Three years ago, we pulled the mask off of OTVIIIisGrrr8!, the greatest of the Scientology satirizers. It turned out that “we in RTC” was actually Jeffrey Augustine, a longtime Scientology critic who has also operated under the nom de guerre of “J.Swift.”
Little did we know that since we pulled off his mask, OTVIII would be making the big time. Tonight, Jeffrey will be joining his wife Karen de la Carriere, former Sea Org worker Chris Shelton, and journalist Paulette Cooper on a special one-hour episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
We asked OTVIIIisGrrr8! how it feels to make it to A&E’s hit series, which continues with its fourth regular episode tomorrow night.
“We in RTC are disappointed that Leah’s goons didn’t let us near the set,” OTVIII told us. “So you’ll just have to put up with yet another dumping of entheta spread by the unholy trinity of Psychiatry, Big Pharma, and the CIA.”
Clearly, OTVIII deserves his own show. We’d watch it.
Anyway, part of tonight’s episode is apparently taken up with answering questions from Reddit. But we’re really looking forward to the interviews with our illustrious four.
We thought we’d provide some links to additional things you can read about tonight’s participants.
Paulette Cooper: If you haven’t already, you must look through the photographs that we put together that we would have put into our book about Paulette if we had been able to. And if you haven’t read the book already, the photos give you some idea of just how much territory we cover in it. Give them a look! And of Paulette’s many appearances, we liked this one on LipTV with Allison Hope Weiner and your proprietor.
Chris Shelton: We were happy to break the news of Chris’s book, Scientology from A to Xenu last year on Christmas Day — what a treat that was for everyone. You’re probably familiar with Chris’s many videos explaining Scientology, but one of the things we’re most grateful to him for was his help decoding a bizarre secretly-recorded audiotape that captured a Scientology briefing by a high-level church executive. Go here for the first in the series. We’re really indebted to Chris for turning that stuff into English.
Karen de la Carriere: We’ve had some big moments with Karen. None bigger than when she had us break the news of her son Alexander’s death in 2012. She has also been blamed repeatedly by Scientology over things she’s had nothing to do with — a TV series that has yet to air, for example, and a bizarre infiltration effort.
Jeffrey Augustine: Jeff has contributed some killer pieces for us over the years, as well as his great podcasts. We’re indebted to him for supplying us some key documents about the value of Scientology corporations, and he’s also helped explain why it’s so hard to get your money back from Scientology, how L. Ron Hubbard is the true source for some of Scientology’s most nefarious legal traps, and decoding some of David Miscavige’s smear tactics.
Please join us in the comments section tonight at 10 pm Eastern as Leah’s special hour airs. We didn’t get a chance to see this one early, so we’ll be watching it for the first time along with you!
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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…
BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts
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Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
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