Church Leader's Niece Slams Barbara Walters For Defending Scientology's Education System, Calls Her 'Ignorant And Irresponsible' - 2013-09-20
When Jaden Smith, son of rumored Scientologists Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, urged fans to drop out of school last weekend his tweets were discussed on The View on Tuesday and after Barbara Walters defended the church saying they have "a pretty good education system," the niece of church leader, David Miscavige, spoke out to slam the seasoned journalist.
"I'm not going to speak about Scientology in general, but Scientology has a pretty good educational program," Walters said. "They're not telling people to drop out."
But Jenna Miscavige Hill — who left the controversial organization in 2005 and released the explosive tell-all book, Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology And My Harrowing Escape — had appeared on the ABC show in February so co-host Sherri Shepherd pointed out, "[Jenna] said they pulled her out and put her in a camp," of the church's education system. "What kind of school is that? It's like it was a hard labor camp. She built the doggone…the huts that they lived in!"