HBO’s recent Sunday airing of the documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief” has sparked an interest in the church L. Ron Hubbard created and incorporated in 1953.
According to TV By the Numbers, over 1.6 million viewers tuned in to HBO on Sunday to get a history lesson, and often first-hand accounts of what has gone on inside the church for over a half-century.
Online news gathering sites as well as Facebook have since been buzzing with reactions to “Going Clear,” which did not paint a glowing account of L. Ron Hubbard, his religion, and his disciples.
Directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney, in interview after interview with former leaders and now ex-members of the church, “Going Clear” paints a disturbingly sordid picture of a Utopian philosophy and psychological experiment gone bad and corrupt with the primary focus of the religion eventually becoming materialistic and the accumulation of financial holdings.
Celebrities Tom Cruise and John Travolta, both of whom are known for their involvement in the Scientology movement, are featured in the film and are also cast in an unfavorable light for their involvement in the controversial church.