The guy makes the coolest, most unique music and writes the hippest, most hilarious lyrics, but I gotta say I was deeply disappointed to hear that Beck is a Scientology cultist. I try to separate the artist from his or her personal life, but it’s sometimes in the back of my mind, either taking away or adding to my admiration. For example, U2 and Bono are cool cats both on and off the stage, from all I can gather. I love the movies, but when some of the stars that push this cult nonsense like Tom Cruise and John Travolta are in a flick, it does cross my mind and takes a bit away from the movie for me. Add to them, loopy Juliette Lewis and Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson. If The Simpsons haven’t spoofed Scientology, that’s probably why. Maybe some of this whackiness adds to these peoples’ creative ability. I don’t know. This theory may especially hold for Beck and his crazy lyrics. I mean, read just a couple of these gems from the Scientology manual:
Xenu, the ruler of the Galactic Confederacy who brought billions of frozen people to Earth 75 million years ago, stacked them around volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs.
Alien invasions of Earth, such as that carried out around 6235 BC by the Fifth Invader Force, who were “very strange insect-like creature(s) with unthinkably horrible hands.”
Scientology compares Heaven to “Busch Gardens in Pasadena.
Now I’m not making this stuff up. It isn’t from a cheap, pulp science fiction novel, it’s their “religion”. There’s loads more of that rambling gibberish to read online, if you can follow it.
By the way, I saw Tom Cruise’s whacky attack on the validity of the “pseudo-science” of Psychology a few weeks back. I’m going to anger some by saying that I don’t totally disagree with some of the things he said, but the pompous way he said them and the way he spoke down to Matt Lauer really irked me. A real ass hole. Good to see Nicole Kidman didn’t give in to his brainwashing and left him, but disturbing to see that he’s hooked up with cute, young Katie Holmes. I’ll be surprised if that lasts a full year.
Cruise’s interview tirade proves that Scientology has a “very strong opposition against 20th century psychology and psychiatry, which is seen as a major source of evil.” But get this – his group has their own methods for fixing mental illness: “During Scientology auditing sessions, the Scientologist is “regressed” through a series of past lives and key incidents which they may have experienced.” So, which is crazier? Drug therapy and counselling with a trained Psychologist or the Shirley McLaine past lives regression therapy undoubtedly administered by some cult dude trained off of a manual a fat, geeky, reclusive science fiction writer with bad teeth wrote?