Friday, August 23, 2013

Lighten up, McGraw

If a person seeks counseling from a mental health professional, it's usually best that they find one who talks to them in a kind, appropriate, yet non-harmful way.

Imagine, if you will, that you seek advice from someone who calls himself a "Dr" and then calls you out on national TV, spouting cornball slogans such as "What part of 'wrong' do you not understand?" and claiming to be able to resolve complex issues in one hour (minus time for irregularity-aid commercials)

We're talking about everyone's favorite phony pop psychologist who is not a psychologist - he surrendered his license in 2006 - the inestimable Dr Phil McGraw.  We could talk about all the dumb things he has done over the years, such as repeatedly embarrassing people, hawking weight-loss products (a practice that cost him $10.5 million in settlements with irate purchasers) and charges of practicing his hokey psychology without a license.

Or we could talk about the way he sweeps off the stage at the end of every show and escorts his wife, Robin, off the set so that she can get busy selling nail polish infused with diamond dust to people who regard nail polish infused with diamond dust to be an elegant touch.

No, we're here today to talk about old Phil and his latest boo-boo.  On Tuesday, apparently lacking adult supervision, he took to Twitter to tweet this question:

 “if a girl is drunk, is it okay to have sex with her? Reply yes or no.”

Well now, his people, days later, finally got around to clearing things seems that this was not just some game of mental Jotto for old Phil.  He says he wanted input because he's fixin' to do a show about having sex with drunk girls.

Another important topic, one that bears discussion at the highest levels of our society.  Don't you dare conclude that old McGraw is looking to titillate the prurient interests of people at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.   Not at all.

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