Thursday, June 23, 2005

Free Katie

I don't usually go in for this kind of thing, but there are a lot of details in this Fox News (!) story that a certain prominent actress is the victim of a cult abduction. Missing days, firing of long time manager and agent, old best friends lost and replaced by new weirdo best friends, people too afraid to discuss the matter, auditioning of victims (" Scarlett Johansson, who ran for her life when presented with a fait accompli dinner at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood."!), replacement of old religion by new 'religion', it all adds up to one thing. Where are the deprogrammers when you need them? Of course, all this fits into the old habits of Hollywood to protect its most valuable assets from scurrilous rumors that might make them less plausible, and thus less salable, in 'leading man' romantic roles (shades of Rock Hudson!). What looks like a silly celebrity publicity stunt is probably much darker.