“If a girl is drunk, is it ok to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @DrPhil” — and it with that 90 character tweet, the TV doc set off a fire storm, prompting a massive response.
One user quipped, “If Dr. Phil asks a hateful misogynistic question – is it ok to rename him Dr. Landphil?”
While another tweeted, “Dr. Oz was saving lives today and Dr. Phil is trying to hook up with drunk girls where is @oprah she needs to have an emergency team meeting.”
Dr. Phil later deleted the tweet in an effort to brush off the controversy – causing an even louder uproar.
What he didn’t do — was tweet an apology for posting the question in the first place. Instead a representative issued a statement explaining, the tweet was “intended to evoke discussion” for an upcoming episode.
It’s a lesson many high-profile names and average Joes alike are still learning as we live in a time of “no-take backs.”
Once you tweet, Facebook, Instagram – whatever, it never really disappears online. Just ask Anthony Weiner.
The act of tweeting and deleting has long tarnished many a social cred with many experts writing off offenders as amateurs who don’t know how to use the system.