The Church of Neurotology video on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live follows HBO’s Going Clear documentary and parodies The Church of Scientology.
Fans have reacted to Going Clear by pointing out that it is accurate, undoubtedly so, after how heavily it was vetted (by over 100 lawyers to make sure HBO cannot be sued for anything substantial over it). But the 2 hour documentary contained no new information. There was nothing in particular over the course of 120 minutes that people hadn’t already learned from watching the BBC documentaries or shorter documentaries that are already on YouTube.
In any case, the SNL video seems to be making fun of churches and religions similar to the one in Going Clear, Scientology. Although, SNL seems to make the distinction by joking that one of the parody church members switched to The Church of Scientology. In addition to all the characters who are missing, beaten, held prisoner, or dead in the parody video.
For comparison, here is the real video on which the SNL video is based. It’s a real church video called We stand tall and it features the top execs singing a church song.