Last night, our good friend Dr. Phil got in a teensy-weensy bit of trouble for tweeting out the following question: “If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teensaccused.” Oh did I say teensy-weensy bit of trouble? I’m sorry, I meant that his tweet inspired an entire trending topic devoted to people attempting to ask questions even more inane than that.
The key word here is attempting. While many of the current questions that you can find in #DrPhilQuestions are totally hilar, they’re still not coming close to the one Dr. Phil asked. Because in case it’s too early in the morning for you to comprehend what he asked, I’ll give you the cliff notes version: “Dudes, is sexual assault cool or yes? Okay fine, you can say no, but bros, seriously!”
Obviously the ensuing shitstorm forced someone on his team to come out last night, delete the tweet and make a statement about Dr. Phil’s message. According to Buzzfeed, a spokesperson said the tweet got totally misinterpreted. It’s a very serious topic that Dr. Phil’s treating very seriously on a very serious episode of his very serious show, The Wildly Serious Dr. Phil.
And honestly, it’s probably our fault for not taking this tweet more seriously. It’s obvi meant to provoke super serious conversation about sexual assault! Haven’t you heard? Twitter’s the best place to address the idea of consent. (Also the best place to give #tipstonewdirectioners and #mentionsomeonebeautiful.) Sure you only get 140 characters to get your point across, but do you really need more space than that to talk about this
upcoming episode issue? I vote no.
However I voted yes to the other deleted tweet from last night that Dr. Phil’s rumored to have sent out: ”If friend is being super cheap at a large birthday dinner and refusing to split the bill evenly, is it OK to murder her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teensaccused.”