This is probably going to be some kind of shock to everyone out there but I'm actually going to defend Tom Cruise for once. I know, I know. I promise the world is not ending. I promise I didn't have a stress test, and I'm not living in the Celebrity Centre. There has been some fuss over the past few days about Tom Cruise and Amazon and getting a book pulled from their site.
Here is what happened as best as I can determine. There is a great book out called The Complex by a man who was a Scientologist for 22 years and spent most of that time in SeaOrg. The book is primarily about those experiences. That book came out on October 31st.
About a week later, Tom Cruise showed up at Amazon to torture their employees with an advance screening of Valkyrie. Then, shortly after his visit, Amazon stopped offering the book for sale in the UK.
The statement Amazon released said that someone mentioned in the book was alleging they were defamed in it.
Of course no one believes that Tom Cruise had nothing to do with it, except for me. Oh, and Tom. Well even if he had nothing to do with it he probably thinks he did. Of course he thinks Valkyrie is going to be a hit, and that his wife looks hot dressing as a guy all the time so who the hell knows.
Anyway, if all of you will recall during the entire Andrew Morton period, that book was also barred from being sold in the UK. They have different laws than the US and so it is much easier to get a book pulled off the shelves there. The major flaw in the argument for all of the Tom Cruise haters is two fold. Why in the hell would Amazon listen to an almost washed up actor when it comes to their business practices, and Amazon stopped offering it for sale in the UK. You can still get it in every other country on the planet so I doubt it will affect sales much or the spread of information in the book.
I would love to go off on a Tom Cruise rant, but I think that if you are going to rant, you need to have a valid reason, and I don't think the protesters have one. What do you think?