A “member” (we’re not supposed to call them that) of Anonymous Berlin has claimed a big victory over Scientologist celebrity Tom Cruise, who agreed, after first refusing, to sign his Guy Fawkes mask at a red-carpet event, seen in the video above.
Anonymous members (there’s that word again) often show up at Scientology protests wearing the masks, made famous in the movie V for Vendetta. And Tom Cruise is no dummy — as a high-level and committed Scientologist, he’s well aware of what the masks represent, a mass movement dedicated to exposing and protesting against his religion.
Which makes what he does in the video all the more charming.
At about the 19-second mark, the Anon asks that Cruise sign his mask, and Cruise appears to turn him down.
The mask is then taken away by a security guard, and the Anon pleads to get it back. It’s hard to tell, but apparently Cruise then asks for the mask to return it.
At that point, in the Anon’s words, he “lovebombed” Cruise to get him to sign it.
Cruise does him one better, drawing a peace symbol on the mask before signing it.
“Man, you’re cool. You’re really cool,” the Anon says.
You can say that again.
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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 Robert Cipriano Case — A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
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 Aaron Saxton Accusation — Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
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
Scientology’s Enemies List — Are You On It?
Inside Inside Scientology — An interview with author Janet Reitman
Scientology and the Nation of Islam — Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman!
Scientologists — How Many of Them Are There, Anyway?
Roger Weller’s Wild Ride — Scientology When it was Hip
The Marc Headley Infiltration — A Scientology Spying Operation Revealed
Placido Domingo Jr: Scientology’s Retaliation is “Scary and Pathetic”
An Interview with Nancy Many, Former Scientology Spy