Right there, in both the headline and body text at press time, former Scientologist Amy Scobee is quoted by E! Online as saying that actor Tom Cruise is “viewed as a complete god” within the religion’s ranks.
Not so fast, responds CoS fact-checker extraordinaire Tony Ortega. After blogging that this did not sound quite right, the Village Voice editor was later able to confirm with Scobee via telephone that her words were taken out of context:
Amy says she was explaining the 2004 moment to a reporter about how Miscavige was trying to give the impression that Cruise, with all of his dedication, was like a god. And she also pointed out that Tom, at his house was treated like royalty. But Amy was not saying that Scientologists actually think of him as some kind of deity.
In fact, as I reported earlier, Amy’s reaction was the opposite — she was actually offended that Miscavige was trying to give the impression that Cruise was some kind of savior to the movement. And she says her husband, Mat Pesch, had the same reaction: “When Mat and I saw that, we thought it was over the top and ridiculous. He’s an actor.”
In the comments for this particular “Runnin’ Scared” blog item, reader Ivy Mapother (no relation) feels it necessary to reverse-scold Scobee: ‘Amy needs to be corrected. Tom Cruise is not an actor, he’s a movie star.’
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