Thursday, April 18, 2024

Lego-land Park in California Sparks Outrage with $10,000 Donation to Scientology Group


Legoland in Carlsbad, California must be desperate for celebrity involvement. In exchange for a Christmas tree lighting appearance by TV actress Jenna Elfman, Lego donated $10,000 to a Scientology group in honor of the cult member.

The donation to YHRI has already sparked outrage on Twitter. I discovered it thanks to the indefatigable Tony Ortega, who writes a fuller version of the story on his website. Ortega writes:

“Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) was founded in 2001 by Scientologist Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, who has also tried to push Scientology on the nation’s schools through the front group Applied Scholastics. Like other Church of Scientology front groups, YHRI pretends to have a benign purpose that has nothing to do with Scientology. In this case, YHRI is one of several groups under the umbrella United for Human Rights that has created videos and pamphlets based on the principles spelled out in a 1948 United Nations proclamation, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

A little addition: Actress Marisol Nichols is the Advisory Board Chairperson for YHRI. She’s a huge Scientologist, with dozens of courses behind her, and no doubt millions of dollars in donations raised.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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