Barbara Walters has been slammed by Scientology leader’s niece Jenna Miscavige Hill after she defended the controversial church’s education system on The View on Tuesday.
The veteran journalist and fellow anchors were discussing those Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith’s dumb tweets – where he urged his fans to drop out of school – when the subject changed to the controversial church’s education system.
‘I’m not going to speak about Scientology in general, but Scientology has a pretty good educational program’, Walters had said. ‘They’re not telling people to drop out.’
‘I have been to some of the Scientology schools and some of their education programs are very good,’ Walters had continued. ‘The last thing I want to do is to argue about Scientology.’
But Jenna – who left the church in 2005 and wrote a tell-all book titled Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology And My Harrowing Escape – wasn’t happy with Walters’ comments, and showed her displeasure by releasing a lengthy statement to Scientology watchdog The Underground Bunker:
‘With all due respect, saying that Scientology has a very good education system is an incredibly ignorant and irresponsible thing to say on your platform and for that reason I feel that I have to say something about it.
Without getting into the details of my childhood and the dangers of Scientology’s education system I will say this. The leader of Scientology, Tom Cruise’s best man, my uncle David Miscavige, is a high school dropout. What does that say about the value Scientology puts on education? Is this not what Jaden Smith is advocating?
As Sherri Shepherd rightly pointed out, I myself was born into Scientology. And instead of being properly educated, I was indoctrinated into Scientology and made to do heavy labor daily from the age of six years old. I have no high school education, and college was never even a vague possibility for me until I escaped.
Scientology values its “educational system” because of its ability to recruit new members into its ranks. I’m guessing it worked for Jaden Smith.
I don’t know what propaganda you have seen or what your celebrity advocate friends have told you, but it’s time to look a little deeper. If you don’t want to know the truth (which I gather is the case from you saying you “don’t want to talk about Scientology”) then please refrain from praising a system you clearly know nothing about.
Although Scientology’s educational system is one of its most disconcerting aspects because it involves children, it is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Scientology’s deception and abuse.’
One more interesting thing: Back in February, Jenna had appeared in The View and said that Scientology education system involves doing hard labor, and they had to build their own ‘huts’ where they lived in. That was where Barbara made the I-don’t-want-to-argue-about-Scientology comment.
Again, she was suspiciously absent during that Jenna interview.
And a week ago, Walters communicated with Tom Cruise on Twitter: