May 22, 2008
Once I heard that child molester, Grandpa Al, was back on Dr. Phil to state his case, I was ready for Dr. Phil to lay on the “get real” rhetoric. In fact, I was looking forward to having Al put in his place. However, the Dr. Phil Show made a conscious decision to treat this family with dignity and respect. Unlike “The Sister In Law From Hell” family, Dr. P did not use them as “teaching tools.” In spite of the polygraph results from the last show, Dr. Phil only recommended pastoral counseling for Al, and separate counseling for Al’s wife. Ditto for Sherry-Lynn and her husband. What disturbed me was that Dr. Phil did not recommend (at least publicly) that Grandpa Al stay away from his 12 year old grandson, Parker. What about protecting the children? Dr. Phil always says he’s on the side of the children. If their situation takes a turn for the worse, CPS will be very interested in this episode.
Did anyone catch the “Brat Camp” episode? A couple of those kids were scary.
April 25, 2008
Confronting Grandpa—Even though the content of today’s show registered high on the creep-me-out meter, I sucked it up and watched the second part of the child molestation story. Parker (a 12 year old child molester) is not at fault for being born to a mother (Sherry-Lynn) who was molested by a crazy, Bible thumping father (Al). Parker’s grandmother admitted that she should have gone to jail for not protecting Sherry-Lynn (duh), and her lack of awareness was unforgivable (double-duh). Al insisted that he is not a pedophile because he’s not molesting right now. By that logic, a bank robber is not a bank robber if he is not robbing a bank right now. Al referred to his blood relations being important, but Dr. Phil didn’t pick up on the implications of that phrase. I used to work at a shelter for battered women and children and I remember a woman telling me that her Uncle (a preacher) felt he could do what he wanted to do his “relations.” (Ironically, this man also beat his children with an extension cord) Within this warped view, Al is guilty only if he is molesting people outside his family. However, the polygraph revealed that Al’s proclamations of innocence were “deceptive.” Welcome to the real world, Al; maybe this summer you can teach that Bible class after all–in prison!
Still Waiting for my Dr. Phil Lite,