How Scientologists are dealing with the popularity of Alex Gibney's film 'Going Clear' - 2015-04-03
On Sunday morning, we published a compilation of entries written by many former Church of Scientology members, journalists, and others as they expressed their thoughts about the airing of Alex Gibney's documentary, Going Clear.
Many of our contributors expressed some hope that Scientologists still in the church — but perhaps on the "fence" — would watch the documentary and be motivated to leave the organization.
But is that happening? On Tuesday, HBO revealed that Sunday's broadcast had brought in nearly 1.7 million viewers, the most for the premiere of a documentary since 2006 and Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Going Clear is now repeating on HBO, and can be seen at any time on demand. So what are Scientologists doing about it?