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When Elfmans Explode

6/13/2006 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jenna ElfmanIf Tom Cruise's recent public displays weren't evidence enough, Scientologists Jenna and Bodhi Elfman prove that they, too, are willing to go to great lengths to defend their religion.

Indie film director John Roecker tells TMZ he was walking to his car with a female friend in LA's trendy Los Feliz neighborhood last Sunday when he was approached by a shirtless man and a tall blonde. "Hey, man, you're making fun of my religion," said the stranger angrily.

Roecker quickly recognized the couple as actor Bodhi Elfman and his wife, 'Dharma and Greg' star Jenna Elfman. Mr. Elfman's ire was apparently drawn by Roecker's self-made t-shirt, which had a picture of Tom Cruise on the front under the caption "Scientology is Gay!" and a 'Stayin'-Alive'-era John Travolta on the back with the words "Very Gay!" For the record, both Cruise and Travolta have said repeatedly they are not gay.

Roecker and his controversial t-shirt

According to Roecker, whose encounter was first reported on LA's KROQ-FM's Kevin and Bean Show, the invective started to fly after he made several references to Scientology theology and its reported central tenent, the story of Xenu.

Roecker says Jenna repeatedly said "What crimes have you committed?" and began screaming at Roecker, "Have you raped a baby?" as motorists on Los Feliz Boulevard drove by in snarled traffic.

Roecker says it appears that Bodhi Elfman prepared to take a swing at him, but thought against it.

Bizarrely, Roecker also says that the Elfmans had a young, twenty-something male companion with them whom they continually instructed to move away and cover his ears whenever references to Xenu were made.

Roecker says this is not the first time he has worn a t-shirt that has provoked similar reactions from fellow devotees of L. Ron Hubbard like Juliette Lewis, Lisa Marie Presley, and actor Hal Ozman, who worked on 'Dawson's Creek' with none other than a certain Katie Holmes. Sources at the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre say Roecker is no stranger to them. Several non-celeb parishioners have also complained about Roecker's t-shirts.

Bodhi Elfman's rep Jenni Weinman tells TMZ that according to Bodhi "He was out for a Sunday stroll with his wife, when some guy walks by with a t-shirt on, very prominently attacking his religion. Words were extended and Bodhi and Jenna were personally attacked for their beliefs. As they went about their business, the guy continued to try to illicit negative responses from the both of them. As they walked away he continued to scream propaganda and hate at them. Apparently he spent all Monday calling the press to promote himself."

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Sounds to me like the Elfmans are the true bigots. They automatically assumed that calling something "gay" is a bad thing. Perhaps Mr. Roecker wore his "Scientology is Gay" shirt to compliment the Religion of Scientology. The word "gay" sure has changed over the years. I think I might start using it to compliment others too. When my coffee finishes brewing, I think I'll head down to my division chief's office and tell him that he looks very "gay" today.

2962 days ago


Steven Spielberg is JEWISH - not a whack Scientologist, as Roslyn Branch mentions in her posting (#7, above). Maybe THAT'S why he doesn't flaunt his religion.

As for the Hubbardites - God have mercy on anyone who puts any stock in a 'religion' founded by a sot that wrote while under the influence of uppers and rum (check into these idiots - you won't believe what they worship!).

Hollyweird types treat Scientology like it's as harmless as the Knights of Columbus or the Masons - but they actually are f*cked in the head and vicious.

So f*** 'em. F*** 'em all.

2952 days ago


Have you raped a baby? what the hell is that suppose to mean??

2951 days ago


To the "attorney" who commented on the first page:

I have my doubts as to whether you are a lawyer. An actual attorney would likely not announce their profession at the beginning of a comment, unless they were about to quote law or legal procedure. And saying that being one gives you a higher level of analysis is just stupid. As if stating that will make us take your views more seriously.

Secondly, "relevance" is an important concept in law. "Relavence" does not exist. I just really can't stand B.S.

2949 days ago


I have to agree with ya veeno

3020 days ago


For people that think they can buy their way to enlightenment, where does this couple get off being offended by a litlle bit of humorous capitalism. Come on people! Although I think that there should be a disclaimer at the bottom of the shirt.."gay, and not in a good way" or something, quit taking yourself so serious! Don't you know there are people dying in the world, its just a shirt.

3020 days ago


Yikes, Jenna is a member of the Psycho Cult? Remind me to stop watching Dharma and Greg reruns.

3020 days ago


Who cares what they believe in. Who are we to judge?

3020 days ago


First and foremost - I am not a scientologist. I am, however, an attorney, which lends itself to a more heightened level of analysis than the average fellow American...

Now stepping down from the soapbox -- I read Dianetics and some of it is highly relavent and quite practical. More practical and especially more believable than other religious ideas and notions, such as the Immaculate Conception and someone rising from the dead three days after he was buried. Ahem. Or Moses parting the sea. Or deflowering X number of virgins in heaven after you blow people up.

If Americans attacked the beliefs of Christians, Jews, Muslims. etc. with the same fervor with which they attack Scientologists, could you imagine the newspaper editorials and ensuing charges of discrimination??? Come on, people, show a little tolerance and don't be so afraid of what is otherwise unknown to you. Educate yourselves -- for all Gods' sakes.

3020 days ago


Apparently these people are only interested in "rights" with respect to themselves and their all powerful religion. Its called Freedom of Speech people - get a clue!

3020 days ago


I believe Roecker fabricated most of this. I also believe he perpetuated the situation. Look at him, he looks smug. Plus he was the one calling radio stations trying to promote himself. What a loser!

3020 days ago


looks suspiciously like he goes around baiting Scientologists into public confrontations, so that he can get attention, and promote his projects. It's playing the media game.

3020 days ago

jokin' right    

"If Americans attacked the beliefs of Christians, Jews, Muslims. etc. with the same fervor with which they attack Scientologists, could you imagine the newspaper editorials and ensuing charges of discrimination??? Come on, people, show a little tolerance and don't be so afraid of what is otherwise unknown to you. Educate yourselves -- for all Gods' sakes. "
Posted at 3:44PM on Jun 13th 2006 by Robyn 0 stars

Since when do we not attack Christians, Jews, Muslims etc.? You even did it in your own post, ahem. We are equal opportunity offenders here in this country. That's why we live here, to wear whatever kind of t-shirt we want!! I think muslims have taken alot more of a beating here lately than scientologists. Jews have been the butt of jokes in this country for how long? I'd be willing to bet that one or two Christians have hear a joke or two in reference to thier religion as well, but that's just a guess.
Take your own advice and educate yourself--persecution and religion go hand in hand.

3020 days ago

Mark Ebner    

Anyone that begins their comment with "First and foremost I am not a Scientologist," then proceeds to defend the criminal mind control cult is definitely a Scientologist.

Mark Ebner

3020 days ago


Is it really offensive to be gay????

3020 days ago
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