You’d be amazed at the number of real-world ex-MLM members who say “I watched Leah Remini’s documentary on Scientology, and suddenly it clicked that, whoa, I was in a cult.” (Including Roberta Blevins, host of the Life After MLM podcast.)
Leah Remini also inspired the in-universe cult-survivor interview series mentioned in Slow News Day: Favorite Shows.
Juniper: Not grabbing anything from the pile for Leif?
Thorn: Nah. I’ll stick to things I feel comfortable actually buying . . . no offense.
Juniper: None taken — I get it. You’re staying all the way away from the cult.
Thorn: So, you think these are full-on corporate cults, huh?
Juniper: I mean — I don’t want to overstate the trauma, here? None of them are Northwind Prismaceuticals. The executives aren’t out there murdering people. That I know of.
But the support groups for ex-members, and their families and loved ones, do call them cults, yeah.
Thorn: Uh . . . you got any recs?