9:21 am - 02/12/2013

Is Dr. Phil Taking Advantage of Alabama Kidnapping Victim?

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So, I used to live in Dothan, AL, a few minutes from Midland City, where Ethan was kidnapped and a lot of my family still lives there. My uncle was one of the first police officers on scene and was there until the end. Anyway, I'm friends with a few of Ethan's family members on Facebook and his aunt had some things to say that I found interesting. I hope this is post worthy!

These are from his aunts Facebook. She has made these posts public on her profile so more people could see them and share. You can check them out here

"I would like to thank everyone for your prayers for Ethan and our family. Thank you to Mr. Poland, a true American hero! I have been praying for his family, that God would ease their pain and give them comfort at this time of sorrow! I have been praying for all of the children that were on the school bus as well! I would especially like to say thank you to the Wiregrass Angel House, the District Attorney's office, and ALL of the law enforcement agencies that have helped us throughout this crisis!

There has been many things said, some true and some false. We have not been able to heal as a family. This is what I do know. Dr. Phil Mcgraw flew into Dothan, Al and had my sister, Ethan's mother, go to Montgomery, Al for an interview. After speaking with Ethan's mother on the phone, she informed me that she and Ethan would be headed to Texas to meet with doctors. With everything that has happened, I feel that my sister is not currently in the right frame of mind to make these types of decisions. I feel that she and Ethan have been taken advantage of. I only wish the very best for Ethan, and I do not think that taking him away from the people who love him most is the best for him.

Please feel free to share this post and continue praying for all of the people involved!"

Ethan's Aunt Vickie

The preview for the episode, which airs tomorrow.

"This is what I wrote to Dr. Phil under Ask Dr Phil. I'm sure he wont read it, but I felt I had to try. Wanted you to see it. Hope it was okay.

I have never been a big fan of yours. I thought when you first came on the Oprah show you were okay. But never my cup of tea. But others think you're some type of super healer for the emotionally sick. Being a doctor of psychology, I feel the way you have handled the family of Ethan Gillman is reprehensible. Your promo for this story, "How will this family move forward after this ordeal?" What a joke! You would have to ask the family. Not the mother. You would need to find out the dynamics of the entire family before you could responsibly answer the question. You would have to speak with the maternal grandmother who has been the most involved person in his life for the past 4 years. But you didn't. Your handlers of this story made sure no one else in the family was spoken with about this case.

I thought you were here to help families? I thought you were here to make positive changes in this child's life? When you spoke with the grown brother the night of the abduction, he thought you were sincere when you said you wanted to help.

The family understands the angle of the media and the angle of some local politicians. But they didn't realize that your show was cut from the same cloth as those such as 20/20 and 60 minutes.

How sad that when all the cameras are gone and all the politicians who wanted to have their picture made with "Dr. Phil" have went on to other prey, it will be the real family who will be here to deal with Ethan and his special needs.

And since you didn't take any time with these family members they will have to continue to go it alone and do the best they can. How sad! You should be ashamed!"

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You can read the full story about Ethan's kidnapping here.
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sunktheglow 12th-Feb-2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
ia making it even worse that my dad looks so much like him that when he was a principal all his students called him dr. phil. I HAD TO GROW UP LOOKING AT THIS FACE

Edited at 2013-02-12 03:30 pm (UTC)
imnotasquirrel 12th-Feb-2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
omg i am so sorry for your ordeal bb
fred2265 12th-Feb-2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
anchellada 12th-Feb-2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
i feel like he takes advantage of a lot of people.
superdogbiter 12th-Feb-2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
can't we just leave the kid alone
fabouluz 12th-Feb-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Exploiting young children...no surprises there.
alkalinecupcake 12th-Feb-2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
urgh, don't even have to read the article and already that face makes me angry.

just in time to use this.

eggtard 12th-Feb-2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
bahaha is that chastain?
alkalinecupcake 12th-Feb-2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
hahah yeah! from the between 2 ferns oscar buzz edition part 2. ;))
distant_lines 12th-Feb-2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
Ugh, he freaking would.
backtoblack 12th-Feb-2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
Jerry Springer with a degree....and more exploitative at that.
cukoo4cocopuffs 12th-Feb-2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
That is exactly how I feel! He basically is just Jerry Springer with higher profile guests. All he's done this year is make every show about the book he published through his son's publishing company (which wouldn't exist if his Daddy wasn't Phil). Sorry Dr. Phil, there is already a name for the "Baiters" you speak of: they are called SOCIOPATHS. Good on you for trying though.

(sorry about the rant....I do find some of his topics interesting but completely disagree with how he handles it and how he publicizes his book every chance he gets).
anchellada 12th-Feb-2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
AND he never stops talking about his sons band like anybody cares.
backtoblack 12th-Feb-2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
I totally agree, I hate how he represents psychology and his entire persona.
williammiller 12th-Feb-2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
My mom and I make bets as to how long into the show he'll start to plug his book. He promotes it every segment, and you can see the guest's eyes gloss over when he gives the spiel about his son Jay.

I'm watching the show right now. It's 4:02pm and he already talked about the book and BAITERS.

Edited at 2013-02-12 09:04 pm (UTC)
lillylilacs 12th-Feb-2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
when doesn't he exploit people and their tragedies
anagram42 12th-Feb-2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
didnt even have to read the post to know the title is accurate tbh
americnxidiot 12th-Feb-2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
it's dr. phil. of course he is.
elvenqueen86 12th-Feb-2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm shocked. SHOCKED!

It's Dr. Phil, he's an opportunistic fuck.
noneformethanx 12th-Feb-2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
OMG that poor kid. Who knows what was done to him during his captivity. No need to blast him all over TV. As a parent I would want to protect him from the media. But that's just me. Leave the kid alone. He has aspbergers. He doesn't need this bullshit
punishermax 12th-Feb-2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
Here's a puzzler:

Who is a worse human being Dr. Phil or Nancy Grace?

I lean to Grace
pastelward 12th-Feb-2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
phil. only because nancy's "the devil is dancing in hell tonight" or whatever tweet after casey anthony got off is a classic.
punishermax 12th-Feb-2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
Nancy Grace caused a woman to kill herself though.
buncha_cruncha 12th-Feb-2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
I think we should just send both of them to a deserted island somewhere and let them duke it out forever
joliebelle 12th-Feb-2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
Dr. Phil because he has a degree in a field where you are held to high ethical regard and he fucked that up.
anchellada 12th-Feb-2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
idk grace makes me wanna punch her face more.
littlepunkryo 12th-Feb-2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
God they are both so terrible, but I lean towards Nancy Grace because I feel like she's genuinely a vicious, nasty person who likes inflicting emotional suffering on people and gets off on it.
ponpiri 12th-Feb-2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
DP is slipping. He's just like Dr. Drew but is usually better at hiding his famewhore ways.
umbrella_smile 12th-Feb-2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
It makes me giggle when people call him DP
ponpiri 12th-Feb-2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
lol you nasty
bellyroomfan 12th-Feb-2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
if DP is dr. drew then i could not agree more. he is such a fame whoring asshole and his advice is terrible! i can't believe i had a crush on him back in his loveline on mtv days.
backincharge 12th-Feb-2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
I thought his show ended years ago tbh. oop.
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