Scientology just can’t catch a break this year. Or last year, I guess.
The latest rond of collective eyebrow raising and noggin scratching started last year with Paul Haggis’ gigantic New Yorker article about leaving the church, and steadily trickled from highbrow to lowbrow territory with Katie Holmes’ recent exit from her
arrangement marriage with Tom Cruise.
We were all left to speculate about Scientology’s role in the couple’s split, with one particularly popular tabloid theory being that Suri was about to be shoved into an indoctrination camp from which there would be no returning.
But now another member of the Scientology family—literally—is dishing out some decidedly more overt, less shadowy criticism.
Jamie DeWolf, great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard, told CBS the church’s founder was a “portly red-headed charismatic lying con-man pseudoscience self-help author.”
Take out the self-help author, and DeWolf basically just called him a leprechaun.
Which is appropriate, considering leprechauns have as much bearing on reality as the dead space-souls called Thetans that Scientology has us all so worried about.
Then again, Scientology isn’t the religion with people actually coming back from the dead.
DeWolf is the grandson of Hubbard’s son Ron DeWolf, who changed his name after he had a falling out with his father and split from the church.
Despite his animosity toward Scientology and confessing that he feels he’s putting himself in danger by talking to news outlets, DeWolf seems to have sympathy for the TomKat scandal. “Tom Cruise is another victim of the mirage that my great grandfather created around himself,” he said.
On a totally unrelated note, DeWolf has a performance troupe with the most incredible name of all time: Tourettes Without Regrets. Watch the interview below.