I remember that group in the ‘70s with the robes, chanting, tambourines and white paint on their foreheads if I’m not mistaken... It is this stereotypical image of what constitutes a cult in many people’s minds, not just JWs.
I DO remember Witnesses saying “no, we’re not a cult” 🙄 and making fun of groups like this and others...Now, we all know that so-called cults don’t have to wear special garb or chant. There are other things they do that put them in a cult category either totally or partly.
What got me with the JWs was their intrusiveness. They expected you to tell them things you wouldn’t tell the man down the street. There were many things wrong with JWs but this lack of boundaries got me the most. It’s so unnatural and I don’t miss this nonsense and I’d never tolerate it again.