Thursday, January 17, 2008

There are a few reports scattered around the internet right now that say that he’s under investigation and that he’s been fired by Oprah because of how he conducted himself with Britney Spears recently. Ultimately, though, there’s nothing really credible but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth talking about.

It’s actually astonishing that no one has really caught on to the fact that Dr. Phil is one or two arbitrary steps above being a televangelist. He peddles pop culture spirituality. Was this ever in question? I mean, he lectures people on a talk show about their love lives using soundbytes as answers. Plus, he has astonishingly white teeth. I mean, he whitens his teeth for TV. If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know then I don’t know what will.

Meanwhile, yes, I’d totally whiten my teeth for TV.
So, anyway, it’s not in any WAY surprising that he’d have gone after Britney Spears with the veracity of a tiger – she’d rate well. Particularly with a crew of carnivorous, ambitious TV producers breathing down his neck. Since Dr. Phil met Oprah it’s been a slow process of selling out. Sadly, it’s all backfiring and now everyone hates him and he’s being torn apart. According to one website he isn’t licensed to practice in Texas or California any more.

Oh Dr. Phil. What will we do when you’re faux no bullshit southern accent and well formed clichéd answers to tough questions about life are no longer available? That’s right, we’ll probably all kill ourselves. Incidentally, isn't the photo of him just great? He's pointing at us demanding clarity and accountability and yet, here the world is staring at him demanding the same thing back. Oh, the irony.[source]

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