Separating Entertainment From the Entertainer
Unless you've been under a rock for a while, you know "War of the Worlds" is coming soon to a theater near you. I'm interested in seeing it, but recently I became hesitant because of the main actor, Tom Cruise. Lately...well, damn, I don't know if he's acting and talking like an idiot to get publicity or because he really is a moron, but either way I was wondering if I should not see the movie in a small, unnoticable protest of his involvement with Scientology. He's also completely misinformed on a lot of issues (which I'm glad the reporter for "Entertainment Weekly" called him on - go here for the details), but my real beef is his promotion of a religion that is pretty twisted . However, I realized that's not the right thing to do. I'm sure there's a lot of things I don't agree with if I talked to every actor from every movie I've seen, but does that take away anything from the movie itself? No. They're actors - they're supposed to act! So, hopefully Liz and I can find a sitter so we can be entertained by big, special effects.
 I'm sure I'll get sued for exercising my freedom of speech soon by those high up in the ranks of Scientology. Bring it on - I'd love to make money on a counter-suit :)
* Posted at 06.14.2005 01:29:04 PM CST | Link *