July 1 2005

Brooke Shields Strikes Back At Tom Cruise

I really don’t care much for celebrity news anymore, but after Tom Cruise’s insane ramblings on the Today show last week, this has just been too amusing to watch.

Now, Brooke Shields is firing back at Cruise. This AFP article gives all the details. My favorite part though, that I have to point out, is:

“While Mr. Cruise says that Mr. Lauer and I do not ‘understand the history of psychiatry,’ I’m going to take a wild guess and say that Mr. Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression,” quipped Shields in her commentary.

I am glad to see she finally said something back to Cruise, he needed to learn he shouldn’t be talking about things he doesn’t understand.

According to another article, he recieved a warm welcome in Australia, while promoting War Of The Worlds, from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). Seems they took exception to his comments. Gee, wonder why.

Even members of Congress are suggesting Tom shut up according to this article.

?It is unfortunate that Tom Cruise has sought to use his celebrity to once again negatively reinforce the unfortunate stigma associated with mental illness,? said Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), co-chair of the (The Congressional Mental Health) caucus. ?Mr. Cruise is correct in saying that some of the drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders can be abused, but these same drugs have been beneficial to countless numbers of people who can now focus on their work in school or on the job.?

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), a psychologist and the other co-chair of the caucus, took issue with Cruise?s apparent belief that attitude adjustment alone can overcome mental illness.

?If this was the case, mental illnesses would have been cured during the time of the Salem witch trials,? Murphy remarked.

So, let’s see, he’s angered other celebrities, doctors and members of congress. Is anyone taking Tom’s side though? There is! According to another story on Brooke Shields, Kelly Preston is coming to his defense.

In an interview with AP Radio Wednesday night, Kelly Preston, who is also a Scientologist, defended the actor’s “Today” show comments about Shields. “If you’re going to be advocating drugs, which she does in her book, you need to be responsible for also telling the people of the potential risks.”

Preston also said Cruise’s heated debate with Lauer was “very helpful because it’s just raised awareness. People are talking about it now, and that’s what they should be.”

“Whatever your political, social or religious background, this is an issue that affects all of us,” she said. “It is not just a Scientology issue.”

Oh, another Scientologist. Well…I guess she counts.

So, with all these people speaking out against Cruise, you would think his movie would be doing bad. Wrong. $45 Million in the first two days accoriding to Box Office Mojo. Oh well…they won’t be getting any money from me.

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