Dr. Phil's Twitter War

Dr. Phil is under fire for a tweet that appeared to make a joke out of date rape, but he says it's all a crazy misunderstanding.

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Dr. Phil is no stranger to controversy, and his latest incident is no different. The talk-show host is under fire for a tweet that some say minimalized the plight of rape victims into a joke.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, read, "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teensaccused"

Reactions to the tweet ranged from jokes to outrage, while some defended the TV doc.

A spokesperson for the Dr. Phil Show issued a statement denying they weren't taking the issue seriously, saying, "This tweet was intended to evoke discussion leading into a very serious show topic. It was not intended to be taken lightly. It's based upon a recent news story, hence the #teensaccused label."

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The spokesperson later added, "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."

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Arshad Sherif, M.A., M.Ed. August 22, 2013 | 1:58 PM

Jerry Springer is a trained lawyer and a far better talk show host than Dr. Phil. Dr. Phil never goes beyond stating the obvious. But he tells you the obvious with such great authority that the average viewer actually thinks that he is saying something profound. Dr. Phil is a perfect example of what a mediocre intellect can accomplish on nothing more than pure confidence. He projects confidence and he has turned himself into an industry on nothing more than that confidence. He wants you to believe that he is a prophet. But he is really a simple-minded lightweight possessing very little depth. Dr. Phil’s arrogance has made him a fortune and it is his arrogance that has masked well the paucity of his intellect. It is amazing that he has duped an entire nation this long.

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