Did You See a Scientology Ad This Weekend? - 2012-01-16

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F11.png Did You See a Scientology Ad This Weekend? January 16, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice

Update: After the jump, we'll show you the church e-mail that confirms just about everything we were told by Jefferson Hawkins about this sudden ad campaign.

The Church of Scientology bought network TV ad time in a big way this weekend. On Saturday, we started noticing Twitter users complaining that they were running into Scientology ads on Hulu -- a place where the church's ads have been pretty common in the past. But then that night, a lengthy ad showed up during the Miss America pageant, prompting a burst of mocking tweets. Then, Sunday, things really got interesting.

Twitter users seemed shocked when the lengthy ads showed up during Sunday afternoon's football playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans. (I didn't catch the commercial myself, but judging from the way Twitter users described it, the ad was a version of the 2-minute film that pops up when you first visit the church's official site, Scientology.org.)


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Did You See a Scientology Ad This Weekend? | url = http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/01/scientology_television_ad_golden_globes_miss_america.php | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = January 16, 2012 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}