Mike Rowe uses Facebook to rip Scientology over the treatment of his friend Spanky Taylor - 2015-04-06
On Sunday night Mike Rowe, the former Dirty Jobs host and current star of CNN's Somebody's Gotta Do It, used his Facebook page to vent over the treatment of Spanky Taylor that's described in Alex Gibney's documentary about Scientology, Going Clear. Spanky was one of eight former Church of Scientology members who appeared in the film to talk about how they got into the church but later broke away, and Spanky's story about being assigned to the Sea Org's prison detail and having to save her young child from a filthy group nursery is one of the most shocking parts of the movie.
"Going Clear made me angry," Rowe wrote after explaining that he employed Spanky and knew her story, but was still stunned by what he saw in the movie. "And if you're offended by bullies and opportunists who take advantage of people at their most vulnerable, and an IRS that seems both craven and manipulable, it'll make you angry too."
As we explained in a piece about Spanky that appeared a few days before Going Clear first aired on HBO on March 29, she has spent decades working with famous clients, helping them manage their interactions with fans. But she never discloses who her clients are, and we didn't know she's done work for Rowe.