Hotels, Mormons and Tom Cruise
In the bedside drawer there’s a Gideon Bible, which is to be expected, I suppose. What’s unusual is the Book of Mormon (which i have to read at least a little of, it looks hilarious) and JW Marriott’s autobiography. A book about Jesus, another book about Jesus, and a book about the hotel chain’s founder. Ego, much?
Finding the Book of Mormon is kind of unusual, but there’s a good reason: the Marriotts are from good Utah Mormon stock. Unfortunately, other than the weirdness of their prophet’s martyrdom (he got lynched) and the manner in which he received the prophecy (read it out of a hat), there’s nothing that odd about the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints. There are some kooky offshoots that go in for the whole polygamy thing, but other than that they’re not that different to most Jesus-lovers. Why couldn’t I be staying in a hotel run by moonies or scientologists?
And speaking of scientologists, Paramount has dropped Tom Cruise’s contract. According to Viacom’s chief Sumner Redstone:
It’s nothing to do with his acting ability, he’s a terrific actor. But we don’t think that someone who effectuates creative suicide and costs the company revenue should be on the lot.
So what fast talking, spin doctoring response did Tom Cruise’s PR machine whip up to refute this ridiculous claim?
We wanted to leave anyway.
Ah, ingenious. Second only to ‘I know you are, but what am I?’