Dr. Phil done messed up now!
In an attempt to either spark controversy, come up with an idea for a new segment of his talk show, or just piss a heck of a lot of people off, Phil McGraw, known to most of us as just Dr. Phil, has most certainly done the latter with a controversial question he asked on Twitter that many say incites sexual assault.
As you can imagine, it didn’t take long before two things happened: one, people went all the way in on the television psychologist, and two, the tweet was subsequently deleted. Unfortunately for Dr. Phil the damage wasn’t undone by the simple delete of a tweet. Inevitably, the hashtag #DrPhilQuestions lit up Twitter with people berating the talk show host with such tweets as:
If a woman has an opinion that differs from yours, should you assume she has her period? #drphilquestions
— shannonwoodward (@shannonwoodward) August 21, 2013
Is it okay to belittle teenage rape victims for Twitter attention? Well, what if I’m drunk? #DrPhilQuestions
— Cliff Pervocracy (@pervocracy) August 20, 2013
If a person is a misogynist, is it OK to just refer to him as “Dr. Phil” from now on? #DrPhilQuestions
— Imran Siddiquee (@imransiddiquee) August 20, 2013
All of the backlash prompted “The Dr. Phil Show” to issue a statement explaining Dr. Phil’s true intentions, which read:
“This Tweet was intended to evoke discussion leading into a very serious show topic based upon a recent news story, hence the #teensaccused label. It was a poll question, not a statement or a joke. As he has maintained over many years, Dr. Phil believes that the position of those incapacitated in any fashion; be it drugs, alcohol, age or mental illness can not and do not have the capacity to give their consent to anything, especially sex, which could have life changing repercussions. This was a research post in preparation for a show, not a personal post and Dr. Phil deleted it the second he saw it. It was clearly ill-advised. We sincerely apologize that it suggested anything other than what was intended, data gathering. As you can imagine, Dr. Phil is very upset that this happened.”
Still, the #teensaccused segment was taped yesterday and will air in the next season of Dr. Phil’s show. Guess we’ll have to wait until the air date to see if the backlash is addressed. Do you think Dr. Phil’s tweet was irresponsible?