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Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!

Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!

Scientology's aggressive network TV ad campaign continued last night with another 2-minute commercial that aired on Fox's American Idol right after the New York Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC championship and earn a spot in the Super Bowl.

Poughkeepsie's Michael Farrell was one of the first to react, and we've collected dozens of additional tweets that popped up within a few minutes of last night's ad. They're a hoot!

If Scientology was looking to provoke a reaction, they got it. But is this the one they wanted? What we saw were a lot of young people either laughing or mocking the ad...

Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Corey Smith's was one of the very few positive reactions to the ad we saw. But we're not sure his suggestion was the one Scientology was looking for...
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Whitney Swab was one of several who wondered what Scientology is all about. Hey, Whitney, try out our primer, "What is Scientology?"
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Melissa Bykofsky seems a bit confused about the nature of advertising, all of which, of course, is about belief systems...
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!
Scientology Network TV Ads: More Precious Reactions!

Well, you get the idea. It looks like the church is going to continue to spend big bucks to place its slick ad during prime advertising slots. The ad does its best to give the impression that Scientology is growing by leaps and bounds (4.4 million new people every year!), when it has been shown repeatedly that it invents numbers like that based on the amount of crappy junk mail it sends out to people. As we've shown previously, the actual number of active Scientologists around the world is probably no more than 40,000.

But then, judging by these tweets (we grabbed about half that showed up last night), even those folks not particularly familiar with Scientology seem to sense that the ad is pure propaganda.


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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