Ever since jumping on Oprah’s couch like a maniac in June of 2005, Tom Cruise has become the most vilified actor in the world. When you hear the name “Tom Cruise” these days, it is most likely the topic of a joke. Never has an actor fallen from the top so quickly without committing a crime. What babies did one of the greatest actors of the past three decades murder in order to earn such harsh treatment?
Many point to Cruise’s involvement in the Church of Scientology as the main reason for his so-called downfall. How ironic it is that many of the same people who criticize his religious beliefs belong to mainstream religions in which children are molested, wars are started, and crazy ideals are shoved down our throats.
In comparison, Cruise’s beliefs that aliens are popping negative thoughts into our heads seems harmless. As a supporter of drugs for people who have mental illnesses, I do find his argument that these drugs are useless somewhat offensive, but I am not about to boycott his films. I didn’t see the last Mission Impossible movie because I think the series is boring and a waste of Mr. Cruise’s talents.
The one other issue people have with Cruise is his sexuality. Let’s face it: I think he is as queer as a three dollar bill, but if he wants to use women such as Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes and throw them back to the prop department when he’s finished, that’s his business, not ours.
Unlike many other (I think) closeted famous people, he was never on television speaking out against gay issues. I think perhaps he is just not ready to deal with his sexuality yet, so leave him alone!
Even if Cruise has shown an unlikable side of himself, it does nothing to erase his body of work, which is very impressive: Risky Business, Top Gun, The Color of Money, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire, and Collateral. He brings charisma and feeling to all his characters in a way that most actors can only dream of. Even such poorly scripted movies, such as Minority Report and War of the Worlds, are only watchable because he is in them – so why the backlash?
Cruise has entered the Britney Spears, Ben Affleck, Michael Jackson, J-Lo, and Madonna Celebrity Backlash Zone where people love to take entertainers, turn them into icons of an almost Godlike status, and then drop them like a ball of fire. It’s a fun sport for the general public, but can be emotionally draining for the star that is involved. Cruise may be everybody’s whipping target now, but you can almost bet Brad Pitt will replace him soon. Who will we backlash after that in order to set off our secret desires of seeing a famous person fall – Tom Hanks?
What happened with Cruise is simple: we liked him and wanted him to succeed. Then, he became too successful. We looked at him and, instead of feeling proud of him we felt envy. Many looked at their own miserable lives and realized they have not set their goals or used their talents in the way Cruise has. We had to find a flaw in him (Scientology) and blow it way out of proportion in order to make him look bad. Congratulations, we can all now feel so much better about ourselves!