News Around the Web: Scientology and College Student Recruited by MLM
Here are two articles from around the web that readers of this site may find interesting:
First, actress Leah Remini talks about her split from Scientology with Ellen DeGeneres.
“We’ve lost friends that can no longer talk to us and are still in the organization”
“These are friends that we’ve had for dozens of years.”
It’s common within cults and multi-level marketing companies for ex-members to be shunned by those still within these organizations. Those who quit are often called names like losers and traitors.
Fortunately for Remini, she had a support group outside of Scientology that she was able to lean on following her departure. She is planning to write a memoir of her time in the organization. Talking to People Magazine, she hints at some of her reasons for leaving:
“I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that’s what I’m about. It wouldn’t matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to.”
Does your current or former MLM organization allow for free-thinking and questioning?
Second, college student, Darrin Moret, shares his story of how a college student got recruited into a multi-level marketing scheme. Moret’s description of the opportunity meeting sounds very similar to the ones described here on this site. I would be interested in seeing a demographic breakdown of MLM companies. Are most of the new recruits in the college or just-out-of-college age range?
Moret describes the typical scene at many MLM conferences:
I was completely unaware of all this when, on my first weekend as an associate, I was pressured into attending a full-day, unpaid sales conference in Orange County. Company associates from all over Southern California converged on the convention center in Anaheim to hear from some of the top names in the company. The vibe was more cultish than corporate. As if on cue, those in the congregation would rise, clap, and sit back down before and after every speech, and would listen intently to every word being said as if it contained the key to their success.
Go read Moret’s testimony and share what similarities you see with your former MLM.