Other Religions Atheism and Agnosticism When Tom Cruise Claimed He Would Eat Katie Holmes' Placenta Share Flipboard Email Print Anthony Harvey/Getty Images Other Religions Belief Systems Atheism and Agnosticism Logic Ethics Key Figures in Atheism Evolution Atheism Myths and Misconceptions By Austin Cline Atheism Expert M.A., Princeton University B.A., University of Pennsylvania Austin Cline, a former regional director for the Council for Secular Humanism, writes and lectures extensively about atheism and agnosticism. our editorial process Austin Cline Updated March 06, 2019 Before Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had their first child, a girl named Suri (which the media dubbed TomKitten), it was reported that Tom Cruise was determined to eat the placenta - a practice common in some cultures but which is a bit odd in America. The Mirror reported: The Mission Impossible star, 43, said: “I’m gonna eat the placenta. I thought that would be good. Very nutritious. I’m gonna eat the cord and the placenta right there.” It is the latest in a series of increasingly strange outbursts from Cruise in the run-up to the birth. He has claimed the baby, due any day, will be delivered in total silence. The Top Gun star also insisted he “sensed” fiancee Katie was pregnant before she told him. And he has blurted out details of the couple’s sex life, saying: “It’s spectacular.” Yirmumah has a comic about what it might have been like — how Katie Holmes was kept in total silence for the birth and how eager Tom Cruise was to get a hold of that yummy placenta. Wonder if he really did make Placenta Tacos? Cruise told GQ magazine Hubbard had discovered making a noise had a “negative spiritual effect” on someone giving birth. He insisted that 27-year-old Katie would be allowed to scream, adding cryptically: “It is really about respecting the woman. It’s not about her screaming. “And scientifically it is proven. Now there are medical research papers that say when a woman’s giving birth everyone should be quiet.” Wonder if those “medical research papers” are printed in the same journals which publish the details about how Tom Cruise is personally able to get addicts off of heroin in just a few days? In related Tom Cruise news, Parade magazine held a poll on whether people thought that Cruise’s recent public relations problems were more his fault or more the media’s fault. Votes were overwhelmingly against the media — and overwhelmingly from just a couple of computers: Parade publicist Alexis Collado tells website PageSix.com, “We at Parade found this a little bit fishy, so we did some investigating. We found out more than 14,000 (of the 18,000-plus votes) that came in were cast from only 10 computers! One computer was responsible for nearly 8,400 votes alone, all blaming the media for Tom’s troubles.” Collado added, “We also discovered that at least two other machines were the sources of inordinate numbers of votes. It seems these folks (whoever they may be) resorted to extraordinary measures to try to portray Tom in a positive light for the Parade.com survey. There is even a chance they wrote a special ‘bot’ program for the sole purpose of skewing the results, rather than casting the votes by hand on a computer.” Tom Cruise, through his spokesman, denies any involvement. I’m not sure if anyone asked the Church of Scientology for an official comment, though. If they could identify the computers responsible for most of the votes, they should be able to identify where those computers physically were — and that could give us a good idea of who rigged the voting in favor of Tom Cruise.