that claims various spiritual benefits for Scientology:

    …There’s no language adequate to describe
    The ultimate heights you can attain…
    Your full potential


    Seriously? The Scientology Cult actually claims that one can reach their full potential by becoming a Scientologist? This is not only a lie, but it is false advertising. If anything, the Scientology Cult devastates its own members by legally, financially, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually crippling them to the greatest extent possible. Facts:

    * Scientologists must sign a series of contracts that strip them of their legal rights to sue the Church of Scientology for damages of any kind — up to and including death.

    * Scientologists must sign a contract that allows their “Church” to literally kidnap them and hold them captive if they experience a severe psychiatric breakdown, or what Scientology calls a “Psych Break.” This contract states that as Scientology does not believe in psychiatry or mental illness, the Scientologist gives his or her fellow Scientologists legal permission to remove them from any psychiatric facility and relocate them to a Scientology facility. This contract is what killed Scientologist Lisa McPherson after she was removed from a hospital following her psychiatric breakdown in which she stripped herself naked on a public street and begged for help.

    * Scientology flagrantly lied to the IRS when it said it gave refunds and repayments of “monies on account for future services” to Scientologists who were unhappy and wanted their money back. The fact is that the greedy and deceptive Scientology Cult refuses refund and repayment requests by stating that there is no law requiring it to give any money back to anyone. This is Scientology’s bait and switch: Scientology salespeople will tell any lie or make any promise to separate its members from their money — and once Scientology gets that money Scientologists will never get it back despite what Scientology policy says or what Scientologist told the IRS.

    * Scientology Cult leader David Miscavige is so terrified of the public that he has not given an interview on television since his 1992 interview with Ted Koppel on ABC’s Nightline. The interview did not go well.

    * Why David Miscavige is not the legitimate successor of L. Ron Hubbard. Rather, Miscavige rose to power in a series of coups in which he purged anyone who opposed him. This included Hubbard’s wife Mary Sue Hubbard who was the co-founder of the Church of Scientology.

    * Why David Miscavige’s wife Shelly Miscavige is missing and has not been seen in public for over ten years. Vanity Fair’s outstanding article on Scientology’s Vanished Queen.

    * Scientology’s secret teaching about Jesus Christ is a disgrace.

    * Scientology’s secret Master Race doctrine embodies a call for a genocide against a certain class of people who comprise 2.5% of the world’s population.

    * Stolen Valor: Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s fake war medals — Hubbard never served one day in combat and yet he claimed a Bronze Star and two Purple Heart’s and many other combat medals.

    * The great big lie Scientology tells about the death of L. Ron Hubbard.

    Source: https://scientologymoneyproject.com...hat-scientologys-super-bowl-ad-wont-tell-you/
  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    What happens when Scientology helps you reach ‘your full potential’

    By Jeffrey Augustine, February 11, 2017

    Quote:

    This year’s Scientology Super Bowl commercial was pretty much like the previous four: It looked like those slick Apple ads from a decade ago, and it tries to give you the warm and fuzzies about learning things about yourself.

    This year’s ad concluded with these lines:

    …Through all of life’s journey
    There’s no language adequate to describe
    The ultimate heights you can attain…
    Your full potential


    Those lines are heard as images of a young woman is taking the sensors for the Scientology E-meter — she’s about to unleash her full potential because she’s engaging in Scientology. That’s the point, right? And now, at Scientology’s website, you can see the same slogan.

    Like its previous ads, Scientology’s commercial really doesn’t tell you anything about how Scientology works or what you’ll be asked to accept if you join. So what does it mean that Scientology will help you reach “your full potential”?

    In its early history, Scientology made a lot of exorbitant claims about what it could do. L. Ron Hubbard claimed that his “technology” could cure diabetes, allergies, cancer, and other diseases, as well teach people how to “go exterior with full perception” — leave your body at will. In other words, reaching your full potential meant becoming a superhuman with amazing powers.

    But is that what Scientology delivers? Seeing this new slogan made us think about some famous cases in Scientology history. Did these people reach their “full potential”?

    Continued at http://tonyortega.org/2017/02/11/what-happens-when-scientology-helps-you-reach-your-full-potential/
  24. The Wrong Guy Member

    It’s Scientology TV ad season as the Super Bowl approaches — here’s what to expect

    By Tony Ortega, January 3, 2018

    Quote:

    It’s always fun, this time of year, to see the reactions when people unfamiliar with the idea of David Miscavige’s PR aspirations suddenly realize they’ve seen a Scientology ad on their television, and they take to Twitter to have the mother of all freakouts.

    It never fails. Each year, we see viewers go completely nuts over the idea that Scientology has paid to run a short pitch on their TV screens.

    You’d think they’d be used to it by now. Five years ago, for 2013’s Super Bowl, Scientology advertised during the game for the first time. Why then? Well, we agreed with Mike Rinder that it was probably a direct result of Debbie Cook asking, in court testimony in 2012, about the money that Scientologists were supposedly paying for publicity campaigns.

    Cook was a top former church official and the questions she raised in a famous New Year’s 2012 email led directly to a large exodus of people leaving the church — and no doubt made Miscavige sit up and take notice. She seemed to have a good point: Scientologists are under intense pressure to fork over huge amounts of money that they are told will be used to “disseminate” Scientology to the larger public. But what did they have to show for it? Where were the TV ads or other means of getting the word out? Only a few months after Cook made that complaint, Scientology aired its first ever Super Bowl ad.

    And fortunately for us, the result has been five years of hilariously earnest TV ads that result in endless mocking on social media each year.

    We’re just starting to hear from some readers that this year’s advertising season has begun — a 1-minute spot about Scientology “Volunteer Ministers” aired during some college bowl games over the weekend, and we suspect you’ll run into it at some point in the next couple of weeks.

    It’s a new ad that Scientology posted to its YouTube channel on December 20, and it’s a characteristically slick piece of propaganda.



    You get no sense of what Scientology is, of course, and no hint that once you dedicate yourself to it utterly, you’ll eventually be paying up to $1,000 an hour to have invisible alien life forms removed from yourself with an electronic Ouija board, and that you may be forced to rip your family apart to squelch dissent.

    But we digress. We expect you’ll start seeing this VM ad pop up in the coming days, but the Super Bowl ad itself tends to be kept under wraps until just before the game itself.

    Continued at https://tonyortega.org/2018/01/03/i...e-super-bowl-approaches-heres-what-to-expect/
  25. Complaint about Scientology Bowl Ads by Claire Headley of Scientology and the Aftermath.

    Complaint by Claire Headley about Scientology Super Bowl ads after losing her childhood, 30 years of her life, her freedom, two children, her mother and siblings and all immediate family and friends to Scientology.

    Please mail letters to:

    NFL Commissioner Mr. Roger Goodell
    345 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10154

    Some Twitter tags: #Scientology #ScientologyTheAftermath #NFL #Goodell @NFL @nflcommish

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  26. BigBeard Member

    Complaints should be directed to the stations airing the ads. The NFL doesn't have any direct control over the ads.

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  27. The Wrong Guy Member

    Are you Sci-Curious? Here’s Scientology’s 2018 Super Bowl ad | The Underground Bunker

    Since 2013, the church has bought local ad spots during the big game to show its slick ads, and this year will be no different.

    But we do see some obvious differences in tonight’s ad than the ones we’ve seen in the past.

    The biggest difference is that Scientology is named right off the bat. In previous years, the ad tends to promote a “mystery sandwich” of ideas and saves for the last seconds to reveal that the message is coming from the Church of Scientology. But this time, we see Scientology ID’d right at the beginning as we’re presented with the idea of what happens if you search on the words “What is Scientology” in Google.

    The second big difference is that for the first time, a Scientology Super Bowl ad has no voiceover. Except for a little chatter at the beginning — “It’s like, what do they do in there? Have you met a Scientologist? Yeah, like, what do they believe?” — You’re just supposed to absorb this year’s message from the visuals.

    https://tonyortega.org/2018/02/04/are-you-sci-curious-heres-scientologys-2018-super-bowl-ad/

    Best reactions to last night’s Scientology Super Bowl ad, which asked, ‘Curious?’ | The Underground Bunker

    As it has since 2013, Scientology bought local spots during the Super Bowl to air a commercial, which was met with howls of derision on social media. We had fun last night watching the reaction live.

    As we predicted based on past years, the ad showed up in numerous markets during the pre-game show. It then didn’t air during the Super Bowl’s first half because those are all national spots, which Scientology doesn’t purchase during the game itself. Then, right at the end of halftime, as in past years, the ad showed up during a local ad slot — but just in Los Angeles, apparently. It showed up in other markets during a local ad slot at the end of the third quarter, including here in New York. It then continued to air after the game, including during the airing of the NBC show This Is Us.

    Expect it to continue airing, particularly during the Winter Olympics. It looks like David Miscavige is really pouring gasoline on this fire.

    The ad itself was pretty underwhelming, considering what the church has aired in past years. Gone was the narrator providing voiceover, and the images were mostly recycled from previous spots. Also, Scientology was named right away, so viewers had a full 30 seconds to recoil in horror.

    Most surprisingly, the ad suggested that viewers do something that Scientologists themselves are instructed never to do, and that’s to research Scientology on the Internet.

    Here’s the 30-second version of the ad. Scientology usually puts up a minute-long version, and we’ll add it here if they do.

    https://tonyortega.org/2018/02/05/b...cientology-super-bowl-ad-which-asked-curious/
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    We got a correspondent into Scientology’s New Year’s Event Saturday in Los Angeles

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, December 24, 2018

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    Once again, we got a correspondent into a major Scientology event. Our tipster attended Saturday night’s New Year’s Event held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Scientology customarily films its New Year’s event a few days early, pretending it’s actually New Year’s Eve, so that the video can be screened on December 31 at its orgs around the world. Here’s what our stringer saw:

    This year, the metal detectors and bag search were at the entrance to the outside waiting and social area. In the past, the metal detectors and bag search were at the doors to the Shrine Auditorium building itself.

    As always, a ticket and photo ID were required for entry. The tickets were individually bar-coded, tied to one’s ID, and scanned upon entry.

    The Shine Auditorium (capacity 6,300) was easily 95 percent full. I don’t know if the church hired seat fillers. All I can do is report what I saw, and the Shrine has not been this full for a New Year’s Event for years.

    <snipped>

    The new Super Bowl ad was shown. It was as professional, visually striking, vague, lacking in substance and ultimately meaningless as all of the prior Super Bowl ads. The ad got a great response.

    More at https://tonyortega.org/2018/12/24/w...ogys-new-years-event-saturday-in-los-angeles/
  31. The Wrong Guy Member

    Today, Rod Keller posted an update. Quote:

    According to an eyewitness, David Miscavige played this year’s Super Bowl ad during Scientology’s New Year’s Event in Los Angeles (which was actually taped December 22), but we’re still waiting to see the ad for ourselves. In the meantime, we’ve heard that Scientology has a goal to distribute 500,000 booklets for the Foundation for a Drug Free World front group outside Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, from January 26 until the big game on February 3 between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.

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    Scientology is calling for volunteers by the hundreds, but as usual we expect to see them in the dozens. Even 100 volunteers would be hard pressed to distribute 500,000 booklets. Each one would have to give out more than a booklet per minute for eight hours a day for each of the nine days to reach the goal. The booklets are important as part of the “fourth dynamic” campaigns of Scientology, but there’s another motivation — money. Scientology doesn’t print them for free even though they own two large printing plants. Somebody has to donate to make it happen, and the cost to print is a small fraction of the size of the donations requested from members.

    Source: https://tonyortega.org/2019/01/27/o...ackery-now-being-touted-for-miraculous-cures/
  32. The Wrong Guy Member

    NFL great Marshall Faulk plugs Scientology front group on Fox News

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, February 1, 2019

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    NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk handed Scientology its most visible public boost in a long time yesterday by appearing on the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends” to plug the Church of Scientology’s front group Foundation for a Drug-Free World ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl game.

    For seven years, Scientology has targeted the Super Bowl for its biggest publicity push each year, airing an ad for the church itself in some markets. At its New Year’s Event held in Los Angeles last month, David Miscavige previewed this year’s new ad for his audience, and we will be looking for it during Sunday’s game.

    But this year the publicity push has started early with Faulk’s appearance.

    <snipped>

    Faulk’s appearance was brief, and typically rushed in the morning-show style. After chatting about Tom Brady and Sunday’s game, Faulk had just a few moments to promote Drug-Free World when show host Brian Kilmeade brought it up in what was clearly a planned plug at about the 2:30 mark:

    <snipped>

    Prior to yesterday’s two appearances, however, we didn’t find any involvement of Faulk in either Drug-Free World or in Scientology itself. But Scientology leader David Miscavige has to be thrilled that he has an NFL Hall of Famer pushing one of his most active front groups. We’ll be looking to see how much more publicity Faulk can get for the group over the big football weekend.

    Meanwhile, Miscavige also got some help from John Travolta and Kelly Preston, who managed to get a glowing puff piece on a recent cover of Us Weekly magazine extolling Scientology’s help with the loss of their son Jett in 2009. Us Weekly had been hammering Scientology over the last couple of years.

    Miscavige usually tries to find a way to distract attention away when he’s getting a lot of negative press, and Leah Remini’s focus on his missing wife, highlighted in an episode of Scientology and the Aftermath that aired on December 18, and an upcoming episode about Danny Masterson, scheduled for February 18, has been especially damaging for the church leader.

    So keep your eyes peeled for Scientology celebrities speaking up about L. Ron Hubbard in the coming days. And let us know if you spot Faulk over the weekend keeping up his flogging of Scientology’s quack drugs front.

    More at https://tonyortega.org/2019/02/01/n...lk-plugs-scientology-front-group-on-fox-news/
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    'Shilling' for Scientology? SDSU Great Marshall Faulk Hit for Plugging 'Front Group' |

    By Ken Stone, Times of San Diego

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    Is former San Diego State football great Marshall Faulk promoting a Scientology front group?

    That’s the question raised by Tony Ortega, a critic of the L. Ron Hubbard-founded religion, after Faulk appeared on “Fox & Friends” Thursday and a sports talk radio and TV show.

    “NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk handed Scientology its most visible public boost in a long time yesterday by appearing on the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends” to plug the Church of Scientology’s front group Foundation for a Drug-Free World ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl game,” Ortega said Friday in a blog post.

    Ortega, a longtime journalist who has become one of the Los Angeles-based church’s fiercest foes, ran a transcript of Faulk’s chat with Brian Kilmeade.

    “Let’s talk about your partnership,” Kilmeade says. “You’re partnering with the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.”

    Faulk says “yes” and goes on to describe his goal as “just educating people. … If you’re an adult and want to indulge, understand what it is that you are doing when you’re indulging in something.”

    Scientology’s Twitter feed jumped on its latest celebrity spokesman, calling the Faulk segment as “THE SUPER BOWL CHAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT!”

    <snipped>

    On YouTube, commenters pounced.

    One called the Drug Free World Foundation a Scientology cult front group.

    “They give statistics about how many booklets they give out – so? How many booklets does the Red Cross give out? Health Department? That is a sad measure of success because that is all they have.”

    Hubbard’s book “Dianetics” is quoted: “Drugs essentially are poisons. The degree to which they are taken determines the effect.”

    Another commenter said: “Shame on Faulk for shilling for them. There is a reason the medical association called their methods ‘quackery.'”

    Ortega later told Times of San Diego: “My readers pointed out to me that Faulk was a longtime commenter on the NFL Network — in other words, had a nice, cushy job — until he was forced out over sexual harassment allegations last year.”

    The Underground Bunker blogger also said via email that Scientology loves to approach people when they’re in a vulnerable spot.

    “It’s really sad if Faulk got involved with Scientology as a way to find his path back from losing his job,” Ortega said.

    More at https://timesofsandiego.com/sports/...-marshall-faulk-hit-for-plugging-front-group/
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    It’s Super Sunday, and Scientology is snapping photos with athletes famed and not so famed

    By Rod Keller, The Underground Bunker, February 3, 2019

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    As reported on this site on Friday, NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk promoted the Scientology front group Foundation for a Drug Free World on the TV show Fox & Friends. No mention of Scientology was made. But Faulk is not the only sports figure to be approached by Scientology this week, as volunteers have been seeking celebrity endorsements in the events leading up to today’s Super Bowl in Atlanta.

    The events surrounding the game are a magnet for sports celebrities. This week Scientology set up shop at some of them and Scientologist Michael DeLeon took a photo at the Truth About Drugs booth with Eric Dickerson. He is one of the top ten running backs of all time having led the league in rushing four times, voted to the Pro Bowl six times, and holds the single season rushing title of 2,105 yards in 1984.

    <snipped>

    Also part of the campaign is the traditional Super Bowl ad for Scientology. We haven’t seen it yet, but the Inglewood ideal org is hosting a party where the ad will be shown to publics. Best guess is that they will promote the Scientology Network.

    More at https://tonyortega.org/2019/02/03/a...ter-police-chief-denies-favoring-scientology/
  35. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here's the ad that aired in some areas during this year's Super Bowl broadcast:

    "Curiosity" | Scientology Super Bowl Ad 2019 | Scientology



    Xenu’s ghost! This year’s Scientology Super Bowl ad looks a lot like the others

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, February 3, 2019

    Quote:

    Here it is, tonight’s Super Bowl ad from the Church of Scientology, “Curiosity,” which will be airing in certain local markets around the country tonight.

    This year’s ad reverts to form after last year’s ad, “Curious?”, was something of a departure.

    This year’s spot is the usual slick mix of images and narration having nothing to do with Scientology — L. Ron Hubbard himself said that the way to sell Scientology was to offer the public a “mystery sandwich,” something to get them curious enough to buy a book or take a class.

    Increasingly, it’s been harder for Scientology to convince people to do that, but Scientology leader David Miscavige still spends big money for annual promotions, culminating in tonight’s big game.

    Since 2013, the church has bought local ad spots during the Super Bowl to show its slick ads, and this year will be no different. As in past years, we expect people in certain markets will see the ad during the long pre-game show. During the game itself, it usually shows up right after halftime and as the third quarter is about to begin, but it could show up in other spots as well.

    It’s always fun to see the reactions when people unfamiliar with the idea of David Miscavige’s PR aspirations suddenly realize they’ve seen a Scientology ad on their television, and they take to Twitter to have the mother of all freakouts.

    It never fails. Each year, we see viewers go completely nuts over the idea that Scientology has paid to run a short pitch on their TV screens.

    You’d think they’d be used to it by now. Six years ago, for 2013’s Super Bowl, Scientology advertised during the game for the first time. Why then? Well, we agreed with Mike Rinder that it was probably a direct result of Debbie Cook asking, in court testimony in 2012, about the money that Scientologists were supposedly paying for publicity campaigns.

    Cook was a top former church official and the questions she raised in a famous New Year’s 2012 email led directly to a large exodus of people leaving the church — and no doubt made Miscavige sit up and take notice. She seemed to have a good point: Scientologists are under intense pressure to fork over huge amounts of money that they are told will be used to “disseminate” Scientology to the larger public. But what did they have to show for it? Where were the TV ads or other means of getting the word out? Only a few months after Cook made that complaint, Scientology aired its first ever Super Bowl ad.

    And fortunately for us, the result has been five years of hilariously earnest TV ads that result in endless mocking on social media each year.

    Again, for the press who makes this mistake every year, this is not a national ad spot that, this year, costs advertisers more than $5 million for a 30-second commercial. Scientology instead buys local advertising spots in select markets during the game. One expert told us they figure it costs the church about $1 million to do it that way, and Miscavige tends to target only markets where he has an “Ideal Org” opened. As usual, we’ll be watching Twitter to see where the ad shows.

    Continued at https://tonyortega.org/2019/02/03/x...gy-super-bowl-ad-looks-a-lot-like-the-others/
  36. The Wrong Guy Member

    Mark Bunker: Clearwater’s Officer (now Chief) Slaughter oversaw the Scientology detail

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, February 4, 2019

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    On Saturday, Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter posted a video responding to the criticism his department has received in the wake of two episodes of Leah Remini’s A&amp;E series Scientology and the Aftermath.

    In the video, Chief Slaughter said he didn’t appreciate his officers being criticized, and that his department is caught in the middle of a dispute between a controversial church and its critics.

    We responded yesterday, pointing out that people who have had to deal with Scientology in Clearwater tell us they don’t perceive the local police as a neutral party, and that it often seems to operate as Scientology’s private army.

    In fact, Clearwater police officers get extra pay by working for Scientology on their off-duty hours, but Chief Slaughter anticipated that criticism and said that only 3.4 percent of extra-duty pay comes from working for the church.

    We tried to reach the chief’s public information officer yesterday, hoping to see a full breakdown of those extra-duty assignments. Did that 3.4 percent only include the Church of Scientology, or did it also account for work paid for by the Flag Service Organization, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the Religious Technology Center, and all of the other entities that Scientology controls but that don’t actually have the name “Scientology” in them?

    The PIO, department spokesman Rob Shaw, hasn’t returned our call yet. But we hope he does because we have another question we’d like to ask, and it involves an 18-year-old video that was shot by Mark Bunker.

    In the summer of 2000, Bunker put together a really excellent short documentary for the Lisa McPherson Trust, which he was working for at the time. It contained interviews with retired Clearwater Police Lieutenant Ray Emmons and former Clearwater Mayor Gabe Cazares, as well as footage of Clearwater police officers clearly favoring Scientology and bullying people who had come to town to protest the church.

    But what caught our eye was something at the very end of the video. Bunker had obtained a list from the department showing how much Clearwater police officers had made that year up to the end of August in extra-duty pay working for the church.

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    This was a list of officers who had been paid to work during their off-duty hours for the Church of Scientology, and it was above and beyond what they took home from the city working for the department.

    As the names continued to scroll, we were a little surprised to see one name in particular.

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    We called Mark Bunker and asked him. Is the “Slaughter” in that list referring to Daniel Slaughter, who today is the chief of police? (Slaughter himself, in his video Saturday, said that he has been working on the force since 1992.)

    Bunker said that it was indeed the same Daniel Slaughter. And besides the fact that he was one of the top earners of Scientology money in the first eight months of 2000, there was another pretty interesting detail.

    “He was the officer in charge of that detail,” Mark told us. “He was the guy overseeing the officers who worked for the church.”

    You. Don’t. Say.

    Here again is the chief, speaking in his video on Saturday: “The mere suggestion that our officers exist to serve any religious organization, specifically Scientology, is patently false and an affront to our officers and the great community we serve.”

    We’d like to believe that is true, chief. We really would.

    We’re going to leave you with this short video we put together, drawing some contrast between Clearwater leaders, past and present.

    Continued at https://tonyortega.org/2019/02/04/m...ief-slaughter-oversaw-the-scientology-detail/

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