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Scientology: Another Tom Cruise Marriage Fail

Originally posted at Breitbart’s BIG Hollywood

It wasn’t hard to predict that Tom Cruise’s third marriage to Katie Holmes wouldn’t last.  For years now, the young actress has looked like a depressed, disheveled adolescent being dragged around by a man who acts like he’s got it all together and has the smile to prove it.  When Tom finds, courts, and then marries his prey, at first it’s all lovey-dovey couch jumping, romantic red-carpet kisses and then, slowly but surely, something changes.

After a few years of observable misery on the face of Tom’s wife, a surprise divorce follows and eventually we come to find out that the root of another failed Tom Cruise marriage is the actor’s controlling nature and his commitment to “a study of truth” called Scientology.

Tom Cruise’s first wife Mimi Rogers introduced him to dianetics.  Tom’s second and third wives, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes, were both raised Roman Catholic, but at the start of their love affair with Tom both women agreed to dabble in Scientology.

Apparently Nicole and Katie didn’t understand the practices and teachings of the pseudo-religion that “audits” the minds of its believers.  Moreover, Cruise is so charismatic and successful that at first the women are so smitten that agreeing with Tom that “humans are descended from an exiled race of aliens called Thetans” is a small price to pay for being married to “Jerry Maguire.”

Kidman and Holmes both started out as vibrant starlets; then they married Tom Cruise, fell off the map for awhile and were separated from family, friends, and career. In no time both women reemerged as fully-disconnected “robots.”

This is what a Tom Cruise ‘Scientology’ wife looks like:  She’s always taller than Tom so that his arm fits perfectly around her waist without him having to reach down when he steers her around.  Tom’s wives always have perfect, ramrod-straight posture; they put their shoulders back and hold their heads high.  Whenever Tom is with whichever wife, they smile halfheartedly, sporting a serious glazed-over expression while staring off into the distance. Toothy Tom is always smiling so hard his face looks like it may crack.  At some point, the women in Tom’s life, with pained eyes, look like they’re trying desperately to convey the message: “Someone, anyone, please save me.”

It’s hard enough to break free from a sect when you’ve made a decision to dedicate yourself to its ideology, let alone agree to something you didn’t fully understand in order to marry a movie star. That seems to be what happened with both Nicole and now Katie – apparently they were cool with Scientology as long as it just involved keeping Tommy content.

Things changed when Cruise shared his plans to indoctrinate the children into a cult whose set of guidelines include the belief that “[a]n extraterrestrial being named Xenu manipulated and eventually enslaved humans from numerous planets. Spirits and false memories are said to inhabit all humans on planet Earth and can be exorcised.”

Tom is so dedicated a believer that before he adopted Isabella and Conner he pressured their biological mothers to deliver them according to a Scientology birth ritual. As they grew, then- Mrs. Cruise Nicole Kidman tried protecting the kids, who were 8 and 6 at the time, from Scientology practices such as being “interrogated while hooked up to a lie detector.”

Rumor had it that Nicole Kidman did manage to put some distance between her husband and Scientology for a while, but it didn’t last long. When Kidman announced she was raising the children Catholic, Tom would have no part of it. So, after 10 years of marriage, Tom Cruise filed for divorce.

The superstar’s control over Bella and Connor was so powerful they both remained with Cruise and chose Scientology over their mother.  In a 2010 interview, when asked about Scientology’s effect on her children, Kidman said “Yes, they’re being raised as Scientologists. I don’t want to go there.”

Nicole’s ordeal obviously mirrors what is now going on with Tom Cruise’s third wife Katie Holmes. Learning from Kidman’s tragic losses, Katie must be well aware that it will take drastic measures to remove her daughter from the grip of Scientology and the influence of one fanatical control freak named Tom Cruise.

Over the past five years, Katie Holmes has witnessed the effect the “religion” has had on her two stepchildren, and with Suri already being schooled at a Scientology centre, the actress must feel it is urgent that she rescue her daughter from a religion that believes it’s “here to rescue you.”

Katie is so serious about protecting her little girl that she’s fighting for primary custody of Suri who, at six-years-old marches to the beat of her own drummer and wears kitten heels and lipstick.

So, as probably the most famous “operating Thetan level VII” Scientologist of all time progresses through auditing “levels,” convinced he is god-like in his ability to “consciously control matter, energy, space, time, thought and life,” in the end he couldn’t control two Hollywood mama grizzlies determined to protect their children. Tom Cruise may be immersed in a supposedly neuroscience-based belief system that promises its adherents success, but as it turns out he’s an abysmal failure in all the things that matter.

As for rebellious “thought units” Nicole and Katie, well, the desire to liberate their children was obviously stronger than the desire to be married to Mr. Mission Impossible. Roused from a fevered ‘Tom Cruise’ love-stupor the two former Mrs. Cruises rallied, realized the hot water they had gotten themselves and their children into, and made a run for it.

And so, while Tom Cruise continues to believe he’s on what Scientologists call the “Bridge to Total Freedom,” the real truth is that unless he finds and successfully converts another naïve star-struck victim, Tom will likely spend many more years crossing that bridge alone.

Gwyneth the Goop Girl

Originally posted at BIG Hollywood

College drop-out know-it-all, do-it-all Gwyneth Paltrow is the epitome of a spoiled Hollywood liberal brat who was raised in privilege, never told no, and made to believe her every thought was brilliant. The Paltrows must have been the type of parents who handed out trophies to the losing soccer team, because daughter Gwyneth is a hopeless victim of undeserved “Good job-ism” gone wild.

An average kid with moderate talent, since her late teens, between acting, mothering, cooking, and singing, Gwyneth Paltrow has subjected America to incessant rounds of painful “No wait…let me start again,” off-tempo renditions of Für Elise followed by impromptu tap-dancing exhibitions by a grown woman who might as well be dressed in a tight pink tutu.

Gwynie (I like to call her Gwynie) is an attractive woman with the superior gift of imitating British accents.  Ms. Paltrow started her career in Hollywood when her mother, actress Blythe Danner, and her father, the late director Bruce Paltrow, together with family friend Steven Spielberg brokered a deal and got her a starring gig in the movies at 19 years of age.

An unabashed recipient of Hollywood nepotism, after winning an Academy Award for Shakespeare in Love Gwyneth was crowned the “Muse” of Miramax studios by film producer Harvey Weinstein.  Since that day, Gwyneth has been nothing short of unbearable.

Raised in Massachusetts, Gwynie moved back to Los Angeles where her career and love life with Brad Pitt took off. Paltrow traveled the world, and now speaks British-style English, French, Spanish, and a little Italian. Gwen even married a temperamental British rock star – Chris Martin of Coldplay – who she’d never have met without the benefit of a VIP backstage pass.

After adopting London as her new home, Ms. Gwyneth, in classic Madonna I’m Evita-I’m British-I’m a single mom to a couple of African kids- mode, dissed America, set up house, and practiced her fake English accent while taking children Apple and Moses to buy groceries in trendy London food shops.

Over the years the only thing more irritating than Paltrow feigning a British accent in the movie Sliding Doors was seeing her accepted as a gourmet cook. Gwyneth Paltrow even traveled with Mario Batali through Spain and lunched with Ina Garten, the “I’m cooking a fabulous dinner for Hamptons friend Gwyneth” Barefoot Contessa.

After soaking fava beans became too much of a chore, Ms. Paltrow re-focused and said “I could do that. I bet I could do that,” and decided to resuscitate her former career as a Duet singer, but not just a singer, a country singer, which right there was weird enough for a woman who spent so much of her life practicing speaking with a British accent. Nevertheless, two weeks into her revitalized singing career golden child Gwyneth was starring in the movie Country Strong.

Soon after, Paltrow showed up on the 2011 Grammy Awards singing “Forget You” with the Muppets and Cee Lo Green and vamping around in a precociously overconfident number on Glee.  Mrs. Coldplay’s routine was rivaled only by Katie Holmes embarrassing herself while torturing the nation on So You Think You can Dance.

The desire to share her varied gifts must have motivated Paltrow to go beyond her expertise in thespianism, Epicureanism, and crooning, because in addition to mastering all three, Paltrow created Goop.com, a place where a Renaissance woman could branch out, blog, and author an informative newsletter.

At Goop.com, the artiste/chef/chanteuse tells readers: “Make, Go, Get, Do, Be and See.”  The only way to describe the venture is that Goop is authored by an overindulged, self-impressed, spoiled rich kid sharing navel-gazing insights into experiences, locations, products, and ideas few people will ever encounter, let alone be able to afford.  Can anyone say “Clueless?”

Paltrow’s Oprah-style New Age views are a cacophony of beliefs similar to the Cheese Board area of Goop’s “Make” section. While Gwyneth’s channeling of Tammy Wynette, making Duck Ragu, recommending skin products from a French pharmacy, and explaining the Year of the Tiger is irritating, it is still all relatively harmless. However, her views on religion, philosophy and sexuality step out of the Christian Louboutin realm and into the downright unappreciated.

Case in point: Gwyneth recently introduced her seven year-old daughter Apple, whose name was chosen because it was “Biblical,” to the idea of lesbianism. Mom assured the tyke that her classmate, who had two Mommies, was “lucky,” after which she implied on Goop that she didn’t know the answer to the question: “What does it actually say in the bible that will cause some people to be upset by my line of thinking?”  You mean besides confusing a first grader?

I don’t buy the feigned perplexed confusion, because based on Gwyneth Paltrow’s history the query was more of a challenge than a question.  It’s likely that Paltrow has already resolved the issue and feels totally confident that, even if the Bible and God Himself doesn’t support her “line of thinking,” hers is still the right answer, because in Gwyneth Paltrow’s superior world her answer is correct simply because it’s hers.

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