|Although he is fairly articulate, moderately well-read and a good "conversationalist" who enjoys to dialogue, he eschews the principles of logical debate, and instead relies on (what I would term, but he wouldn't) a "sub-Nietzchean assertiveness." "I'm right and you're wrong and know you are wrong, period." He's also full of himself and claims that anyone debating him will lose to his "will to power" (again, a term that he wouldn't use) and feel like they've just been hit by "a ton of bricks." He also can be quite rude and insulting to his followers and callers.
He attempts to attract religious fundamentalists as followers. And I've heard a number of them call him claiming to be "born-again" and "saved" only to have Masters reply "no you are not." He claims that one must have overcome his or her emotional problems in order to be saved and that it has taken him 50 or so years to "save his wife." He would reply to his callers, "you wouldn't be calling me with your problems if you were saved." Masters also claims that he doesn't sin (as I have heard him).
Masters, in his hubris, claims to be a martial arts expert who, in his younger years, and still now in his 70s wouldn't hesitate to give someone a "knuckle-sandwich."
His son David had an extremely messy divorce from his wife that involved allegations of physical abuse from both Roy and David. In particular Roy got into a physical fight with his two granddaughters! It began when he accused them of being demon-possessed. He does claim, in his defense, that he was acting in self-defense. He said something along the lines of (forgive me I don't have a primary source from which to quote -- this is from memory), "when your grandchild is coming at you, you can't just stay there like a wimp and do nothing." So he slapped them down.
I want to suggest that people listen to Roy's Sunday sessions which are available for free download on the FHU site. It's like a fly-on-the-wall vantage point of the interplay between Roy and the people on hand. It is way more psychically penetrating than the radio program, to say the least.
Just today I heard Roy tell a woman there that she's very mechanical and that she had a "face like a prune". I thought about this calmly (just to abide with an open mind), but for the life of me, I couldn't figure out what could be served by the latter observation. Nonetheless, the woman didn't protest. He also said that he "could own everybody in the room" if he wanted to --but he didn't want to because he not malevolent.
Notice how his callers are passive, soft voiced, drones. That's the result of his technique. He has mastered hypnosis and gets you to send him money.
Plus, he's so rude to callers, hang up on them,says their questions are trivial and wonders why people don't call him. Yikes.
I don't find the commentary about Roy Masters on this blog antagonistic. It's probably reflective of many people bumping into his show at any given time. After all, going before a mass-audience on public airwaves and saying that girls are born into this world "completely mad" or that something like 90 percent of the world is mentally ill (I have to paraphrase that one, but I know I'm damn close to the actual quote) doesn't just get digested without some controversy. C'mon!
If anything, I'm surprised that more people don't discuss this self-proclaimed iconoclast. Roy knows that he leaves a wake of controversy and wreckage. The whole trajectory of his language is to get inside of your head, if you haven't noticed. You enter his realm on his terms via his use of language. That's why so many callers fall mute trying to absorb what's coming at them in so many instances. He has his own realm of intuitively-derived ideas and that's why no one will ever be able to replace the guy.
Roy will frequently say on his show that the people who hate him will become fixated and frustrated (like a divine curse) and that he simply ignores them and continues to be successful. The evidence supports this in terms of his longevity on the air and ability to expand certain enterprises behind the scenes. Still, you've got to wonder what kind of personality would make such audacious suggestions to an audience that largely has no vested relation to him. He's not-so-subtly hinting that he's something more than your average person. ...that he's something more akin to Biblical proportions, eh?
My problem with Masters is the way he conflates how his teachings might help people to reduce their stress (what I view as a good thing) with his whole worldview, which is beyond social conservative or fundamentalist, but often reaches into the furthest outskirts of crack-pottery.
My own feeling is that there is something probably genetic that runs in his family (as there seemingly is in many intelligent families) that predisposes towards anxiety and/or depression. And that his teachings help him (and similar folks) to remain upbeat, calm, and still in a psychological sense. Yet, the darkness of neurosis is still probably burried somewhere deep in his mind and often comes out when he talks about how terrible modern society is and how it can all end at any minute.
Although not trained as a physicist, Roy has developed a physics theory concerning gravity, electricity, and alternative energy technology. On his radio program, he has offered to provide his paper about the theory for free to physicists and physics educators. To discourage casual readers who would not have relevant background or interest in the topic, the paper is otherwise available to the public for a $50 donation to the Foundation.
Roy sees the Biblical story of Adam and Eve as a literal description of how a female tendency to give in to emotionalism can tempt and corrupt both women and men. He develops these themes into a variety of traditional perspectives about the role of men as spiritual and moral leaders in the family, correcting the unstable emotionalism of women. As part of his conservative interpretation of the Bible's instructions on morality, he advocates sexual abstinence until marriage; teaches that homosexuality is a deviation that is a consequence of moral and psychological issues within an individual subjected to abusive or confusing situations; and holds a pro-life (anti-abortion) position.
Misogyny and abuse - An ex daughter-in-law of Roy has publicly made accusations of abuse, including physical violence, on the part of Roy based on misogynistic attitudes.
He normally castigates, insults, and ridicules his listeners in a domineering controlling manner. Masters says "I could get people to die for me any day. I've got more power over people than Adolph Hitler and Jim Jones combined, because I'm smarter. I know how to push people's buttons" (Los Angeles Times, 12/3/78)
"I just want people to know he's dangerous," Lisa Masters said in her home this week. "I just thought, `I know a lot about this man; I'll just turn around and let him have it."'
Lisa Masters told "Extra" producer Frank Snepp that the controversial radio personality punched her once while she was married to his son David Masters, and that Roy Masters slapped her daughters during 1997 while they visited his home. She said she considers the incidents consistent with what she says is a long history of Masters' denigration of women.
"He's said on the radio there's a time women have to be restrained and even slapped," she said.
One day in 1983 she had an argument with Roy over his attempts to make her son Josh eat his food. "I told him to mind his own business, and he punched me in the eye," she said.
She said she then slapped him, and he then hit her in the other eye. She said she called the police after the incident but didn't file charges.
Lisa Masters says Roy Masters came to her home once after she had a miscarriage and told her children that "something evil in Lisa" had killed her baby. Snepp said he has a note in which David Masters called Lisa a "vampire."
In 1984, according to a Nexis search, Masters issued a press release declaring that there is no such thing as mental illness; rather, "[i]t's all a matter of demon possession." The release added: "He proved his point, he says, in front of television cameras for a Cable News Network (CNN) documentary. He passed a wooden cross over the audience, and, he says, all the fiends came popping out, screaming and growling like animals. Masters adds that the CNN reporter almost went into shock."
My criticism comes from a very different place. In my opinion he is a very bright and insightful guy who is more dangerous than just a religious heretic or a cult leader. He is a person who believes that because he thinks something it must be universal truth. He is unable to see the broad spectrum of ideas or to understand that other people also have insights. He is the ultimate “true believer” and in that sense I believe him to be extremely dangerous.
Something clearly quite negative resides Roy’s psyche — all sorts of neurotic, paranoid, obsessive compulsive, and and depressed tendencies he keeps at bay through his meditation exercise. As I listen to him, the meditation exercise just made his dark side bury itself deeper into his psyche and emerges in the midst of all of his paranoid rants and raves while telling people that they can eliminate negative emotions!
"Ladies end gentlemen, let me suggest that you are a stupid bunch of bastards."
A woman named Gisela with great sadness in her voice called Roy. She claimed that
she was “having a hard time coping” with the fact that her husband had just passed away.
After asking the woman if she had his CD and finding out that she had his meditation
tape…Roy commented, “It’s only natural to grieve. To grieve for a month or a couple of months,
but it will go away and you will learn to live your life. The only thing that will become depressing and
dangerous is if you resent not having him.” Gisela stated that she didn’t think she resents him now for
dying, but admits that she did when he was alive--because of their need for each other.
“You have a terrible need for your husband, not to love him, but to hate him. He’s a love-hate object. You
love to hate. You need him and it’s not healthy. You don’t love your husband. You only miss him
because, since he isn’t there, you have to look at yourself. You have to look at your own miserable self.
Did you know that if the world was perfect, nobody could stand themselves. We all need someone
to hate, to divert away from our own guilts. Sorry about that. None of us are as nice as we think we
are. If the world would suddenly become perfect, most people couldn’t stand themselves. If everything
goes too well in the household, they throw a monkey wrench in the works, they have to cause
something to go wrong so they can get upset. They have an addiction to being angry. To divert their
attention away from what’s wrong with their own lives, by looking at what’s more wrong with somebody
else. That’s the way human beings are, sorry to say. Those that think of themselves as human.
They’re not really human at all. And you’re certainly not. You’re a foolish old woman.
That’s what you are. And it’s about time you looked at it. And not be angry because I told you.
You’re a foolish old woman. And if you’re not careful, you’ll die and go to hell. I’m sorry, but
you’re a bitter woman. And by your own admission, you resented him while he was alive and now
you’re moaning and groaning because he’s gone because you think you’re missing him and…
no you don’t miss him, you don’t miss him for the right reason. You don’t miss him cause you
loved him, you miss the hate object. To divert you from your own miserable existence. You set him
up to fail all your life. And now he’s walked out on you. And then you’re too ugly to find
another guy. Who wants you now? Serves you right. If you can take that like a woman and not
be upset with me, you might get better. That’s the truth. And I don’t mean to be mean.
But it’s the truth. I don’t hear you complaining. Gotta go now. Bye.”
“Sorry, but what can you do? You gotta be brutally truthful sometimes. How many people got
angry just now? Hands up. How many people are so angry that they can’t call me? You
should be angry, if you think I did something wrong just now, you call me. Wanna know why
you can’t call me? A- Because you haven’t got courage. B-You want to hold a judgement against
“I want to read you just a quick letter from Africa. There’s a country in Africa, Tanzania. I’ve been communicating with those people over there and they listen on the Internet.They seem to be recovering from AIDS wholesale. As you know, there is a serious AIDS epidemic, but they don’t have the medicines. Guess what they’re using--the Meditation Exercises, ‘Be Still and Know.’ ”
On Wednesday evening, August 3, 2005, Roy received a call from a Jewish Rabbi that wanted to talk about various philosophical issues.What could have been a wonderful interaction was turned into a one-sided diatribe by Roy, who kept interrupting the man and wouldn't let him finish a sentence. Then Roy hung up on him.
Later on Roy justified this by saying, “Now there’s a rabbi that wants to preach to me. Show me where I’m wrong. Don’t preach to me” "Don't be upset that I don't let people finish what they are saying. Tell me where I am wrong."
This was a wonderful telephone call until Roy ruined it. It was fascinating and compelling, but Roy does not want to hear anybody else's opinion.
"ALL DEMOCRATS ARE COMMUNISTS"
ROY'S RECORDED STATEMENT MADE ON 02/21/06:
"I haven't had a call in 45 years that disagrees with me."
It was 25 years ago today that Roy Masters celebrated the death of John Lennon by calling him a "degenerate" and saying "good!" and "I'm glad" in response to his assassination the night before.
IT WAS 1976. I WAS SCANNING THROUGH THE AM RADIO DIAL. I LISTENED TO THE USUAL ASSORTMENT OF MUSIC, SPORTS & THIS NEW PHENOMENON CALLED TALK RADIO, WHERE EVERYBODY WAS COURTEOUS, NON-THREATENING, NON-CONTROVERSIAL AND FILLED WITH MEDIOCRITY.
THEN I THOUGHT I WAS HEARING THINGS.
I HEARD A MAN WITH AN ENGLISH ACCENT SPEAKING IN AN ENGAGING, EMOTIONAL AND SENSATIONAL MANNER.
AND I WAS STUNNED BY HIS NEXT STATEMENT.
HE CALLED DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE JIMMY CARTER A “SMILING HITLER.”
NOW FOLKS, THIS WAS 1976.
RADIO WAS POLITE, NON-CONTROVERSIAL, BOOT-LICKING AND KOWTOWING.
I CANNOT EMPHASIZE HOW SHOCKING THIS WAS AT THE TIME. I REALIZE YOU CANNOT POSSIBLY GRASP THE SHOCK VALUE OF THIS WHEN IN 2005 YOU CAN TURN ON CABLE TV TO WATCH CHARACTERS IN CHILDREN’S CARTOON SHOWS TELLING YOU TO “FUCK OFF.”
THE STATEMENT MADE IN 1976 WAS LIKE AN ATOM BOMB GOING OFF AT A RADIO STATION.
“My wife is my wife. And if she votes Democrat, I’ll divorce her. ..She will not divide my vote. Either she loves me or she doesn‘t.”
“Buddhism has never succeeded. Buddhists are basically cowards. Including the Dalai Lama. Who ran like hell instead of confronting the invading Chinese.”
“Please don’t ask me what I think about New Orleans. I’ll tell you this much. If there were ever a place on Earth that was Sodom and Gomorrah, that’s it. I don’t have to tell you what’s going on down there. And the media is not reporting the good things. They’re reporting everything that points the finger, even the storm is blamed on George Bush.” “If you’re looking at New Orleans, what you’re looking at is the scum of the universe.” “Now I’m a minister…”
"I COULD BE WRONG ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS I SAY...BUT I'M NOT"
"Tourette Syndrome is caused by emotions. "
“I’m not that popular because I point out that you are wrong. 99 and 9/10 percent of the people of the world are wrong. Except me of course."