June 26 2005

Wackiness I tell ya!

So…yeah…Tom Cruise. Just a word of advice on your career Tom, when promoting a major Summer blockbuster film, like War Of The Worlds, it is typically a good idea to act…oh…I don’t know….SANE!!!!

Typically I don’t like getting involved in the going-ons in an actor’s life, like anyone, they are entitled to a private life. More power to them. However, when it gets to the point I can’t turn on the TV without someone discussing your…bizarre….actions, I tend to get a bit annoyed. When you go on a morning news/talk show like Today, arguing with the host, in this case Matt Lauer, is usually not a good way to endear yourself to the movie going public. If you haven’t read the transcript, or better yet, watched the video of Tom’s apperance, you should. You can find both of them here. How about some highlights though?

In discussion about Tom Cruise’s recent comments about Brooke Shields, and how she souldn’t take any medication for her postpartum depression:

Cruise: No, you see. Here’s the problem. You don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do.

Lauer: Aren’t there examples, and might not Brooke Shields be an example, of someone who benefited from one of those drugs?

Cruise: All it does is mask the problem, Matt. And if you understand the history of it, it masks the problem. That’s what it does. That’s all it does. You’re not getting to the reason why. There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance.

Lauer: So, postpartum depression to you is kind of a little psychological gobbledygook ? such thing as a chemical imbalance huh? Yep…all those years of research mean nothing. Tom Cruise…actor and medical expert.

Lauer: But a little bit of what you’re saying Tom is, you say you want people to do well. But you want them do to well by taking the road that you approve of, as opposed to a road that may work for them.

Cruise: No, no, I’m not.

Lauer: Well, if antidepressants work for Brooke Shields, why isn’t that okay?

Cruise: I disagree with it. And I think that there’s a higher and better quality of life. And I think that, promoting ? for me personally, see, you’re saying what, I can’t discuss what I wanna discuss?

You can discuss anything you want Tom, but let’s just hope it make some sort of sense. However, where do you get off publically attacking Brooke Shields for something she felt she needed? How would you feel if some other actor came out attacking you for your need to have Scientology in your life? I imagine you probably wouldn’t be too happy about it. (Please note, if you read the Scientology site, you should also really read, which will give you a another view of Scientology. (just trying to be balanced)

Lauer: No. You absolutely can.

Cruise: I know. But Matt, you’re going in and saying that, that I can’t discuss this.

Lauer: I’m only asking, isn’t there a possibility that ? do you examine the possibility that these things do work for some people? That yes, there are abuses. And yes, maybe they’ve gone too far in certain areas. Maybe there are too many kids on Ritalin. Maybe electric shock ?

Cruise: Too many kids on Ritalin? Matt.

Lauer: I’m just saying. But aren’t there examples where it works?

Cruise: Matt. Matt, Matt, you don’t even ? you’re glib. You don’t even know what Ritalin is. If you start talking about chemical imbalance, you have to evaluate and read the research papers on how they came up with these theories, Matt, okay? That’s what I’ve done. Then you go and you say where’s the medical test? Where’s the blood test that says how much Ritalin you’re supposed to get?

Um….maybe in the scientific data that you claim to have read? I don’t know, call me silly if you must, but that’s where I would look first.

You really should just go read the whole thing, it’s amazing. (Plus, if I post much more, I will be going beyond the “fair use” law.)

So what is my point to all this? Lots. I think that our celebrities are growing more and more wildly out of control. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes pretty much are the current poster children for this. Celebrities have gotten to a point where they feel they can go around saying anything they want without any sort of ramifications.

There a lot of reasons why certain opinions should be kept to yourself if you are in the public eye at all. I am a business owner, and I know some customers might not shop with me if I publically said what political party I belong to. So, to make sure I don’t annoy my customers, I keep my mouth shut about politics. Before Tom goes shooting his mouth off about psychology, he should perhaps ponder what this might do to his career. I, for one, will not be seeing his new film, or any of his future films because he has annoyed me to such an extent. There are also lots of rumors circulating that Katie Holmes probably won’t be invivted back for the Batman Begins follow-up due to her recent actions.

It’s up to each person to decide if this bothers them. Every person in this country has a right to their own opinions and has the right to express them. Each person should also realize though, sometimes it is best to not go on a highly rated morning talk show and essentially call the host a moron. And to attack another celebrity for seeking medical help that you don’t believe in? Or for that matter, basically saying that anyone on these meds is in the wrong? Just not a smart move in my not-so-humble opinion.

(For added fun, read Al Roker’s take on this at his blog, scroll down to June 24th)

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