The internet is buzzing about Dina Lohan’s recent stinkbomb of an interview with Dr. Phil. In the interview, she comes across as mentally unhinged, confused, and possibly influenced by a controlled substance. Dina clearly needs help, but Dr. Phil is just as guilty of poor judgement in this situation: having Dina on the show is sad and strange, not to mention exploitative.
My number one complaint with this situation: why the hell is it relevant? I haven’t heard much about Lindsay or her family in months. Even if there were some kind of relevant tie-in, the fact that Dr. Phil is giving the obviously disturbed and fame-hungry Dina Lohan a platform is ill-advised, to say the least. I mean, I get that trainwrecks generate controversy which generates publicity which generates viewers, but this woman and her situation are way beyond trainwreck. She’s the wannabe-famous mother of an actually famous (and equally as messed up) daughter: Dina’s such a trainwreck that her trainwreckness is now boring and commonplace. People don’t care about her anymore, as crazy as she may be.
Secondly, Dr. Phil’s exploitation of her is deplorable for a mental health professional. Not only is he rude and condescending to her throughout the interview, it doesn’t seem like he has any real interest in helping Dina discuss her abusive relationship or problem-riddled past. His main interest in this interview seems to be to let Dina ramble and say incoherent things, which he then calls her out on. Would a “a highly-trained professional,” as he calls himself in the interview, really try to help a patient or a client in that way? I’d say no, but of course Dr. Phil’s interest here is not motivated by any genuine professional concern: his motivation is his position as a television personality. Not that different from Dina herself, to be honest: two media whores participating in an exploitative interview where they both come off as sad, pathetic and misguided.
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