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Dr. Phil gets schooled

Gazette staff September 4th, 2013

Amid the recent talk about rape after hyper-public cases like the one in Steubenville, Ohio, you would think professional social media users would have figured out how to approach the subject. Sadly, they haven’t.

On Aug. 20, one of Dr. Phil McGraw’s staff published this tweet:

“If a girl is drunk, is it ok to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teensaccused” McGraw, who was born in Vinita and attended the University of Tulsa, deleted the tweet almost immediately, but the damage had already been done. Outraged Twitter users created the hashtag #DrPhilQuestions and let their anger be known.

Most of the tweets pointed out the stupidity of the question:

“If the baby just won’t stop crying, is it ok to shake it until it stops? #drphilquestions,” tweeted Manny Velazquez, @emannyv.

“If you say, ‘Drop by anytime,’ and I break in while you’re not home, no problem, right? #DrPhilQuestions,” quipped Sofia Quintero, @sofiaquintero.

But some were aimed at the “doctor” himself:

“If a man is an idiot, is OK for him to have a TV show? Reply yes or no to @drphil #drphilquestions,” said Peter Rogers, @rowdyman.

On Aug. 21, Dr. Phil’s staff issued a statement explaining the tweet and apologized for its seemingly flippant content.

“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.”

We here at CFN expect more from a TV doctor and his staff, and you should too.

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