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Rupert Murdoch Claims He’s Been Attacked On Twitter After Calling Scientologists "Evil"

This morning, News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch tweeted that, in the wake of the TomKat divorce, he believed Scientologists were “creepy, maybe even evil.” He says he’s received hundreds of attacks and he expects them to become more threatening, but Scientologists actually seem to have remained quiet on the controversy thus far.

Rupert Murdoch in New York, June 28, 2012. KEITH BEDFORD / Reuters

Rupert Murdoch started his Sunday morning with controversy, tweeting out his strongly worded opinions on Scientology. The original tweets on the subject of Scientology and the TomKat divorce do beg the question of whether Cruise will ever work for a News Corp owned company again.


Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in hiearchy.— Rupert Murdoch


Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.— Rupert Murdoch

Scientologist Tom Cruise and his soon to be ex-wife Katie Holmes, March 28, 2011. MARIO ANZUONI / Reuters

Replies began rolling in immediately. I did find hundreds of responses to Murdoch’s original tweets, but most of them seemed to be accusing the alleged “phone hacker” and conservative of hypocrisy, but not actually defending Scientology or Cruise. I was unable to find a response from an actual Scientologist, and the officially-affiliated Scientology twitter accounts have thus far remained silent on this issue. That said, it’s hard not to characterize many of the responses he received as attacks:

@rupertmurdoch you calling somebody else creepy and evil? Pot have you met kettle?

— PaulieMc94 (@Paul McAllister)

@rupertmurdoch you calling somebody else creepy and evil? Pot have you met kettle?— Paul McAllister

@rupertmurdoch Dude you look like a scrote

— devvvine (@James)

@rupertmurdoch Dude you look like a scrote— James

@rupertmurdoch When you call someone evil, we either need to seriously investigate them, or call you an idiot. I'm prepared to do both.

— lestack (@Duke Matt Wolber)

@rupertmurdoch When you call someone evil, we either need to seriously investigate them, or call you an idiot. I’m prepared to do both.— Duke Matt Wolber

.@rupertmurdoch hurry up and be deceased you grey haired fuck, your what's wrong with the world these days #LickMySack

— Seann89 (@Sean Norris)

.@rupertmurdoch hurry up and be deceased you grey haired fuck, your what’s wrong with the world these days #LickMySack— Sean Norris

@rupertmurdoch Youve room to fucking talk your as evil as they come gather all the pedos and rapists into one person and your still worse

— simonlfcgreen (@ Simon Green)

@rupertmurdoch Youve room to fucking talk your as evil as they come gather all the pedos and rapists into one person and your still worse— Simon Green

@rupertmurdoch Please kill yourself, you evil fuck.

— mleif (@Marc)

@rupertmurdoch Please kill yourself, you evil fuck.— Marc

@rupertmurdoch "Creepy" the scientologists may be, but you're hardly one to lay judgement are you, you supercilious fucking scumbag.

— lastcaress1972 (@last.caress)

@rupertmurdoch “Creepy” the scientologists may be, but you’re hardly one to lay judgement are you, you supercilious fucking scumbag.— last.caress

While combing for these responses, I found about an equal number of supporting tweets, often surprised to find themselves in the position of agreeing with Rupert Murdoch on something.

For once, and hopefully it's only once, I agree with @rupertmurdoch. Scientology is definitely creepy and weird and, quite probably evil.

— Louise_Restell (@Louise Restell)

For once, and hopefully it’s only once, I agree with @rupertmurdoch. Scientology is definitely creepy and weird and, quite probably evil.— Louise Restell

Never thought I'd agree with this guy: @rupertmurdoch : "There's Something Creepy, Maybe Even Evil, About Scientology" http://t.co/JekEExfs

— scottopia (@Scott San Filippo)

Never thought I’d agree with this guy: @rupertmurdoch : “There’s Something Creepy, Maybe Even Evil, About Scientology” http://t.co/JekEExfs— Scott San Filippo

just RT'd a tweet from @rupertmurdoch re scientology - I'm gasping at the idea that he said something I entirely agree with

— SandraHelena39 (@Sandra N. )

just RT’d a tweet from @rupertmurdoch re scientology - I’m gasping at the idea that he said something I entirely agree with— Sandra N.

He was asked about his feelings about Mormonism, and it was the only response he replied to directly thus far.

@shakirc Mormonism a mystery to me, but Mormons certainly not evil.

— rupertmurdoch (@Rupert Murdoch )

@shakirc Mormonism a mystery to me, but Mormons certainly not evil.— Rupert Murdoch

Murdoch now claims he’s received hundreds of “attacks,” and he expects them to get worse and more threatening. However, he’s sticking to his story that Scientologists are “maybe evil.”

Since Scientology tweet hundreds of attacks. Expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening. Still stick to my story.

— rupertmurdoch (@Rupert Murdoch )

Since Scientology tweet hundreds of attacks. Expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening. Still stick to my story.— Rupert Murdoch

It seems that many followers would delight in observing a war between Murdoch and the Church of Scientology, but that war doesn’t seem to have actually emerged… yet? Your move, Scientologists.

So @rupertmurdoch is having a swing at #Scientology now, is he?! Now there's a war I'd pay to watch. Your doing, @RupertMurdochPR?

— Gwyntaglaw (@Wind and rain)

So @rupertmurdoch is having a swing at #Scientology now, is he?! Now there’s a war I’d pay to watch. Your doing, @RupertMurdochPR?— Wind and rain

Rupert Murdoch takes on Scientology in his twitter feed. Scientologists react. Pass the popcorn.

— LawLibNC (@Lyn Marie B.)

Rupert Murdoch takes on Scientology in his twitter feed. Scientologists react. Pass the popcorn.— Lyn Marie B.

Dear #Scientologists, are you just going to sit there and let @rupertmurdoch call you creepy and evil? #p2 #LetsYouAndHimFight

— allanbrauer (@allanbrauer)

Dear #Scientologists, are you just going to sit there and let @rupertmurdoch call you creepy and evil? #p2 #LetsYouAndHimFight— allanbrauer

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