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Bart Simpson phone prank dials up a Scientology stir
Chris Ayres, Los Angeles
Copyright 2009 News Ltd.
Bart Simpson used to be an under-achiever and proud of it. These days, it seems, he's an Operating Thetan VII in the Church of Scientology, and proud of that, too.
At least, that is what Scientologists were led to believe this week when they received an automated telephone message featuring the voice of Bart inviting them to the Scientology Flag World Tour, an event to be held in Hollywood today.
The message was recorded by Nancy Cartwright, 51, the voice actor and high-ranking Scientologist who has played Bart in The Simpsons since the show was created in 1987.
``Yo, what's happenin', man?'' begins the message. ``This is Bart Simpson. Ha ha! Just kidding, don't hang up, this is Nancy Cartwright.''
Cartwright moves between her own voice and that of Bart for the rest of the message, urging listeners to confirm their attendance at the event.
When the message leaked out on the internet this week, Cartwright's bosses at The Simpsons had -- as Bart might say -- a cow. Although details of the actor's contract are not known, it is thought that the copyright of Bart's voice is owned by Twentieth Century Fox, part of News Corporation, parent company of The Australian, and cannot be used without permission.
The show's executive producer, Al Jean, attempted to make light of the incident.
``The Simpsons does not, and never has, endorsed any religion, philosophy or system of beliefs any more profound than Butterfinger bars,'' he said.
Cartwright, who earns an estimated $US400,000 ($620,000) an episode, was recently awarded Scientology's Patron Laureate Award after reportedly donating $US10 million to the group, founded in the 1950s by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
As an Operating Thetan VII -- and therefore an individual who can operate independently of her body, according to the movement's website -- she has attained the second-highest rank in the church.
It is not the first time her association with Scientology has created headlines. Two years ago, it was reported she objected to a veiled joke in the show's script about Scientology -- it is thought that the offending line described Mormonism as ``the second-freakiest religion in America'' -- and that as a result the wording was changed.
At the time, Cartwright's publicist said: ``Scientology was never mentioned, and to infer that it was is to try and make a story where there isn't one.''
In the 1970s, a series of FBI raids found that Scientologists had infiltrated and wiretapped the Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies. The organisation says that it has reformed itself.
dazu noch eine Verständnisfrage:
I have looked up "Internal Revenue Service
But I still do not see where the interest of the Scientology could lie here...?
Can anyone tell me what this case was about?
Kann mir jemand die Zusammenhänge erklären?
Welche Motive könnte Scientology damals gehabt haben?