I ran across this article that put the whole Tom Cruise bio in the right perspective.Thank god there’s a journalist with the courage to see what’s going on and come out and say it.
Mugged in print by bigots in righteous masks
January 31, 2008
It is a good idea to be suspicious any time the media pack decides to gang up on someone – as they have done with Tom Cruise. Sure, he belongs to a religion, Scientology, that seems pretty kooky on face value, but that is his right, as in any country that is supposed to respect freedom of religion.
He has done nothing to deserve the ridicule and character assassination which has reached a climax with the publication this month in America of Andrew Morton’s unauthorised biography.
The premise of Morton’s book is that Cruise is a dangerous nutter in the grips of a psychotic cult, and old videos posted on the internet gossip site Gawker.com of Cruise addressing a Scientology convention and inarticulately trying to convey his passion for the religion in a TV interview seem to have sealed the impression.
While Scientology certainly appears eccentric, with its talk of extra-terrestrials and “thetans”, so, too, does most New Age claptrap. Many traditional religions have oddball elements, strictly speaking, and among the most bigoted and dogmatic people around are atheists.
But if Scientology makes Cruise happy, and he doesn’t mind donating large chunks of his fortune to the church, so what? From what we have seen of Cruise, and the account Morton gives of his life, there is much to admire about him. >>
She goes on later to state:
Morton also describes a series of events in which Cruise has played good samaritan – in 1996 he stopped to help a hit-and-run victim in California and paid her hospital bills; he rescued two children being crushed in the crowd at a Mission: Impossible movie premiere in London, he sent the tender from his yacht to help five people who had abandoned a sinking boat and he “consoled a sobbing housewife” who had just been mugged near his house. While in New Zealand he stopped on a road to change the flat tire of a stranded couple.
What can we make from that? That he’s a nice guy, who doesn’t think he is above helping people he sees in distress. Why make it weird? Morton tries to weave these good deeds into his book as an example of Cruise’s Scientology induced monomania. But if that’s what his religion makes him do, there should be more of it.
She really hit the nail on the head here.
There have been times I’ve walked by someone who needed help. I’m not proud of that. I admire Tom Cruise so much for not being “above” helping people. And I know it’s not a status thing with him–it’s just that he does care about people. It is so obvious in the way he treats his fans. He spends hours signing autographs, and talking to people’s kids or folks on their cell phones. He’s just a genuinely nice person.
With so many celebrities who are bad examples, you have to ask yourself why there would be such a concerted effort to try to make Tom Cruise look odd because he is enthusiastic about his family, his religion and helping people. Do we really want to live in a society where you’re considered a nut because you care enough to express your views and help people? I sure as hell hope not.