I get some interesting comments on my YouTube Channel. Mostly, they are complimentary. Sometimes, they are rude. But I got on the other day that was confusing and ominous.
Under the Jennie Ketcham Interview:
“It’s my hope that Jennie steers clear of Dr. Drew. With his kitsch style of televised behavior modification, Drew has already killed 5 of his patients. I do not want to read Jennie Ketcham’s obituary. She is a gemstone of sex films.”
Now, that of course insinuates that Dr. Drew Pinsky of television’s Celebrity Rehab and Sex Rehab personally murdered five people in his care. Thoroughly confused I looked up something on what this person was talking about and found an article at The American Spectator by Daniel J. Flynn entitled, The Dr. Death Side of Dr. Drew. Flynn writes:
“[Mindy] McCready becomes the fifth patient of Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab to transcend addiction through bodily transcendence. Unwitting riot catalyst Rodney King, Alice in Chains’ bassist Mike Starr, Taxi and Grease actor Jeff Conaway, and Real World resident Joey Kovar all passed shortly after Dr. Drew treated them. The smiling doc may not look like the grim reaper. But many of his patients behave as though they have seen him.
Rehab, which rarely succeeds away from the cameras, seems a riskier proposition in front of them. Surely McCready’s CV of stupidity made her a not-ready-for-primetime player. Perversely, in the perverse world we inhabit, that made her a suitable candidate for a starring role on the small screen, which strives to earn that diminutive description. Her downfall was our entertainment. Who’s sick?”
Dr. Drew’s Wikipedia page offers a bit more background on those who criticize his practices. Under Criticism and Praise:
“In 2009, Pinsky drew criticism from experts for publicly offering professional opinions of celebrities he has never met or personally examined, based on media accounts, and has also drawn the ire of some of those celebrities. Following comments Pinsky made about actor Tom Cruise’s belief in Scientology and Lindsay Lohan’s drug abuse, Cruise’s lawyer compared Pinsky to Joseph Goebbels, and Lohan posted on Twitter, “I thought REAL doctors talked to patients in offices behind closed doors.” Pinsky also received criticism in April 2010 for stating that he would frame Lohan for illegal drug use in order to force her into a sobriety program if he were her father. Pinsky responded in the same publication that his remark was intended as hyperbole and a “flight of journalistic excess”, not a suggestion as a treatment modality in any way. He stated his intent was to drive home the point about bringing negative consequences to bear for a person dying of addiction when all other options have been exhausted.”
It is an unfortunate side effect, in my opinion, that reality television affords us a bird’s eye view of people breaking down over their personal issues, but I also think it’s unfair to claim Dr. Pinsky is responsible for killing people who exited rehab worse for wear. I have heard great things about him, and not-so-great things about him. I was shocked by the statement, yet it led me to an article that made me think about celebrity and substance abuse and how we exploit people in the media. It is a marvel to me how news and entertainment have switched roles. It seems lately that if we want news, all we need do is watch a television show; and if we want theatrics, all we need do is watch the news.
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