Anyone who stood in line at the grocery store last weekend couldn't miss People magazine's sympathetic cover story on Tom Cruise detailing his "life alone" and "constant calls" to 6-year-old daughter Suri, whom he reportedly hasn't seen in nearly two months.
But even as he faces criticism that his lack of face time with the tyke is mandated more by the Church of Scientology than his busy work schedule (a charge denied by his attorney), grumbling has begun that any contact he gets with Suri constitutes "special treatment" from the religion's powers that be.
"They have already bent the rules for Tom," former high-ranking Scientologist Nancy Many kvetches to Radar Online. "If Tom was any other Scientologist, including lesser celebrities, he would not be allowed to continue seeing and maintaining communication with Katie or Suri, because they are no longer in Scientology."
That, contends Many, "has already upset the parents and children of existing Scientologists who can't talk to their loved ones. If he is supposed to be a Scientologist, why don't the rules for every other member apply to him?"