It Sounds Like Bart Simpson Is Shilling For Scientology

But it’s just the woman who voices him using his voice for their nefarious purposes:

Fox is having a cow over an automated voicemail message left by Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, recruiting attendees for a Church of Scientology event, reports USA TODAY’s Gary Levin. In the message, Cartwright, who introduces herself as Bart in the character’s voice, says she is “now auditing on new OT 7,” and invites recipients to Scientology’s “Flag World Tour” event in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, where she’s been asked to speak. In a statement, executive producer Al Jean denies any connection between Scientology and the series: “The Simpsons does not, and never has, endorsed any religion, philosophy or system of beliefs any more profound than Butterfinger bars.” A spokesman at 20th Century Fox says the studio was told the calls have stopped and Fox has not taken any further action. It’s unclear how widely the voicemail was distributed.

I have to admit, it really creeps me out to have such an iconic voice from a show which (long ago anyway) had so much credibility as a source of incisive commentary and satire being put to use for a ludicrous, dangerous cult.

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  • http://www.lvanon.org/forums/index.php avbb

    She donated over $10,000,000.00 to the cult of Scientology, but whether or not she can pay is not the problem. Scientologist don’t pay bills as a general rule. The must give all their money to their bogus “religion” Scientology in the quest for world denomination. If you think that sounds crazy, use Google Search and find out more crazy stuff this scam organization that fronts itself as a church does.
    Scientology is crazy and dangerous, it’s followers are brainwashed and just as crazy. Nancy is right there at the top of the list with John Travolta, Tom Cruise and Kristy Alley.
    Google is your friend, use it to find the truth, then get involved with the current movement dedicated to stopping the insanity of this despicable organization!
    BTW, Nancy, pay the bill.

  • http://www.lvanon.org/forums/index.php avbb

    She donated over $10,000,000.00 to the cult of Scientology, but whether or not she can pay is not the problem. Scientologist don’t pay bills as a general rule. The must give all their money to their bogus “religion” Scientology in the quest for world denomination. If you think that sounds crazy, use Google Search and find out more crazy stuff this scam organization that fronts itself as a church does.
    Scientology is crazy and dangerous, it’s followers are brainwashed and just as crazy. Nancy is right there at the top of the list with John Travolta, Tom Cruise and Kristy Alley.
    Google is your friend, use it to find the truth, then get involved with the current movement dedicated to stopping the insanity of this despicable organization!
    BTW, Nancy, pay the bill.


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