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Scientology slut-shames Mimi Faust after destroying her family because … it’s a church!

 
Continuing its unbroken record for doing exactly the wrong thing every time its reputation is in question, Scientology responded to this week’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath in characteristic fashion with an overheated slut-shaming of reality TV star Mimi Faust, and by calling Christi Gordon “disturbed.”

Faust was a small businesswoman who starred on VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta, and then capitalized on her notoriety from the show to trade on her celebrity. In 2014, a sex tape of her with a co-star from her show, Nikko London, was leaked, and later Faust admitted to leaking it herself.

All day yesterday, as we waited for Scientology’s attack of Leah Remini’s weekly guests to show up — it usually appears about an hour before the episode airs — we were mentally taking bets on whether Scientology could resist attacking a prominent African-American television celebrity and businesswoman by slut-shaming her over her sex tape.

Well, the temptation was just too great, apparently, and Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs got its rocks off with a still from the video, part of its attack on Faust at its “Leah Remini — Aftermath: After Money” smear site.

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And what does Mimi Faust’s sex life have to do with what she talked about last night on Leah Remini’s show?

Well, nothing, of course. Mimi talked about how her mother, Olaiya Odufunke, had joined the Sea Organization, and then had abandoned Mimi at the age of 13 when Mimi refused to join the Sea Org herself.

Despite leaving Mimi to her own devices at such a young age, Mimi repeatedly reconnected with her mother over the years, and also spent time with her when Olaiya was dying of pancreatic cancer in 2003. Sadly, Mimi was unable to spend time alone with her mother in the hospital, because a Scientology handler was with Olaiya at all times.

Scientology doesn’t really deny any of these allegations at its smear site, except to challenge the idea that Mimi was homeless in 1982 at only 13. Mimi had told us in 2012, as well as to Leah last night, that she spent several years couch-surfing in order to hide that she didn’t have a mother to go home to. Scientology now claims that there was a family that was willing to take her in — but that doesn’t really contradict what Mimi was saying.

Meanwhile, Scientology also blames your proprietor for somehow turning Mimi against the church when we first interviewed her in 2012. If we did, that was a pretty neat trick, because we didn’t actually interview Mimi Faust until after she had revealed on her VH1 show that she’d been abandoned by her Scientologist mother at 13.

And then, Scientology does something we’ve never seen before — it then smears someone using our reporting as evidence.

We had written a story about Olaiya Odufunke’s career in the church with the help of one of her coworkers, Kirsi Ojamo, who told us that there were times when Olaiya spoke approvingly of her children. Aha! Scientology said, this was proof that Mimi Faust had to be lying about having a mother who didn’t care about her.

Well, if you were paying attention last night, you learned that Mimi herself had repeatedly brought her mother back into her life, even after she had been turned away at 13.

Yes, the moral of the story that Mimi Faust told was that she and her mother did have love for each other, except that Scientology came between them and poisoned whatever chance they had at having a normal relationship.

Somehow, Scientology turns that into an agenda of “hate the parents” on the part of Faust, Remini, and A&E.

It attempts to do the same to Christi Gordon, saying that she was a thief who was counting on the series to be a “pot of gold” for her, and that her experience in Scientology was too many years ago to matter.

But once again, if you paid attention to what was actually presented in the show, Christi Gordon talked about being abandoned by a mother she loved, and that she helped her mom Judith later to get out of Scientology. And far from over, Christi’s story included the heartbreaking coda that her mother is now suffering from a break from “reality” as a mental patient.

Scientology isn’t blamed for her mother’s condition, but the show does make the case that Scientology bears a heavy burden for what it put these women through as children in the church.

These two women didn’t hate their mothers, as Scientology says on its smear website. They hated what Scientology turned their mothers into. And the 2.8 million people who tuned in last night or will stream the show over the next week will surely take that away and not Scientology’s weak jabs.

 
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Scientology still shrinking rapidly in Australia

The new census reports are out in Australia, and Scientology has another great showing. In 2011, the last time numbers were gathered, 2,160 Australians identified themselves as Scientologists. The totals for the 2016 census were just released, and this time 1,685 Australians in a country of just over 24 million said they were Scientologists — a 21-percent drop.

That’s right in line with the numbers we’ve been telling you about for years here at the Underground Bunker. A new defector, Peter Nyiri, who had access to enrollment documents at the Flag Land Base, said he agreed with Paul Burkhart, a 2013 defector who worked at the Hollywood Guaranty Building, a nerve center of Scientology’s upper echelons, who estimated that worldwide active membership is now down to “less than 20,000” around the world.

“Expansion” indeed. Thanks for that new data, friends Down Under!

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

Ah, the fulfilling life inside Scientology…

 

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,906 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 52 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,115 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 1,889 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,663 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,009 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,503 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,543 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,255 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 781 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,870 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,010 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,330 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,305 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 661 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 4,963 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,069 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,472 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,345 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 926 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,431 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,675 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,784 days.

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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on October 18, 2017 at 07:00

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The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2016 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2016), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

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

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield

 

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