Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Germany bans Tom Cruise film location because...

...Cruise is a member of the cult "religion" known as Scientology. From al-Reuters:
Germany has barred the makers of a movie about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler from filming at German military sites because its star Tom Cruise is a Scientologist, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.

Cruise, also one of the film's producers, is a member of the Church of Scientology which the German government does not recognize as a church. Berlin says it masquerades as a religion to make money, a charge Scientology leaders reject.

The U.S. actor has been cast as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, leader of the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the Nazi dictator in July 1944 with a bomb hidden in a briefcase.

Defense Ministry spokesman Harald Kammerbauer said the film makers "will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult".

With all due respect to anyone here who may be Scientologists, I have no respect for your "religion" at all and I think that Tom Cruise is a crazy couch-jumping weirdo. However, I don't think I'm being out of line by saying that Germany's decision to ban the filming of Cruise's film is stupid as heck and typical of warped Euro thinking.

I mean, if Cruise were an atheist, Buddhist, Muslim, Pagan, Rastafarian, or even Christian, would Germany care? Would Germany care if Cruise were an actual real-life Nazi? Probably not. But because he belongs to a "religion" that they don't like, then it becomes a problem for him to film a movie in their country? A movie that, in all probability, doesn't even reference Scientology? That's just messed up!

Those Euros are an odd bunch, aren't they?

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