Say what you will about British tabloid The Sun, their Scientology apology/retraction shows they know how to troll with the best of them.
In a week rife with UFO sightings, one story sort of slipped under the radar. In East Grinstead, a couple of flat silver discs” were reportedly spotted flying above the Church of Scientology’s HQ.
Of course, there were no blurry photos or grainy videos. Just ambiguous third-hand accounts and a report from the Airprox Board that I honestly can’t make heads or tails of. The story was circulated mostly by UFO blogs, but barely scratched the mainstream media.
Could this be because this particular UFO sighting was made up? That’s sort of the position I took when I wrote about the story this morning. Heavy on the satire, I mostly parroted UFO blogs in jest, not really giving much credence to the story but hey, it’s a slow news day and we all have quotas.
So I was more than thrilled when The Sunissued Scientology an apology, giving me something I could actually write about. I can’t say for sure whether or not The Sun originated the story, what they said, or even if the sightings were legitimate.
All I can tell you is that the Scientological Powers-That-Be sent The Sun a nasty-gram which caused the sometimes-controversial tabloid to issue an apology … to aliens.
“IN an article on Saturday headlined ‘Flying saucers over British Scientology HQ’, we stated “two flat silver discs” were seen “above the Church of Scientology HQ”.
“Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologise to any alien lifeforms for linking them to Scientologists.”
Now that is expert level trolling.
What do you think of The Sun‘s Scientology apology?
[Image via: Scientology Media, and note - The image above is of the Church of Scientology Cambridge, Ontariom, Canada. I thought it was pretty.]