Dr Phil tweets Causes Emotional Backlash
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Dr. Phil's Latest "Tweet" Causes Emotional Backlash
Dr. Phil McGraw, best known for his television show and books on the topics of bettering the human experience, often tweets themes and topics for his upcoming shows, looking for valuable input from his wealth of followers. Apparently, his latest this one appeared to spark a massive dose of outrage, among plenty of people across the globe.
His tweet, "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her?" a blunt message read. "Reply yes or no to @drphil #teensaccused," is drawing rampant criticism from all sides, as it has polarized readers with the connotation that it diminishes the act of rape.
Representatives of the doctor claim that it was merely to get input from his viewership on a potential topic, referring to a recent news headline. Opponents state the rising moral downfall of society, adhering to the stance that Dr. Phil should have been more aware of his verbiage and its impact on those who may, or may not, have been victim to the heinous act of drunken, unwanted and forced sexual advances.
While it remains to be seen if this incident will have any impact on the television show's viewership, it is clear that the topic is one that will continue to burn deeply in the minds of many who view Dr. Phil as an authority on human considerations.
Here's the statement from the good doctor:
"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."