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Scientology targets Disney with anti-‘Aftermath’ rally, attendees number in the tens

Monday night, a group calling itself the “Los Angeles Faith Coalition” sent out notices that it was going to have an “emergency press conference” and protest to be held outside of Disney’s studios in Burbank on Tuesday afternoon.

According to its notice, the Coalition was going to hold a demonstration to convince Disney that its subsidiary the A&E television network should stop airing Leah Remini’s show, Scientology and the Aftermath, because airing the series was resulting in “hate crimes and fatalities in houses of worship across faiths.”

You will probably not be surprised to learn that if you check the Coalition’s website, it’s owned by the Church of Scientology’s Valley Ideal Org in North Hollywood.

So, Scientology’s fake “interfaith” group held its hastily-arranged protest yesterday, and we were fortunate that Jeffrey Augustine decided to drive down and give it a look.


“The crowd was underwhelming,” Jeffrey said, and he wasn’t kidding. Photos show that the number of attendees was in the low tens.

“It was billed as a press conference. But there were no reporters, and they took no questions. It was a staged event that tried to paint Scientology as a civil rights leader,” Jeff added. “One speaker complained that Disney CEO Bob Iger would not respond to Scientology. But Aftermath always extends an invitation to Scientology to appear on the show. It refuses.

“This was OSA’s attempt to bypass A&E and try to get to Iger directly,” he said, referring to Scientology’s spy wing, the Office of Special Affairs. “But the event did not draw one single Disney employee. It was held on the front lawn of the Redeemer Church which is directly across from Disney Studio’s main entrance.”

Jeffrey said that despite the small size of the event, he saw about 15 Burbank police officers on the scene. Apparently, Scientology was expecting some trouble.

At one point, one of the church executives came to speak to him.

“Janet Weiland came up and spoke to me. She wanted to know who I was and I told her. She said ‘Oh you’re that Jeff.’ Then she walked off.”

Jeffrey also saw Ed Parkin, but the Stand League leader avoided him.

“They sang ‘It’s a Small World After All,” and the pastor said, ‘What would Mickey do?’ And they finished by singing ‘We Shall Overcome.'”

A crew from Scientology Media Productions dutifully filmed the event, but Jeffrey says he didn’t see any other reporters.


Karen de la Carriere tells us that she recognized many of the people in the photos that Jeffrey brought back. “More than 50 percent of the people there were OSA employees. I recognize them all,” she tells us. “This was not a group of the general public. This was in-house Sea Org.”

An astroturf coalition, with a rigged crowd? Well, no wonder no one at Disney paid any attention to it.


Jeffrey managed to shoot some excellent photographs of the event…


[“No ma’am, we can’t arrest him for aggravated mocking, even in the third degree.”]


[Jeffrey thinks he recognizes this man from pickets circa 2008, the Anonymous era.]


[A local cleric shills for Scientology.]


[Ed Parkin gets jiggy with it.]

Here’s the 30-minute video that Jeffrey shot of the event…



Daily Beast talks to Danny Masterson accusers about Ashton Kutcher

Excellent piece this morning by the Daily Beast’s Amy Zimmerman following up on our story yesterday that Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher made their first appearance together since Masterson was written out of their Netflix series in December 2017. And at a Scientology wedding, to boot.

A couple of really interesting quotes at the end of the piece by two of Masterson’s accusers, who are unhappy that Kutcher, who has advocated for womens’ rights, hanging out with an accused rapist.


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Posted by Tony Ortega on January 30, 2019 at 07:00

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