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Are you Sci-Curious? Here’s Scientology’s 2018 Super Bowl ad

And here it is, tonight’s Super Bowl ad from the Church of Scientology, which will be airing in certain local markets around the country tonight.

Since 2013, the church has bought local ad spots during the big game to show its slick ads, and this year will be no different.

But we do see some obvious differences in tonight’s ad than the ones we’ve seen in the past.

The biggest difference is that Scientology is named right off the bat. In previous years, the ad tends to promote a “mystery sandwich” of ideas and saves for the last seconds to reveal that the message is coming from the Church of Scientology. But this time, we see Scientology ID’d right at the beginning as we’re presented with the idea of what happens if you search on the words “What is Scientology” in Google.


The second big difference is that for the first time, a Scientology Super Bowl ad has no voiceover. Except for a little chatter at the beginning — “It’s like, what do they do in there? Have you met a Scientologist? Yeah, like, what do they believe?” — You’re just supposed to absorb this year’s message from the visuals. So let us know what reaction you have to the 30-second spot…


A 1-minute version of the ad will likely show up at Scientology’s YouTube channel later, and we’ll add it.

We’ll also be looking for Twitter reactions when the ad airs during the game later. It’s always fun to see the stunned reactions from viewers when they realize they’re seeing a Scientology TV commercial.


And here are the ads for the previous Super Bowls…

2013’s ad, “Knowledge”…


2014’s ad, “Scientology Spiritual Technology”…


2015’s ad, “Age of Answers”…


2016’s ad, “Who Am I”…


2017’s ad, “Your Full Potential”…


UPDATE: And so it begins…



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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,015 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,618 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 161 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,224 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 1,998 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,772 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,118 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,612 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,652 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,364 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 890 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,979 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,119 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,439 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,414 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 770 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,072 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,178 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,581 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,453 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,035 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,540 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,784 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,893 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on February 4, 2018 at 14:50

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