This is going to be a big week of Scientology reporting here at the Voice. (Wish we could tell you more, but, well, you’ll just have to keep an eye open…)
But to start things off, we have this hilarious pile of fluff that was dug up and posted to YouTube this weekend. Make sure you watch it quick, before David Miscavige’s minions have it yanked down.
Speaking of diminutive Dave, he can be seen right at the front of this “We are the World”-type singalong that was put together in 1990. We can’t see how many phone books he’s standing on, but all around him are some famous names from Scientology’s past and present:
At the 2:40 mark, you’ll see everyone together warbling their guts out. Our tipster provided the following playbook:
Blonde with brown top and black jacket is Shelley Miscavige — who is now missing. To her right — Ray Mithoff, Former Inspector General for Tech RTC, reported to be in The Hole. To his right — Mark Yager, Former Inspector General for Admin RTC, reported to be in The Hole. To his right — Mark Ingber — Former Commanding Officer of CMO = Commodore Messengers Org, reported to be in the Hole. To Ingber’s right and behind him, Mike Rinder Former Commanding Officer of OSA, currently blown and speaking out against the cult. Front and Center — David Miscavige [the little dude] wearing weird Hermes/goatse shirt. To DM’s right and behind him — Heber Jentzsch, Former President of the C of S, now reportedly in the The Hole. To DM’s right — Greg Wilhere — Inspector General, reportedly still working for DM. To Greg Wilhere’s right– Marty Rathbun, Former Inspector General for Ethics RTC, now out and speaking out against the cult as well as running the “Independent” Scientologists. To Marty’s right — Guillaume Lesevre Executive Director Int. reportedly in the The Hole.
So many friends of Miscavige, now either defected and speaking out against him or disappeared to Scientology’s “RPF,” the prison “hole” that has swallowed up so many of his top loyal friends. Tsk Tsk.
Well, at least 21 years ago, the future seemed so bright!
From our comments, this account of the video from former Miscavige assistant, Mark Fisher:
I remember that it was done for one of the events and I think it was IAS anniversary event that was going to be in October. It may have been for an earlier event. It was done to show all the “Wins” and “successes for the year and the song was sung by a Scientologist singer named David Pomeranz. Charles Lake is the Gymnast and had just been on the Olympic team that summer that is why I think it was for the IAS event in October. I remember that the idea was to have all of International Management sing the chorus ala We are the World and DM thought the Scientology public would get a big kick out of it. All of the RTC Inspector Generals were in the front with DM and his wife Shelly and the Executive Director International Guillaume Leserve was there too. Then behind was the rest of RTC and the Watchdog Committee. I recognize many faces in the crowd. We recorded it in the Music Studio at the Gold Base and we are all looking at Peter Schless who is conducting the singing. Schless was a Gold Musician and his prior claim to fame was co writing the Jefferey Osbourne hit song “On the Wings of Love” from the 1980s. Me personally, I had just been put back working for David Miscavige again after a stint of manual labor for disagreeing with my wife being sent to the RPF. I however shortly after this video blew the base for good after 2 attempts. Almost 21 years ago.
Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he’s been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard’s organization:
The Larry Wollersheim Saga — Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story — How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection — A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum — The ‘Crash’ Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape — ‘Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle’
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation — Scientology’s former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross — Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked — Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back — Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack — The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated — The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation — Investigating a reporter’s divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation — An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology’s past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh — A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman’s Inside Scientology — A masterful telling of Scientology’s history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? — Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige