The recent HBO documentary titled Going Clear brought plenty of unflattering attention to Scientology, as reported by the Inquisitr, with shocking testimonies from former Scientologists who claim that the cult endangered the lives of its members and even abused children, with celebrities such as John Travolta and Tom Cruise allegedly having knowledge of the abuses. As such, Saturday Night Live recently took on the controversial religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard to take the opportunity to mock its members in a music video parody.
Titled “Neurotology Music Video – SNL” by Saturday Night Live, the video uploaded approximately six hours ago on YouTube, which was around 5 a.m. ET on April 5, Easter Sunday, has swelled to 4,302 views or more in that short time. As the music video opens, the SNL title cards explain the basis of the fake “Church of Neurotology” music video.
“In 1990, the Church of Neurotology made the following music video. It has been updated based on new information about the church.”
Instead of the Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health book by Hubbard as the basis of their belief system, the Neurotology adherents use Diametrics and the “Diametrics Foundation” as the basis of their theology as the wavy-haired woman in the SNL video holds the book whilst welcoming lost seekers and shaking their hands with a huge smile.
“Followers of Neurotology star in a music video that sings the religion’s praises in this Scientology parody.”
According to SNL, Neurotology has the same wacky tenets of Scientology, intertwining science and religion — with space being the answer to all the questions in a person’s mind. Also, that person must sign a billion-year contract, a wild belief that all makes sense to the folks signing those questionable contracts.
The humorous video features folks singing about how they’ll always believe in Neurotology, but updated text shows how those same people have left the religion in ensuing years, with some of the adherents listed as “missing” in the video text.
HBO’s Scientology exposé, as reported by Vanity Fair, featured some pretty scary mind games, such as a party game that featured folks fighting over getting a chair in order to not get kicked out of the religion, when in the end the musical game of chairs was all a fake game.
Former high-level members such as Mike Rinder have given their reaction to the SNL parody, which includes more subtle digs than the general Saturday Night Live watcher may realize.
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