suggested I post this. It’s part of a conversation we’ve been having called “And I Hate Tom Cruise.” Which, these days, can really be appended to about anything. As in: “Yes, with extra cheese. And I hate Tom Cruise.”
My theory on Tom Cruise goes like this: He didn’t go crazy and he didn’t start out crazy. I think he, like some other recent stars (Britney Spears comes to mind) is the victim of being much less intelligent than the people around him. What’s disturbing about the whole thing — the Crazy Tom for President of Scientology bit — is that I believe that Tom Cruise isn’t that intelligent. He’s not smart enough not to believe in what he’s saying. Much of his spoken press reveals him to be a man of average or even less-than-average intelligence. He’s probably very charismatic, and he’s conventionally physically attractive (except for being 5’3″), and he seems to be able to memorize things well, so he’s made a very, very good career out of lucky breaks and an innate ability to follow orders. So I feel like somewhere along the way someone had to take him by the hand into Scientology, and they probably pitched it like the explanation for every time he wasn’t picked for the school spelling bee, and now he excels in it. He’s the smartest kid in the world, finally, and he gets his chance to tell everyone else something they didn’t already know.
So it’s all very sad, because it feels like someone is preying on the slow kid, here, and then using him to get their Agenda of The Crazy onto the Today show.
…And I Hate Tom Cruise.