Dr. Phil Slammed on Twitter for Asking If It's "OK to Have Sex" With a Drunk Girl

Celebrity News Aug. 21, 2013 AT 1:30PM
Dr. Phil McGraw on April 26, 2010 Dr. Phil was slammed on Twitter Aug. 20 after asking, "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her?" Credit: Donna Ward/Getty

Well, he certainly got an answer. Dr. Phil McGraw was slammed by some of his Twitter followers on Tuesday, Aug. 20 after conducting a hugely controversial flash poll via the social networking site. Buzzfeed reports that the 62-year-old pop psychologist and talk show host tweeted, "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teensaccused." 

McGraw immediately received angry replies of "No, it's never OK." One follower wrote, "DrPhil The answer is No, Never you jack--. And then you kick whoever asked you in the throat. #teensaccused."

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Dr. Phil has since deleted the tweet, and a spokesman for his syndicated talk show released a statement to Buzzfeed addressing the incident. "This tweet was intended to evoke discussion leading into a very serious show topic. It was not intended to be taken lightly," the spokesperson said. "It's based upon a recent news story, hence the #teensaccused label." 

Some Dr. Phil fans are now defending the star for his question. "I consider myself a feminist and think that @DrPhil's tweet was aimed as a poll to be discussed, not promoting rape culture," one woman tweeted.

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Dr. Phil frequently posts controversial questions on Twitter to facilitate discussion and promote upcoming episodes of his show. On Wednesday he asked, "Have you ever experienced abuse by a stepparent? How was it resolved? Reply to @drphil with #stepparentabuse."

A change.org petition has been made demanding Dr. Phil to issue an apology, arguing, "There is no question, Dr Phil: rape is rape."

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