Like a bad April Fool’s Day joke, Battlefield Earth just hit Netflix yesterday. Widely considered the worst film ever made, it’s an adaptation of L. Ron Hubbard’s sci-fi novel of the same name and is a thinly-veiled metaphor for the teachings of Scientology. The film stars Hubbard devote and Scientology big-wig John Travolta.
While many are aware of the Scientology’s connections to science fiction and Hollywood, the organization’s history in music is somewhat obscure. Religious-themed pop isn’t anything new, but Scientology isn’t your average religion. The folks at This Exists put together a short documentary on the topic a few years back, and Battlefield Earth’s Netflix release makes this the perfect time to revisit it.
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Give Scientology’s Music is Crazier Than Scientology Itself a spin below and let us know what you think in the Comments section. After that, you can peep the trailer and synopsis for Battlefield Earth (you know, if you’re a sadist). Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Every religion has its own music. Chants, or hymns, or MXPX. But not every religion is Scientology.
About This Exists on YouTube: Digging up the pop culture peculiarities and nonsense that exists in the darkness on the edge of town.
Official Synopsis: In the year 3000, there are no countries, no cities… Earth is a wasteland. And man is an endangered species. As the leader of the evil Psychlos, Terl and his race have taken over the world’s natural resources and disregarded everyone and everything else. It’s up to Jonnie “Goodboy” Tyler, a brave human, to battle the Psychlos and restore normalcy to the world.
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