Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Headline News gets more loathsome

Headline News, the cable network that boasts programs hosted by a woman who falsely accused people of rape, a woman who without any evidence kinda-sorta-just-enough-to-not-be-accused-of-flat-out-libel insinuated that a guest had abducted her own son, and the least charming co-host of "The View," has now sunk even lower. They have secured the services of the sleaziest of sleazy VH1 personalities, Dr. Drew Pinsky.
Spring 2011 is bringing a brand-new program to Headline News hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky. Dr. Drew, who made his name in the TV world through the hit series Celebrity Rehab, will be hosting a primetime discussion program which, talking to Joy Behar, he described as a talk show of a similar format to hers.
What does a person have to do to not get a television show? At what point do tv executives look at someone and say, "No, you're just too awful to get your own show"? Because I would think that "Dr. Drew" had  passed that point long ago.

As the Mediaite article notes, "Dr. Drew" made his name in tv through the show Celebrity Rehab. For the channel that brought you Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, Daisy of Love, Real Chance of Love, I Love New York, Frank the Entertainer in a Basement Affair, and Megan Wants a Millionaire, "Dr. Drew's" Celebrity Rehab represents the absolute nadir.

Oh, except for "Dr. Drew's" program Sex Rehab. Remember that one? As one of the show's "patients," Duncan Roy, has written,
Our primary care givers were Dr. Drew and sex therapist Jill Vermeire. My first meeting with either of them happened the evening of the first day of treatment. Jill was telegenic, slightly tattooed, and her breasts fit snugly in duchess satin shifts. Drew was ruggedly handsome and built—a gray fox. It was immediately apparent that while Drew may be an astounding drug and alcohol specialist, he knows very little, or anything, about the precise science of sex addiction. More disturbingly, he does not believe in God, which is a fundamental prerequisite to any 12-step program. (He admitted to me that he is an atheist.)

In the U.S., doctors enjoy a cultural omnipotence, a perception that they do nothing to disabuse. Drew’s role as America’s kindly uncle masks Dr. Omnipotent superhero! He would recycle Jill’s lines when he began to founder—and in the edited broadcasts, we see her thoughts and insights come out of Drew’s mouth. It comes as no surprise that Drew writes about narcissism because he genuinely wrestles with his own.
A narcissist who presents himself as more capable than he really is. Yes,  by all means, let's give him another television show.

And don't forget Celebrity Rehab's spin-off, Sober House. That was the show in which "graduates" of Celebrity Rehab went to Hollywood to live in a house with a scatterbrained, passive aggressive jackass called Jennifer Gimenez. In episode after episode she demonstrated her ineptitude and unfitness for her job, and yet she was kept around  because of her past modeling and acting experience. And the fact that her ineptitude required the frequent interventions of "Dr. Drew."

"Dr. Drew" is a dangerous, loathsome creature who exploits the tragedies of others for the gratification of his own massive ego. As I have already written, "The man is a sleaze, constantly making his "patients" feel like sh*t, placing them in deliberately provocative and dangerous situations, telling them they are "powerless" in the face of their addiction, and the only way they can "improve" (they will be "addicts" all their lives, even if they never take another drink or snort or smoke or whatever-- they always be at least a little helpless) is to submit to his every whim. The guy practically runs a cult on those shows for crying out loud, and his ego is so enormous that he is blind to the fact that he looks like a dangerous cretin."

"Dr. Drew," looking soooo serious when a microphone is placed in front of him.

To him, human beings are just objects to be utilized in the advancement of himself. It doesn't matter who they are. It doesn't matter if he's actually met them. He will offer his "expert" opinion to anyone who will stick a microphone in his mouth (I actually meant write in front of his mouth, but I like the image conjured by my typo so I'm keeping it in).

Remember what he said about Lindsay Lohan?
Dr. Drew Pinsky, who is not treating Lohan, has some candid advice for the people closest to her.
"If she were my daughter, I would pack her car full with illegal substances, send her on her way, call the police, and make sure she was arrested. I would  make sure she was not allowed to get out of jail. I would then go to the judge and make sure she was ordered to a minimum of a three year sobriety program."

Dr. Drew says it's highly unlikely that Lindsay will recognize she has a problem and go to rehab of her own accord, "I would say it's less than a 1% chance of her making the decision to go to rehab. I have said this many times before, I believe that Lindsay will make a wonderful sober person, someday, if she survives this. I absolutely wish no harm to her, but I just have a feeling that something awful is going to happen to her, like she is going to lose a limb. I hope Lindsay gets help before something terrible happens."
He wasn't treating her, and at that point hadn't even met her, and knew nothing about her other than what he'd read in gossip blogs or seen on television, offered his "expert" advice that she be subjected to a capricious criminal justice system.
Maybe they don't cover this in medical school, Dr. Drew, but you should really make yourself aware of the fact that many people have been accidentally shot by drug cops, sexually assaulted in jail, and otherwise mercilessly screwed over by the criminal justice system in ways that you and your massive ego don't have the luxury of predicting.

Planting drugs on anyone is a serious crime that could go wrong in more ways than you can possibly imagine. Anyone who endorses screwing around like this has no business practicing medicine, parenthood or friendship. You can get people killed with this sort of idiocy, and as much as it would reveal about the stupidity of the war on drugs, "Hollywood Starlet Shot in Face by SWAT Team" is a story no drug policy blogger wants to write.
Yes, let's give this man his own national cable soapbox, so that he can offer these pearls of wisdom five nights a week!

He almost seems like a vulture. Circling around, just waiting, hoping, anticipating that this one or that  one will die, so he can get in front of a microphone and offer his "expert" opinion. Like when Michael Jackson died.  And when Corey Haim died.

I'm so tired of this guy. He has done so many despicable things, and I've already written a great deal about him (click on the Dr. Drew Pinsky tags at the end of this post if you're curious and want to be depressed today) but what the hell do I care the world isn't fair and bad people get to do fabulous things and even dangerous people have a lot of power and use that power to harm others for the sake of advancing their own careers. Ugh, I'm so depressed now.

So let's get lower. Here is part of his interview on Joy Behar's show, in which "Dr. Drew" opines once again on Ms. Lohan, and on the recent activities of Charlie Sheen. He does this without knowing them or treating them.

Are you ready, America? HLN is about to get even worse!

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