Television psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw is under fire in the media for using the troubles of others to gain himself fame and fortune. For years Dr. Phil has drawn the ire of individuals who believe he is not actually helping anybody but himself. While he offers advice in front of a television audience of millions, he also pockets millions of dollars and lives a plush lifestyle which none of his “patients” ever will experience. The boycott against Dr. Phil has been a long-time coming, as the public has grown weak and weary to his fake folksy opinions. Many individuals have decided to come out against Dr. Phil’s brand of exploitation, including the son of two of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
Ronan Farrow, the son of pedophile director Woody Allen and Actress Mia Farrow, joined the battle and called Dr. Phil’s recent segment with Shelly Duvall “exploitation” and that she deserved to receive more respect from him than she did. He went on to say that Duvall was not showed compassion by Dr. Phil for her very real suffering. Farrow says that Dr. Phil sells exploitation as a commiddity
I did not expect this week’s biggest piece of non-Trump-related celebrity news to center around Dr. Phil and Shelley Duvall, but that’s the hand I was dealt, so it’s the hand I will play.
Ronan Farrow, the wunderkind spawn of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has taken to Twitter to express his disgust with Dr. Phil for what he calls an exploitative interview with Duvall. His tweetstorm ends with a call for a boycott of the show, and comes just one day after Vivian Kubrick, daughter of the late director Stanley, did the same.
Farrow wrote, in part:
Don't support the exploitation of vulnerable people. Don't watch Dr Phil.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) November 17, 2016
You can read all of Farrow’s comments on his Twitter feed.
Here is a clip of Shelley Duvall’s interview with Dr. Phil: