Saturday, June 25, 2005

Cruise-i-fied

The fallout from Tom Cruise's public descent into madness continues today, as CNN, The New York Times, the New York Daily News and a host of media outlets reported--and commented on--the tension-filled Matt Lauer interview on Friday's "Today" show.

The Daily News was the most outraged at the Cruise Missile's antics, referring to him in their headline as "a pill," and calling him "pompous" and "arrogant," which he totally was, and then getting doctors to rebut his outrageous claims that the modern treatment of mental illness is a "pseudoscience":
Is "War of the Worlds" star Tom Cruise lost in space?

The superstar Scientologist flipped out on the "Today" show yesterday, pompously lecturing Matt Lauer about the evils of psychiatry - and scolding actress Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants.

"You don't know the history of psychiatry," the actor arrogantly told the newsman. "I do."

Cruise, 42, was on the NBC morning show to talk about his upcoming sci-fi flick and his quickie engagement to ingénue Katie Holmes, 26.

But the interview took a bizarre turn when Lauer questioned Cruise on critical comments he's made about Shields and her memoir about overcoming postpartum depression...

The high school dropout launched into a diatribe about mental illness - calling psychiatry a "pseudoscience" and anti-depressants "very dangerous."

He insisted there's no such thing as a chemical imbalance and argued that mood disorders can be cured with "vitamins, exercise and various things."

He didn't say whether one of those things is Scientology, the religion that says humans are plagued by the souls of dead aliens who invaded the planet 75 million years ago...

Dr. Margaret Spinelli of the New York Psychiatric Institute's maternal mental health program said, "science at every level" has demonstrated that postpartum depression stems from a chemical imbalance that medication can correct in 80% of the cases.

"Brooke Shields did a great service for women by writing the book and talking about her illness," Spinelli said. "She should be getting praise, not pushed down for it."

Heh. They are so snarky to point out that T.C. is a high-school dropout. And I love how a person who has given over his life--and now, perhaps, his career--to a "psuedo-religion" like Scientology has the gall to call psychiatry a "pseudoscience."

I also agree heartily with Dr. Margeret Spinelli that Cruise is big ole beyotch for making disparaging remarks about Brooke Shields' post-partum depression treatment. Hey Tommy Boy, do you really think someone like Andrea Yates (the Texas woman who drowned all five of her children in the midst of post-partum depression) would have benefitted more from vitamins, exercise, and e-meter readings than from some serious anti-depressants? I guess you really do, you jerk. The thought that your asinine beliefs might contribute to further demonizing this disease makes me sick. If memory serves, Yates, too, came from a highly religious family that "didn't believe" in psychiatric treatment and/or brain drugs. God, I'm really beginning to despise Tom Cruise!

Interestingly, the NY Times seemed to find the C-Man's remarks "enjoyably bracing" and full of "candor." Have I mentioned that I sometimes hate the NY Times? Here's the take of their writer Alessandra Stanley:
So that's what Tom Cruise really looks like.

He is a passionate, stubborn, true believer, who can lecture Matt Lauer about the perils of Ritalin, psychiatry and talk-show-host glibness.

Whatever else it may do - or undo - for the movie star, Mr. Cruise's off-message, antidrug performance on "Today" yesterday on NBC cleared up one misconception about L. Ron Hubbard's mysterious church: Scientology does not command loyalty from celebrities by protecting their privacy and whitewashing their image.

Mr. Cruise seemed unbound, and perhaps even a little unsound, but there was something enjoyably bracing and bold about his outburst. It was as jarring as his crazy-in-love ode to the actress Katie Holmes on Oprah Winfrey's show last month, and that was perhaps the most e-mailed video clip since the Howard Dean Scream. But this latest display of kookiness lent the actor new credibility: his over-the-top declarations of love may look to some like a publicity stunt, but there was nothing self-serving or career-enhancing about his rant with Mr. Lauer...

And, actually, he had a point. Morning talk show hosts are facile and heavily scripted, and too often they recite streams of perceived wisdom as if they were undeniable facts. Mr. Lauer showed grace but not much intellectual skill as he was out-debated by a Hollywood actor who described psychiatry as a pseudoscience and said vitamins and exercise could cure postpartum depression.

But Mr. Lauer was also lucky. Mr. Cruise provided exactly what talk show hosts are supposed to elicit from celebrity guests and so rarely do: sincerity..."

Oh, for f**k's sake! My God, Ms. Stanley, you certainly have a different veiwpoint on this public display of pomposity and dangerously Luddite-like insanity than anyone else I've talked to or read about. Yes, it was interesting to see a top-level--perhaps the top-level--superstar of our day (he was voted "Greatest Living Movie Star" by Premiere magazine recently, which must be fabulous news to Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, and Paul Newman, among many other older, better greats) veer off-message and really speak his mind. It's just that his mind is the size of a peanut, and what an ugly, deformed, crazy lil' peanut it is!

I also don't think his strenuous argument that he knows a better way to treat mental illness gives him more "credibility." Yes, you're right, he doesn't seem to be self-serving--he seems to have lost his tiny peanut-sized mind! It does show that he doesn't seem to give a crap about his vaunted career as much as he used to, but that does not mean he's "credible." J'accuse, Ms. Alessandra Stanley, j'accuse! You are giving validation to the rantings and ravings of a lunatic. A luuuuuuuunatic! You should be ashamed of yourself. You, too, NY Times, for printing her crappy article and giving it even a semblance of respectability. For shame!

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(via China Daily. Yes, everyone around the globe is freaking out about the Cruise!)

And now for something to take your mind off of this whole fiasco! Page Six reports that Dave Chapelle opened his act at a Dayton, Ohio comedy club with this line:

"I'm the only missing black guy they've ever looked for."

You know, I think he may be right! Sigh. Giggle, giggle. Sigh.

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"Yes, I killed them, and I hope they burn in hell! I'm Samuel L. Jackson!"

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