Satire and Scientology – Do’s and Don’ts

satireSatire has been probably been us since we became human – satires were among the first plays,  and popular with ancient Greek theatre-goers.

It’s hardly surprising that Scientology has attracted satirical comment. The mass protests by Anonymous were so effective because they mocked Scientology in an entertaining way – and made serious points while they were about it.

The fact that the Church of Scientology’s reaction was uniformly hostile and humourless made this approach all the more effective. It would probably have been better for the Scientologists to appear to take the mockery in good part but, of course, they did not have that option. L Ron Hubbard directed that, when dealing with critics “Don’t ever defend. Always attack” and his word is scripture.

An inability to laugh at yourself shows great insecurity. It was not always like this – in the early days believers sent themselves up in a periodical called “The Aberee” – subtitled, “The Non-serious Voice of Scientology”. However, as Scientology became more controlling and repressive, humour was one of the first things to go.

Scientology is  satirised in popular media too – and some attempts are better than others. After the break are two short videos. One represents an example of  good, effective satire. The other is lazy and counter-productive (jumping on a popular bandwagon?).

It shows that satire is more than mockery – and that you should be careful to get your facts right. Continue reading

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