The gay author Armistead Maupin slammed Scientology at a book-signing in London last week:

[The] Church of Scientology comes in very handy. It’s the biggest ex-gay movement in America. They catch you when you’re young and confused, tell you they’ll look after you, even provide you with a wife and child. Then of course you have to do what they call an audit, where you confess everything you’ve ever done into a tape recorder, so they’ve got the tapes. So once you’re famous and successful you have to go along with all their nonsense about people falling into volcanoes.

In a barely concealed dig at a major film star, the creator of Tales of the City continued, apparently to great laughter:

… then you play a woman in a movie musical, a part created by a drag queen and written by a gay man.

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