Actress Juliette Lewis told the Daily Beast the reason she believes the mainstream media hates Scientologyand defended its most ardent supporter, Tom Cruise, whom she claims has been victimized by the press. Lewis said:
I’ll get all conspiratorial on you, and I’m just going to throw this out: The mainstream media is funded by pharmaceutical companies, so when you have the biggest movie star in the world at the time–Tom Cruise–coming out against anti-depressants and Ritalin and just saying, “Hey, why don’t you put a warning label on there?” The thing about Scientology is it is anti-drug in that you’re seeking relationship or communication tools–simple basics on how to live better. So, when Tom came out about that, I’ve never seen someone get torn down so hard, and they still brutalize him with Scientology pieces to this day. It’s a religious philosophy and self-help movement. And you’ll never see a truthful word written about it in mainstream media.
The August: Osage County actress has been vocal about the “completely progressive” religion in the past, once telling Vanity Fair that Scientology is misunderstood because one can still celebrate Christmas.
“I’m a Christian! I think there’s so much confusion, because people don’t understand a religion where you can be another religion but you can still practice Scientology,” she explained. “You could be a Jewish Scientologist or a Buddhist Scientologist or a Christian Scientologist or anything else.”
The highly controversial religion is often referred to as a “cult” by critics who claim that its members are brainwashed and prone to psychological abuse.
Kirstie Alley and John Travolta are other notable celebrities who study the religion.
“To tell you the honest-to-God truth: without Scientology, I would be dead,” Alley once said to Scientology critics.