Dr. Phil’s Disappearing Rape Tweet

Outrage after TV therapist asks Twitter followers if date rape is justified

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First you see it, now you don’t. Dr. Phil—or whoever manages the TV therapist’s Twitter account—quickly deleted a controversial tweet this week, which said “If a girl is drunk, is it okay to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teenaccused.”

The tweet was deleted after outrage Tuesday over what appeared to be a trivialization of date rape. Responses ranged from serious attacks on Dr. Phil’s credibility to jokes at his expense. Comedians and feminist bloggers had a field day. Comedian Rob Delaney tweeted:

Eve Vawter, associate editor at Mommyish.com tweeted:

 

And BuzzFeed editor Michael Rusch tweeted:

Carmen Rios, an anti-rape activist, started a change.org petition demanding that the TV self-help guru apologize. “Sexual contact without verbal, sober, conscious consent is rape,” she said in her petition, “and yet, this respected television doctor is questioning whether sex with a person who is incapacitated is rape at all.”

Dr. Phil’s team attempted to explain that the tweet was intended to generate discussion about date rape, not provide room for justification. Stacey Luchs, a spokeswoman for Dr. Phil, said in an email to CBC News that “This tweet was intended to evoke discussion leading into a very serious show topic based upon a recent news story, hence the #teensaccused label.”

Luchs said the tweet was linked to an upcoming show featuring the mother of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Nova Scotia teen who killed herself in April after a two-year ordeal involving date rape and cyber-bullying.

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tootsie
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what I dont understand is why people are knocking dr. phil..he is  trying to help..the people in this world that rape is wrong..and he gets blasted.What if it was your child.I wish Dr phil would talk to me,,cause I have things to say about how I got treated in the justice system....we all should be happy aabout this parsons case

tootsie
tootsie

d. phil  you keep whoooping ass no one in canada is listening

octuplet
octuplet

I question the motivation behind Dr. Phil's question. It is blatantly obvious that it is illegal to have sex with someone who is drunk. That is the law. And coming from Dr. Phil who has addressed this issue many times it makes no sense that he says he was just trying to spark a discussion. 

In addition Dr. Phil himself, was accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 19 year old girl when he was a practicing therapist. He also was charged with  having this female work for him. His license was removed and he never attempted to have it restored. They did not have enough evidence against him for his sexual misconduct but they did prove that he had a patient working for him, which crossed boundaries. 


In addition he was charged with scamming investors in a real estate fraud. He left town in the middle of the night and his real estate clients were left hanging.

His first wife said he was controlling and abusive. And that he cheated on her many times. When she approached him about his infidelity he did not deny it. 


Knowing some of his background I don't think he asked that question to spark a discussion. Somewhere in his mind he really does not believe that it is wrong to have sex with a woman who is drunk.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@octuplet 

That is not true at all, passed out drunk sure, but .09 drunk?  No way that is just most couples after splitting a bottle of wine.

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labman57
labman57

I'm no Dr. Phil fan -- I find him to be a tad pompous and with a tendency to claim expertise in areas outside of his formal training.

However, this seems to have been a case of his show staff "chumming the waters" of social media in search of misogynistic sharks who would be willing to come on his show and defend the 'act of raping an inebriated woman' ... so that the good Doctor could then proceed to skewer them in front of a television audience.