Review: Troublemaker by Leah Remini

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Words || Zoe Gleeson

Finally we get a ‘tell-all’ from Leah Remini, star of late 90’s-early 2000’s sitcom, The King of Queens. If you don’t recognise her name from the show, you’ll probably recognise her for being in the media lately about her split and big FUCK YOU with, and to, Scientology. She recently created and produced a new show with ex-exec of Scientology and Australian born, Mike Rinder; Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. This almost documentary-like show, points to the sheer deception and manipulation of Scientology, not only to its adherents and to the world, but also to the IRS – International Revenue Service – of America. This is a serious issue as Scientology claims to be a charity, and charities are allowed to be tax-exempt if they doesn’t partake in anything illegal, i.e. abuse, etc.

After Remini recounts her childhood growing up in the radicalised religion; the main juice starts halfway into the book, where she starts to realise that Scientology is complete bullshit! Spending millions of dollars donating to the cause, and attempting to achieve the highest level ‘on the bridge’, OT-8 (but only achieving OT-6A), Remini works her way up the hierarchy. It is here where her notable friendship with Tom Cruise starts to spiral. After the Head of Scientology’s wife, Shelly Miscavige goes missing – and is still missing after twelve years – Remini questions David Miscavige at Tom Cruise’s wedding to Katie Holmes. She is immediately ousted of the community as one can “never question the Head of Scientology”. Targeted and scared for her life, Remini gathers accounts from other exiled members of severe mistreatment, fraud, brainwashing and countless other criminalities. It is here that Remini makes the decision to leave. This did not arrive with liberation, as her family was told to ‘disconnect’ from her forever and cut ties absolutely. As Remini was now deemed to be a ‘Suppressive Person’ to the church, she should not be acknowledged to exist. With this, her family also left the church.

After being in the cult religious group for thirty-plus years, Remini accounts Scientology’s failings, controversial systems of worship, and her celeb friendships over the decades. Being such an outspoken Brooklyn-bred woman, Remini opens our eyes to everything Scientology and spins it with spark and wit. She is extremely valiant in being ruthless to force Scientology’s accountability and finally bring this ‘religion’ to its judgment day.