A star of “That ’70s Show,” Danny Masterson is a proud Scientologist who doesn’t take kindly to anyone criticizing his religion. He sat down for an interview with Paper magazine to discuss Scientology at the Sundance Film Festival in January, around the time the controversial documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” was going to make its debut.
No matter what is claimed about Scientology, Masterson said he’s just “a spiritual being who likes to understand why things happen in the world. ... So if that’s weird, then, well, you can go f--- yourself.”
Masterson didn’t have much nicer things to say about the documentary. “I heard about that documentary, the documentary where they interviewed eight people who hate Scientology. Should be pretty interesting,” he said.
As far as the film’s depiction of Scientology, the actor who played Steven Hyde on “That ’70s Show” said, “Anyone can say anything about anything.” But then he added: “We could all interview the KKK about what’s cool about being white, but we don’t. I don’t know; it just seems retarded to me.”
L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction and fantasy writer, founded the Church of Scientology in 1952. When Masterson was asked about his “personal relationship” with Hubbard, he said: “He’s a f---ing guy who wrote awesome shit that I love studying. That’s who he is. He was a very famous author.”
Things appeared to go a little awry when Paper magazine asked about the relationship between Scientology and psychiatry. “You will not find a Scientologist who does not f---ing hate psychiatrists. Because their solution for mental and spiritual problems is drugs,” he said. “Scientology handles those things, those mental problems that people have. It gets rid of them. It gets rid of them by that person doing it for themselves. That’s the solution to depression, not f---in’ Prozac and whatever other pill that makes the kid then walk into a goddamn school and kill other kids.”
Although it is not widely practiced elsewhere in the world, Scientology is a popular religion in Hollywood. Kirstie Alley, Tom Cruise, Laura Prepon and John Travolta are just some of the celebrities who participate in the Church of Scientology.
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