Danny Masterson to Scientology Critics: You Can "Go F—" Yourselves
The actor opened up about Alex Gibney's recent Scientology doc and his upbringing as a second-generation Scientologist in a candid interview with 'Paper' magazine.
Danny Masterson, best known for his role as Steven Hyde on Fox's That '70s Show, addressed Scientology critics in a rare and candid interview with Paper magazine.
Alongside Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and Masterson's wife, Bijou Phillips, the second-generation Scientologist is just one of many Hollywood stars who are public followers of the religion (or "religious philosophy," as Masterson called it).
Masterson was interviewed in January during the Sundance Film Festival, where director Alex Gibney's controversial Scientology documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, was just days away from its world premiere. The Church of Scientology had previously made efforts to discredit the film through public statements posted on its Twitter account and in the pages of The New York Times. Claiming that the documentary was based on ungrounded facts, the Church tweeted: "Free speech is not a free pass to broadcast or publish false information."
In his interview with Paper, Masterson made clear his own thoughts about the film.
"I heard about that documentary — the documentary where they interviewed eight people who hate Scientology. Should be pretty interesting," he said. "I wonder if Sundance would allow a documentary of, like, eight people who hate Judaism. But, you know, my religion's fair game, I guess, 'cause it's new."
Regarding the film's validity, Masterson added: "Anyone can say anything about anything. How true it is, I guess that's up to the reader. If you're going to write something, and you don't ask the people who actually do it, then what's the f—ing point? We could all interview the KKK about what's cool about being white, but we don't. I don't know, it just seems retarded to me."
Masterson revealed that being born into a Scientologist family never posed any problems for him, despite the backlash the religion has received from both Gibney's team and former member of the Church of Scientology Paul Haggis. Haggis left the church back in 2010 after publicly denouncing Scientology for its support of the denial of gay rights.
"What Paul was angry at made perfect sense, but it had nothing to do with Scientology. There was some person who worked at some small church in San Diego who wrote his name and then wrote 'Church of Scientology' on Prop 8, which is the most f—ed up thing I've ever f—ing heard," explained Masterson. "That guy got reamed, kicked out, I don't know what the f— happened to him. But then Paul was just mad that, as a religion, we're not going to come out and say that we are for or against anything, which is a political matter."
The actor also addressed the frequent clash between his religion and psychiatry, stating, "You will not find a Scientologist who does not f—ing hate psychiatrists. Because their solution for mental and spiritual problems is drugs. So let's talk about putting a Band-Aid on something that's just going to get worse and worse and worse."
He continued, "And the thing is, I'm sure there are tons and tons of amazing human beings who are psychologists or psychiatrists. But it's like, if you study that man is an animal and nothing more than that, and you basically have this f—in' manual that has, what, 5,000 disorders in it, that you just bill your insurance company — 'Oh, you have PMS disorder, you have caffeine-addict disorder, you have mathematics disorder; here, take Prozac' — what the f— is that? Scientology handles those things, those mental problems that people have. It gets rid of them. It gets rid of them by that person doing it for themselves. That's the solution to depression, not f—in' Prozac and whatever other pill that makes the kid then walk into a goddamn school and kill other kids."
Masterson, a regular working father and husband at home, said that ultimately he's just "a spiritual being who likes to understand why things happen in the world. ... So if that's weird, then, well, you can go f— yourself."