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Twitter Reacts to HBO's Scientology Documentary "Going Clear"

Here's what people are tweeting in response to the controversial new film about the Church of Scientology, AKA, this week's water-cooler talk.

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On Sunday night, Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief aired on HBO, and everyone is talking about it.

The film is an exposé based on Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Lawrence Wright's almost identically-titled book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, which claims to uncover the inner workings of the church. The film premiered earlier this year at Sundance Film Festival.

..and of course, Twitter users have a lot to say about it.

Did anybody else watch "Going Clear" last night and just keep muttering, "Oh my god, oh my GOD ARE YOU SERIOUS?"

Via Twitter: @evilgalprods

"You guys see Better Call Saul last night?" -Scientologists

Via Twitter: @bazecraze

So Scientology was like "You know who kinda nailed it? The Nazis." #GoingClear

Via Twitter: @Kumailn

Alternate name for Scientology doc: White People Be Crazy

Via Twitter: @aparnapkin

Right now there are members of the mafia watching #GoingClear and saying, "Jesus, these people are brutal."

Via Twitter: @stateofthehand

As could be anticipated, the general response is not in scientology's favor.

A lot of people find the documentary to be frightening.

I watched Going Clear and I will be looking in the closet and under the bed for L. Ron Hubbard before I can sleep.

Via Twitter: @novakkirk

Others have mixed feelings.

Are we sure that Going Clear is anti-scientology? Maybe these people are just the ones who didn’t try hard enough?

Via Twitter: @laxdude

Some people are just confused.

Via Twitter: @mikefulbreezy

But where's all the science? #GoingClear

Via Twitter: @firstnameBob

There are those who are criticizing the documentary, and coming to the support of Scientology.

#GoingClear is so full of provable falsehoods & lies, doesn't deserve to be called a documentary at all! Here's why:

— Who Is Marty Rathbun (@MartyRathbunWho) March 30, 2015

before you spew your venom toward scientology why dont you take a few minutes to learn what we really stand for not just some LIES on HBO

Via Twitter: @humanpog

#GoingClear is all lies. If you watch this movie then you are a horrible person.

Via Twitter: @420guy2010

@FreedomEthics, which is run by Scientologists, is taking this approach.

#AlexGibney's #GoingClear – talking heads, insufferable music, way too long...Zzzzzzzzzzzzz...

#AlexGibney's #GoingClear is HBOring..Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Via Twitter: @FreedomEthics

Can we all agree that "HBOring" is awesome?

Many sympathize with the people who belong to the church.

#GoingClear was more shocking than i thought it would be. I feel bad for those that can't escape the claws of that "church"

— Kristopher Martel (@kmartel_sports) March 30, 2015

It's easy to sit back and think, "I'd never be so crazy or stupid to get caught up in something like that." But you don't know. #GoingClear

Via Twitter: @WritingVirginia

Former Scientologist Leah Remini tweeted her support and approval of the documentary.

Thank you to the brave who did something about it. And to those who didn't have a voice, you do now. #GoingClear

As did other celebrities.

#goingclear is a terrifying look at the fallibility of the human mind. "To find yourself, think for yourself."- Socrates

Via Twitter: @IMKristenBell

(In case you were wondering what Kristen Bell was up to this weekend, she was watching Going Clear)

Pop culture references galore!

David Miscavige is like if Draco Malfoy became headmaster. #GoingClear

L. Ron Hubbard is like President Snow but real and worse.

Via Twitter: @Lizwelle

If HBO's Going Clear doesn't end much like The Jinx, with Tom Cruise making a confession in a men's toilet, they're just wasting our time.

Via Twitter: @Nickadoo

Petitions have been started after the documentary brought attention to the fact that the Church of Scientology is tax exempt.

Sign to remove @Scientology's tax exempt status. #GoingClear

No more tax-exemption for #Scientology!!!! Help us by signing your name. 📝 #GoingClear

Via Twitter: @NOLADuchess

..and here's a second equally-important campaign.

Via Twitter: @pixxiemeat

John Travolta comes up quite a bit..

This #GoingClear film was cast perfectly. Strange enough, it's also the first good John Travolta movie I've seen in a while.

Via Twitter: @GregoryMichael

John Travolta, none of your secrets can be worse than being a scientologist. #GoingClear

Via Twitter: @generalissima does Tom Cruise.

I bet Tom Cruise and David Miscavige have top secret vogueing battles.

Via Twitter: @louisvirtel

Statement just issued by Tom Cruise in response to #GoingClear - "La la la, I can't hear you, la la la, I can't hear you."

Via Twitter: @frankconniff

Hey, if anybody's getting through to John Travolta, tell him we love him no matter what! #GoingClear (But Tom, you're fucked.)

Via Twitter: @writingvirginia

Great day to be John Travolta and Tom Cruise's publicists, huh? Derp

Via Twitter: @Jordan laesch

Some thought-provoking new theories were formed..

Will Ferrell would play L. Ron Hubbard in a movie

Via Twitter: @damanisthename

after watching the new scientology doc i am 99% sure the briefcase in pulp fiction contains the writings of l. ron hubbard. thank u travolta

Via Twitter: @bralexicon

A lot of misconceptions about Scientology were cleared up.

I always thought his name was Elron Hubbard... Not L. Ron. This changes things. #Scientology

Via Twitter: @Tdbeek

Am I the only idiot who thought his name was "Elron Hubbard"?

Via Twitter: @BassManKurt

You're not alone, Kurt.

The official Scientology twitter (@scientology) has not joined in, but you can read a statement from the Church of Scientology's rep about the documentary here.

Also, when you search "Going Clear" on twitter, this is the first thing that pops up.

Well played, Scientology.

Well played, Scientology.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief airs again tonight, March 30th, at 9pm ET. Watch and form your own opinion (and then tweet it).

I hope Tom Cruise or John Travolta will live tweet Going Clear tonight.😛

Via Twitter: @1NatalieMaines

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