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Dr Phil embroiled in Twitter outrage

22 August 2013, 10:01

Los Angeles - The self-help guru seems to be getting more advice than he gives in the Twitter-sphere.

Dr Phil, famous for his show where he helps people that have suffered through various traumas and psychological problems, tweeted a poll question for an upcoming show theme on Tuesday that left social media users furious:

He deleted the tweet soon after it became clear that people viewed his rape question as apologist.
His show's spokesperson responded to Buzfeed's enquiry about the tweet and responded with the following:

"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."

Steubenville rape case

The question of intoxication in a rape case became a massive public discussion in the US during the trial of teenagers Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond who were accused of sexually assaulting a drunk 16-year-old and taking and distributing photos of the act through social media.

The two football stars were found guilty and sentenced to two years and one year respectively in juvenile detention, but the case has divided opinion on alcohol's effect on sexual consent and the power of football teams in small communities.

- Channel24


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