The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

18 April 2006

Janeane Garofalo, Scientology, Air America Radio

SUCKED IN?

Garofalo Caught Promoting Scientology




Has Air America Radio host Janeane Garofalo begun using her show to plug Scientology? According to one cult expert, that appears to be the case.

Will our favorite quasi-star soon join the ranks of distinguished followers Tom Cruise and John Travolta in this Hollywood- favored, UFO-loving religious sect?

Or was Friday's segment simply a colossal blunder, attributable to a startling lack of show prep?

As far as we can tell, she hasn't previously promoted the teachings of Scientology on "Majority Report", which Garofalo co-hosts with Sam Seder.


Whatever the case, Cult News.com's Rick Ross is clearly concerned about Garofalo's show. Could this be a sign she's fallen into the sect? Or is it merely a way to get film roles?

Far from an Air America detractor, Ross has been a fan, even previously appearing on her show as a guest. From his report (it's a very interesting site, by the way):


Air America Radio talk show host Janeanne Garofalo of ”Majority Report” was seemingly taken in by a Scientology-linked project selling a “detoxification” cure invented by the church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Apparently, Garofalo either didn’t understand or didn’t care about the often-reported links between the privately-funded “New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project” touted on her Friday night show and Scientology.

CultNews began reporting about the Scientology-linked project more than two years ago and the story was later picked up by the New York Times and Associated Press.

The so-called “Purification Rundown,” which is a Scientology religious ritual, is at the heart of the program. Hubbard invented the process, which includes large dosing of niacin, sweating in a sauna and ingesting cooking oil.


Apparently, Janeane's not alone:


Scientology frequently uses its celebrities to get media time for essentially what can be seen as an infomercial promoting its programs, services, and of course its founder the late L. Ron Hubbard.

CultNews previously reported how TV talk show host Montel Williams was beguiled by Scientology celebs Juliette Lewis, Anne Archer, Catherine Bell and Kelly Preston (Mrs. John Travolta). Williams consumed two of his hour-long program slots promoting celebrity Scientology-linked projects.

But of all people has the seemingly cynical Janeanne Garofalo now been bitten by the celeb bug and followed in Montel’s footsteps?


Could I Hate Myself Productions, the name of her company, provide a key clue? Garofalo, a notoriously unhappy person, would seem an easy target for these groups.

If there are other examples of Janeane plugging Scientology, please let us know.

UPDATE: another site thanks Janeane for plugging their "detox" cause!

Your Amazon orders that begin with clicks here, regardless of what you ultimately purchase, help to support this site's efforts. Thanks!

Janeane's UFO Friend: Pete at IHillary, Garofalobunny: David A Lunde

7 Comments:

  • I love IHillary's alien graphic!
    hmmm, I hate myself productions, yea, I'd say that implies something

    By Blogger FYIFYI, at 18 April, 2006 11:13  

  • Large doses of niacin?! That's amazingly dangerous. I was prescribed niacin to raise my HDL level, took one pill with food before bed as prescribed, and woke up at midnight with my skin feeling as if it were on fire, and fainting twice after going to the mirror to see whether my skin was flushed. I ended up spending most of the night at a hospital, where I was given the very reasonable advice "Don't take any more of those pills." The time-release variety is evidently riskier still, from what I read on the web.

    By Blogger James, at 18 April, 2006 12:52  

  • I saw bits and pieces of Gagafolio's movies; wasn't she supposed to be a comedienne?

    I saw absolutely no humor.

    By Blogger tradersmith, at 18 April, 2006 18:24  

  • She is as funny--AS TOEJAM!!!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 18 April, 2006 18:30  

  • B.M. is hopelesly trying to attract Sam Seder to once again either comment on this blog or mention the blog on AAR.

    By Blogger WHT, at 19 April, 2006 01:01  

  • Brian - this is a load of crap.

    Facts you failed to mention:

    Janeane had a guest in studio with her, Leah Remini, talking about it.

    Janeane was working without her co-host.

    The CultNews blog was actually fairly complimentary to Janeane:

    "The usually sharp, well informed and at times cynical Garofalo is typically more skeptical"

    Furthermore, there is nothing in the article to justify a statement like this:

    "Has Air America Radio host Janeane Garofalo begun using her show to plug Scientology? According to one cult expert, that appears to be the case"

    Where was your article "Oprah begins promoting Scientology" after Tom Cruise was on?

    And since when is it not fair game to have guests on the air to express their beliefs? What's next? "Sam Seder misses broadcast due to ancient religious ritual?" to explain his absence on Passover?

    By Blogger Lyin' Baloney, at 19 April, 2006 10:20  

  • Apparently the Scientology connection was only mentioned at the end, which if true might be considered by some to be somewhat misleading. [This comment was edited by my lawyer.]

    Moreover, I find myself excited by Janeane, Leah, cooking oil, and a sauna all appearing in one article.

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 19 April, 2006 13:32  

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