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.
"Should we be acting like the definition of rape is contingent on public opinion? More at 11." #TeensAccused— Sunny Phorward (@PhilthePill) August 21, 2013
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."
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."