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Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology

Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology

A day after joining Twitter, actor Jason Lee didn't take kindly to a fan, Sean Coleman, griping about his being a member of the Church of Scientology. So Jason took a swipe at Coleman, who has all of 6 followers.

At his Twitter page, you can see that Jason had started out his brief tweeting career about his interest in photography.

This morning, director Kevin Smith then put out the word that Lee was on Twitter: "BRODIE-MAN! NOOTCHIE-NOOTCHIES! His name ain't Earl - it's @THATJasonLee! And now he's on Twitter! Give him a welcome, but no Stink-Palming!"

But then Coleman -- himself a brand new Twitter user -- directed a question to Smith, asking if he knew whether Lee is a Scientologist: "@ThatKevinSmith is Jason lee a scientologist do u ever talk to him about it he was my idol before I found out"

Within minutes, Lee posted a reply, a testament to the Google Alert he must have on his name, or something. (Hi, Jason!)

Anyway, Jason aimed his response to both Coleman and Smith, and it wasn't the most charitably worded: "Wow @djcolee @ThatKevinSmith way to publicly demonstrate your ignorance. I'm the same person I've always been, idiot. Know before you judge."

Which is to say, he was a jerk-off both before and after Dianetics? I'm confused.

UPDATE: Lee just sent a tweet my way pointing out that he was just copying Kevin Smith on that tweet, and didn't "direct" it at him (which I thought was already pretty obvious): "No @VoiceTonyO it was not meant to be directed at Kevin Smith, as well. As you said, I'm a 'newbie' here and still getting the hang of this"

Anyway, Lee then followed that up with this: "My comment to @djcolee is the last anything Scientology-related will ever come up. I won't defend it, nor do I need to. Read a book."

Touchy, touchy. What is it about these Scientologist celebrities that they find it so difficult to discuss freely the breakthrough ideas of L. Ron Hubbard?

Oh, that's right, we wrote earlier that Scientology's celebrities are drilled in training routines to talk publicly about the all the wonderful benefits they've received from Hubbard's books and lectures, but not to actually talk about Hubbard's "technology" itself.

And as for smack talk with fans on Twitter? Looks like they're going to have to add some social media training in that celebrity rundown in the future.


UPDATE: More from our Twitter conversation...

Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology
Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology
Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology
Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology
Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology

Marc Headley (@blownforgood) then jumped into the conversation...

Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology
Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology

Ouch, Jason lets me have it...

Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology

And I have to grovel, like a good journalist often has to...

Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology

What's this? This may all have a happy ending after all...

Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology
Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology


UPDATE ON FRIDAY, DEC 16: Well, so much for Jason Lee's foray into Twitter. Just checked his account, @ThatJasonLee, and it no longer seems to exist.

Was it something we said? Anyway, still looking forward to that sitdown in 2012.

A hat tip to the eagle-eyed folks at WWP, who captured Lee's last tweet:

Jason Lee, Twitter Newbie, Goes After Dude with 6 Followers For Asking About Scientology


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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