Friday, November 18, 2016

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Dr. Phil’s Shelley Duvall interview as cruel as feared
By Bryan Hood November 18, 2016 New York Post

It was every bit as grotesque as we feared.
Despite calls for a boycott, Friday’s episode of “Dr. Phil,” featuring a much-hyped interview with actress Shelley Duvall, aired as planned.
The star of “The Shining,” 67, who hasn’t appeared in a movie since 2002, struggled to string together more than a couple coherent words at a time, and bore little resemblance to the actress who appeared in a number of popular and critically acclaimed movies in the 1980s.
“I need to get the Bermuda Triangle off of me, because I do not want a hairy chest,” she said in one of her more lucid moments. “I’m not a Chia Pet.”

While Duvall appeared to be struggling with a serious mental illness, Dr. Phil (whose full name is Phil McGraw) spent the majority of the hour-long episode baiting her with questions before airing footage of her traveling to a care facility in California.
“We’ll make a deal that you’ll get checked out, and I’ll make a deal that they won’t murder you,” McGraw, 66, told Duvall.
At the end of the episode, McGraw informed viewers that Duvall had refused treatment before returning home to Texas. He added that the show was working with professionals in her home state to make sure she gets the care she needs, and promised to update viewers on her progress.
On Thursday, the show’s producers released a teaser of the interview, including a clip in which she said that she didn’t believe “Popeye” co-star Robin Williams was dead.
Promotional efforts were met with swift and near-unanimous condemnation. Vivian Kubrick, whose father directed Duvall in “The Shining,” called for a boycott of the showin a scathing statement:
“You are putting Shelley Duvall ‘on show’ while she is suffering from a pitiable state of ill health. Unquestionably, this is purely a form of lurid and exploitive entertainment — it’s appallingly cruel … I recoil in complete disgust. I hope others will join me in boycotting your utterly heartless form of entertainment, because it has nothing to do with compassionate healing.”
Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, echoed Kubrick’s sentimentssoon after on Twitter.
“Dr. Phil’s exploitation of the wonderful Shelley Duvall — masquerading as ‘powerful TV’ — is shameful. She’s a treasure. She deserves respect,” he tweeted.


ampersand said...

Whazz that girl?

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Dr. Phil is a dick!

Dust Bunny Queen said...

What a horrible thing to do to a person who is suffering. Cruel

We really liked her in the movie Popeye with Robin Williams (1980 movie). The movie got some bad reviews but we thought it was brilliant. One scene that she was in that stuck with us was the one were she was trying to say something nice about Bluto .....she basically comes up with "He's laaaarge".

Whenever we can't thing of something nice to say about someone, we sing. But....He's (she's) laaaaarge.

Clip from the movie

The movie set still exists on Malta and has been turned into a park.

You should watch the movie and marvel at the acting skills of both Duvall and Williams!

chickelit said...

Who even watches that stuff and why?

Michael Haz said...

Per Wikipedia:

"After starting CSI, McGraw ceased the practice of psychology. He kept his license current and in good standing until he elected to retire it 15 years later in 2006. Appearing on the Today Show in January 2008, McGraw said that he has made it "very clear" that his current work does not involve the practice of psychology. He also said that he had "retired from psychology". According to the Today Show, the California Board of Psychology determined in 2002 that he did not require a license because his show involves "entertainment" rather than psychology."

He is not licensed to practice psychology. He is an entertainer and not a psychologist. Yet he had on his show a woman who was in obvious and profound need to psychological, and more likely psychiatric help. He did that for television ratings and for money.

His show and he himself should be removed from the airwaves.