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Anybody watching The Vow on HBO?

TW cults, sexual assault, all the heinous stuff associated with cults except child abuse (but that’s probably because they weren’t around long enough to have lots of kids around to groom?)

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It’s about the NXIUM cult. It’s been interesting so far (only 2 episodes in). I appreciate that they didn’t start with the “salacious” content involving sexual abuse and branding and so forth because it’s a good set up for how people got so hooked into it.

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2 Observations watching their video footage:

1. No fatties. All the women were average to thin.

2. Basically whites only.

Re #1, that makes sense given the weird crap Keith Raniere got into later. I’m sure they probably assumed larger people weren’t as opened to their spiritual growth journeys. Maybe they lacked willpower, etc.

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Re #2, I don’t know what to think. I’m sure there was some racism going on from the leadership levels, and I also wonder if folks who aren’t white and went to the initial sessions were like “what fucking nonsense is this asshole spewing” and didn’t continue.

I think it’s almost lucky those handful of women came forward when they did because of how much damage it prevented. Like if this narcissistic clown had another 5-10 years in control of people, holy fuck.

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Anyhoo, super interested in your opinions, as always!

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