One of the many highlights of HBO’s explosive Scientology documentary "Going Clear" — a “We Are the World”-style music video produced by the church in 1990 — was brilliantly skewered on “Saturday Night Live” this week.
In the original version, “We Stand Tall,” Scientology leader David Miscavige leads the sing-along. In the “SNL” version, “Always Believe,” followers of the “Church of Neurotology,” led by Kate McKinnon, belt out praise for their religion.
“Reach out your hand and follow,” McKinnon sings. “I’ve got the code, the code to the key, the key to the secret, the secret of space — it’s Neurotology.”
What’s that, you ask?
“Religion and science, intertwined — aliens live inside of our minds.”
Bobby Moynihan cuts a pitch-perfect version of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, while Taran Killam plays an evil-eyed Miscavige.
In the style of “Going Clear,” the “SNL” video includes “Where are they now?” information for the chorus, with some “missing,” “thrown off boat,” “sued to death” and, in the case of Kenan Thompson, “left after googling Neurotology.”