Sunday, January 06, 2008

When Professionals Can't be Professional

This man drives me nuts.

He has always seemed to me to be insincere and full of himself. This perception was only heightened when I heard that he had visited Brittany Spears (without her request) and then gone on public television to let all of the watching world to know about the visit and his opinions of the matter:

"My meeting with Britney and some family members this morning in her room at Cedars leaves me convinced more than ever that she is in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention," McGraw told the programs.

"She was released moments before my arrival and was packing when I entered the room. We visited for about an hour before I walked with her to her car. I am very concerned for her," he said.

If I were Spears or her family I would be beyond upset that this "professional" was spewing my personal information to the public without any justifiable cause. Does he think talking about confidential patient information on television will make her better?

Now, I am not defending Brittany Spears. She evidently has plenty of issues that need addressing. But the paparazzi hounding her surely hasn't helped any, and I can't see that having "Doctor Phil" visit and then talk about her disparagingly on television hasn't made her more willing to seek professional help.

There's a line between entertainer and heath professional, that this man needs to find. Perhaps he should seek some professional help.

**Update: I found this link: Gallery of the Absurd. It succinctly mirrors my own feelings about Hollywood.

1 comment: said...

I agree that he was out of line in discussing Britney in a public statement. I don't care for TV much, all of it is just Jerry Springer, just more high or middle class.

For about ten years in the late 70's and early 80's I didn't watch TV and then when I came back and viewed it I was repulsed. The first thing I was was a comedy show where someone stabbed someone and everybody was laughing. Then came all this boring reality stuff. It got less boring later. Some of it pulls you in and seems good, but TV ought to be localized if it is "reality". The hype ruins the good, corrupts it, surely. They are even bringing a tinge of pop culture to the history channel. Maybe history is just another form of Jerry Springer.