Tom Cruise: Enough Already!
I’m so glad that other people are speaking out about Tom Cruise and his insensitivity, and downright… well, stupidity! After Tom’s go-round with Matt Lauer, where Matt kept his dignity while Tom pretty much flew off the handle, Al Roker’s comment was that Tom is not a med student, and needs to stay out of other people’s business. And the APA, (The American Psychiatric Association) the ones who really needed to respond, finally spoke up. Got this quote from the People Magazine entertainment alert: “On behalf of the 36,000-physician-strong APA, the group’s president, Dr. Steven Sharfstein, said in a statement: “It is irresponsible for Mr. Cruise to use his movie publicity tour to promote his own ideological views and deter people with mental illness from getting the care they need.” The rebuke from the APA went on to challenge Cruise’s assertion that psychiatry lacks scientific merit. “Rigorous, published, peer-reviewed research clearly demonstrates that treatment (of mental illness) works,” the APA statement said. “It is unfortunate that in the face of this remarkable scientific and clinical progress that a small number of individuals and groups persist in questioning its legitimacy.” ” I am so appalled that I considered boycotting Tom’s new movie “The War of the Worlds.” But what the heck? I want to see the movie! And I’m certainly not going to let Tom Cruise influence me on this matter or any other.