Elfmans Encounter Scientology-Bashing Director
Cheeky t-shirt offends Jenna and Bodhi Elfman
Roecker was strolling in LA's Los Feliz neighborhood on Sunday, June 11 when he met the Elfmans, who immediately took offense at the t-shirt he was wearing.
Roecker was sporting a self-made black t-shirt with a picture of Tom Cruise and the words "Scientology is Gay!" on the front and a picture of John Travolta (a la "Stayin' Alive") and the words "Very Gay!" on the back. According to an account on the Kevin and Bean morning show on LA's KROQ and later on TMZ.com, the shirtless man (Bodhi) said, "Hey man,you're making fun of my religion."
In Roecker's account, the Elfmans began to shout at him, with the "Dharma & Greg" star repeatedly asking, "What crimes have you committed?" and "Have you raped a baby?" In return, he tried to question them about one of their central tenets: the story of Xenu, the supposed alien ruler of the Galactic Confederacy that lived 75 million years ago who was afraid of being deposed and brought billions of his enemies to exterminate on Earth. Much of the story has leaked onto the Internet, but Scientologists tend to maintain its confidentiality.
There was reportedly a younger man accompanying the couple who was told to cover his ears whenever Roecker mentioned Xenu.
According to Jenni Weinman, Bodhi Elfman's publicist, her client "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 [sic] 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."
Roecker is known to the Scientologists for his collection of anti-Scientology t-shirts. The filmmaker has a reputation for challenging religions. His film "Live Freaky Die Freaky" is a dark, post-Apocalyptic look at a world in which the only book that survived is the account of the Charles Manson murders, "Helter Skelter," which soon becomes the central religious tome for the planet's survivors. The stop-animation film features voices by rock artists such as Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Tre Cool, Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Blink 182's Travis Barker, AFI's Davey Havok and Good Charlotte's Benji Madden.
Jenna Elfman, 34, was last seen on CBS' "Courting Alex," which the network didn't pick up. CBS has signed a new deal to develop a comedy project with her. She's best known for her ABC sitcom "Dharma & Greg," with the first season recently released on DVD, and the films "Keeping the Faith," "EdTV" and "Looney Tunes: Back in Action."
Her official website and MySpace page both have links to documents criticizing psychiatry, an alleged "pseudoscience" in the eyes of Scientology.