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Douche of the Week: The Dr. Phil Show
Last Friday morning, Nick posted a little gem of wisdom on the Ranger Up Facebook page. To quote him directly, “Hey Dr. Phil, go fuck yourself!” As I started reading, it lead me to another post by Cassie over at You Served. I quickly read the article and could quite literally feel my blood start to boil.
You see, I have PTSD, have dealt with the effects of it for quite some time and have even shared my trials and tribulations with you in an article “I Have PTSD…So What.” Cassie’s piece referenced the Dr. Phil show which aired last Thursday entitled “From Heroes to Monsters?” The premise of the show was to reveal the stories of 3 combat veterans and their personal struggles after returning from war. I watched the trailer for the show and vinegar began spewing from my nether regions and steam from my ears. At first thought, I was going to rip Dr. Phil a new one. But instead, I think I will simply doucheify Dr. Phil and more so his producers for airing a show that not only creates a disservice to our service-members, but once again feeds the media virus of stupidity.
Now before I begin this dissection of douchetastic disdain, I want you to know that I have watched suffered through the full episode of the show so this is not based on a thirty second clip or a skimming of reviews on the show. To begin with, I don’t agree with the airing of personal problems on a national stage. Mental health issues are best dealt with by mental health professionals in a setting that is conducive to therapy, not some hack that has to bring in seventeen “real” professionals to substantiate and reaffirm his own cockamamie douchefuckary on a sound stage in Hollywood. I also question the agenda of the guests. Are they looking to make a quick buck by exaggerating symptoms of PTSD at the behest of the producers or are they truly suffering the effects of PTSD? I don’t know.
My biggest problem with this entire show is the fucking editing. Each person told their story but it was edited into something a lot more than what it actually was. Case in point, the part where Mark was talking about how he was relieved from his machine gun as he had been carrying it all day and he swapped positions with the HUMVEE driver for a bit. It then immediately jumped to talking about pulling the (presumed) same soldier out of the driver’s compartment in a Bradley and how it was Mark’s fault that the soldier died.
WTF people – there is a little difference between a wheeled vehicle and that of an Infantry Fighting Vehicle. It was quick and only a trained ear would have caught it, but it was there. Why did you take two separate encounters and splice them into one…to sensationalize it maybe? Dumb-asses!
What about the part where Matt was having a discussion on stage with Dr. Fillmywallet and reveals how he feels that he is a burden to his family? Why in the fuck would you cut to tape that displays Matt holding a rifle while simultaneously injecting the sound of a shot-gun slide? Even if Matt was not suicidal, you sure made him out to be. Do you not realize that suicide is a major epidemic in our armed forces and that you are just exacerbating it to the general I-don’t-do-anything-but-sit-on-my-ass-and-watch-TV- all-day American public? Where are the standards in broadcasting?
Look you mental midgets, PTSD sucks, we get that and we know it as we live it every freaking day and night. But if you don’t know what the hell you are talking about, head on over to the fridge and grab a tall, cool bottle of STFU. It is shows like this that will discourage that service member who really needs help and is about to reach out but is instead called a “monster” on a nationally syndicated TV show. We don’t want your pity; we don’t want your sympathy. All we want is for you to recognize that we too are people and even though you like to think that we have all gone from “Heroes to Monsters,” it is quite the contrary, dick-smacks!
If you agree with me, why don’t you drop ole Dr. Douchebag a little note on his contact page? Tell him Ranger Up sent you! What would be even better is if you copied your email into the comments below!
Dr. Phil and staff, I hereby sentence you to Douchebagistan. There are many, many people there that could greatly use your editing techniques and one-on-one counseling sessions to enhance their already douchey existence.