Scientology’s been all over the news lately, what with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ divorce (which was allegedly catalyzed by Tom Cruise’s desire to place daughter Suri in the church’s Sea Org unit) and the upcoming release of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (which just looks like it’ll be one of the best movies of the year). In the light of all that fuss here’s a funny item; the Village Voice turned up a Scientology pamphlet from the 60s, titled “A Report to Members of Parliament on Scientology,” and inside there’s an interview with a seven-year-old boy, presumably to show that Scientology doesn’t brainwash little kids. But wait, that little boy is Neil Gaiman, son of Scientology PR man David Gaiman, and pretty popular science fiction writer (eventually, anyway)!
Gaiman keeps quiet about his past with Scientology–his father died in 2009 and he’s no longer a member of the church–but when he was a little kid you couldn’t get him to shut up about it, apparently. Seven-year-old Neil Gaiman gives a bunch of answers that make Scientology sound hopelessly confusing and odd (Interviewer: “Do you get what you call a release very often, or do you have this all the time?” Neil Gaiman: “Well, you only keep a release all the time when you get Clear. I’m six courses away from Clear.”), but he eventually gets around to some normal seven-year-old stuff, in this case his older friend who bullies him. Way to perpetuate stereotypes by growing up to be a successful nerd, Gaiman.