Was The Sparlock Video Really Made By The Watchtower Society?

Kingdom Hall announces talk on SparlockSince I first posted my article about Sparlock the Warrior Wizard, I have seen several attempts by Jehovah’s Witnesses to declare the video an apostate (or atheist) trick. There’s even an image of these conversations on YouTube for posterity. Well, I felt it necessary to issue a response on behalf of myself and other ex-Witnesses who have adopted Sparlock as our new mascot.

For those who doubt that the Sparlock video is the real deal, I offer the following incontrovertible proof.

Exhibit 1: The DVD Has Already Been Released To Many Jehovah’s Witnesses Across America!

Guys, if you haven’t seen it yet, you soon will. It’s being released at the big district convention. If you haven’t had your convention yet, then that’s why you haven’t seen the DVD already. That’s all there is to it.

In case you weren’t aware of this, we evil apostate ex-Witnesses usually know about stuff before you do. Sometimes way before you do. Scary scary scary, booga booga booga…

Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

Exhibit 2: A Member Of The Governing Body Is On The DVD!

Screenshot of Morris from DVDThis one’s also a tad difficult to ignore. Anthony Morris III is featured in the DVD’s introduction. Anthony Morris, as suggested by the subtitle above, is a member of the governing body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. All you have to do is watch the video and you’ll see this for yourself. Or just look at the picture to the left.

NOTE: A friend of Atheist Geek News actually made a better photo. Who’d have thunk it? Not that my chicken scratch would be hard to beat. It’s bigger than this one and of better quality. You can see it here.

I concede that the introductory piece from Brother Morris was posted separately from the Sparlock video. That is to say that they appear on the internet as two, separate videos. Some naysayers will no doubt insist that there’s no way of proving they are on the same DVD together. How can Jehovah’s Witnesses know that Brother Morris is talking about the Sparlock video? After all, we ex-Witnesses are full of demons and lies and whatnot. (Darn us to heck!)

There are pictures of characters from the DVD in the background of Brother Morris’ video. One of them appears to be a picture of Caleb, the boy featured in the Sparlock video. There are also some images of the plane that was featured at the very start of the Sparlock video. These pictures are plainly visible while Morris is talking. So unless apostates have taken over ILM or something, I see no other way of explaining how those pictures got there. That is, unless you think the governing body is applauding our apostate lies for all to see?

Exhibit 3: The First Time The Video Was Posted It Was Promptly Taken Down By Order Of Watchtower Lawyers!

YouTube WTS warningIf the Society had no legal claim to the video, then how could they have it taken down? Doubters will surely say that it’s because the video is unflattering (in other words, because the way the mom talks to the kid is kind of cult-like and creepy) but there are tons of unflattering videos on YouTube and elsewhere about Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Watchtower Society, and even the governing body, yet they have not been taken down. Why would this one be any different unless there was a valid copyright claim by the Society’s lawyers?

I even mentioned the fact that the Sparlock videos had been pulled on my original post because I expected the new videos to be removed as well. To my surprise, the new videos remain. I guess the Society decided not to bother pushing the issue any further since they were only encouraging us. It was too late by that point anyway; Sparlock was already becoming a meme for the ex-Witness community to rally around.

I am trying to get copies of the cease and desist orders from those who received them for the original posting of the videos on YouTube. As soon as I have that, I will post it. But honestly, the fact that many Witnesses have already received the DVD with the video on it should be more than proof enough all by itself.

UPDATE: The image of the cease and desist is now available thanks to another friend of Atheist Geek News. Click here to see it.

Don’t worry guys, you’ll get your copies too. Then the reality will become all too clear.

Um, So What’s The Big Deal About The Sparlock Video Again?

This is one of those weird areas that Jehovah’s Witnesses and ex-Witnesses always stumble into sooner or later. So let me reiterate the true meaning of Sparlock.

Penn Jillette's tweet about SparlockMany Jehovah’s Witnesses have already denied that the video is real because it’s just plain creepy as hell. They say it’s an apostate joke because it shows the Society portraying some very manipulative behavior from parents in a positive light; a light that just plain weirds people out. Hence, doubters say that the video could not have come from the Watchtower Society. Instead, they say someone must have created it to make the Society look bad.

If only.

Later, once it becomes clear that the video was indeed created and distributed by the Watchtower Society, the naysayers will change their tune and accuse critics like me of twisting the truth, of creating a controversy that was never there, even though they doubted the video for the same reasons we criticized it! Namely, because it’s an example of the Society’s poor mental health.

Not so sure the poor mental health thing? Remember, a committee of Jehovah’s Witnesses – including members of the slave class – had to approve the DVD for production and no one noticed the obvious weird-factor! This suggests that, for the Society’s leaders, this is all perfectly normal and right. You decide what that says about them for yourself.

So, just for fun, I am posting some pics I took of conversations on Twitter about the Sparlock video. The fact that the initial tweet was about my article and that I think that’s totally cool has nothing to do with it. Really. I swear. Stop looking at me like that.

If I find anything good on Facebook (or if anyone wants to send something to me) I will post that too. These clips are just a taste so no one will forget what the reaction was versus what will be said about it later. Open them in another window if they’re too small to read on your screen.

NOTE: I have added another snippet of Witness comments and will continue doing so. Check back if you get bored.

  Sparlock doubters, you have been powned. Or is it pwned? Oh, you get my point!

 More Twitter comments from the same dude

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7 Responses to Was The Sparlock Video Really Made By The Watchtower Society?

  1. Call Headquarters says:

    This is brilliant. You have created a time capsule. At the moment, JW’s are forming opinions of this video before the WT has had the chance to tell them what their opinion should be. They are judging the video with their true personality and not their cult personality. Wonderful. When the WT tells them what they SHOULD think of it, I am sure the discomfort of cognitive dissonance will overwhelm some, and they will wake up.

    Praise Sparlock the Magical Warrior Wizard, fighting to free those in the grips of the Evil Watchtower Empire!

  2. Sing L Forfun says:

    Thanks for this post, I have bm’d it for doubters. Your evidence is overwhelming, and it is an astute observation that the JW’s disclaiming it are speaking from their true self. They will sing a different tune when instructed by the FDS.

  3. Chuck D says:

    This is a great example of what is called the “veil of ignorance” in action. This phrase does not refer to being “ignorant,” but rather to being unaware of the outcome of a particular issue before rendering an opinion and thus showing an unbiased opinion. You see this all the time in political speech; whatever is said or done by the opposition is always judged wrong after the fact, but no one ventures the correct approach beforehand least they agree, God forbid. And in this case, even active Witnesses are expressing the opinion that this video is absurd, as it is. However, once the veracity of this video is established beyond any doubt, it will be interesting to see the mental gymnastics they will apply to rationalize it as “good” and “up building.” Why? Because they will have to. They will need to adjust their initial reaction (which, as we witnessed here, was often correct) to match the one they were instructed to have. But the audit trail provided by their comments will reveal just how disingenuous this is.

  4. Guys, thanks for your comments. If anyone wants to post an experience relating to this, or wants to copy and paste a conversation they’ve seen online, please feel free. I would like to keep a record of this to make it hard to deny the real point of Sparlock.

  5. This is just brilliant on soooo many levels! First, friggin Penn Jillette! ‘Nuff said! Second, he’s an atheist and famous. I can just foresee how this could be completely misquoted and twisted around as is customary with the Witnesses to seem like this devout brother gave a good witness to this celebrity and defended the mothership– err.. the Watchtower. Who knows? this might even become material for some interview at a future district convention. You know the ones! Where they sound overly rehearsed and unnatural and sometimes the interviewee literally reads his answers to the interviewers questions right from a script he or she is holding in his hand… Yea, you know the ones. Also, how ironic is it that Penn Jillette is a magician and Sparlock is a “magical toy” which witnesses have a serious problem with? You guys remember the Smurfs and Avatar ban? When I was growing up it was Beauty and the Beast, the Lord of the Rings but Harry Potter, Twilight, even Disney World and Mickey was targeted by some of the more overzealous witnesses because of the movie Fantasia where Mickey plays a wizard. This is just so laughable and makes me even more glad I left that crazy cult.

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  7. Mark B says:

    I was a JW for 17 years. The sheer arrogance of the Watchtower hierarchy is simply astonishing – on so many levels. It is important to understand that, when there are so many born into this vile cult, they are sadly subject to the doomsday programme enforced by the Watchtower Society.

    Moreover, it’s worth keeping in mind that the majority of witnesses are decent folk – it’s purely a case of being blinded from a faith spawned from fear.

    The sheer scale of thought control overseen and implemented by the society is something to behold.

    This new video comes as no surprise to me. It’s just another J-dub vessel, deemed condusive for interpolating the society’s illiterate, quasi-christian bile. In typical JW fashion, the governing body set their sights upon the children. After all, they’re vulnerable, maleable and petrified by what their parent’s invisible sky daddy will do if they don’t tow the line.

    The Royal Australian Commission underscored the lengths cult overseers go to, by violating the constitutional freedoms of vulnerable congregants.

    I pity the majority of witnesses; they have fallen prey to a faith out of fear.

    I did too.

    When you’re routinely catechised that Jehovah is going to hand your behind to you on a plate at Armageddon, plus your family’s as well, you’ll be surpised how conformism is fairly easy to maintain amongst the rank and file of Watchtower subjects.

    I doubt this video will be the last tool utilised by the society – you never know what they’ll conjure up next.


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