What Tom Cruise Doesn't Know Might Hurt You
It's practically a religion in and of itself for undereducated and egotistic movie stars to weigh in on politics and other cultural issues because they've been stroked their whole professional lives into believing that regular people give a shit about what they have to say.
However, what Tom Cruise said recently in regards to Brooke Shields's battle with post-partum depression is truly astounding. Now, I'm about as likely to pick up a book by Brooke as I am to pick up a book by Christopher Atkins. She's not exactly a brain or an expert on much. Hell, she's not even a good actress. Still, my disdain for her talent and her writing skills shouldn't stop her from telling a story if she has one, and it seems that her book, "Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression" addresses one of those women's issues that never got any play until Andrea Yates drowned all her kids. It's typical of our culture, isn't it? It's not interesting until somebody has been killed in a way that makes a good TV Movie of the Week.
Shields's recovery from her depression involved taking the drug Paxil. Apparently, this doesn't sit well with Tom Cruise and he felt compelled to express this in public as if he has some particular moral high ground. Tom Cruise claiming the moral high ground is like Ken Lay taking the ethical high ground. How many times has Tommy boy been divorced anyway? Look, jackass, being on Oprah doesn't absolve you of shit.
Here is what Cruise had to say about Shields: "These drugs are dangerous. I have actually helped people come off." Cruise explained, "When you talk about postpartum, you can take people today, women, and what you do is you use vitamins. There is a hormonal thing that is going on, scientifically, you can prove that. But when you talk about emotional, chemical imbalances in people, there is no science behind that. You can use vitamins to help a woman through those things."
Not only is Cruise not a doctor, I don't think he's ever played one. The foundation for this statement comes from Cruise's faith in the Church of Scientology, which opposes the use of drugs such as Paxil. Frankly, I have no opinion on the Church of Scientology. As I think all religions are basically full of shit, the fact that Scientology has been quite often accused of being a cult rather than a "true religion" isn't really a differentiation I care about.
What is true though, is that Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, was a well-documented liar. Among other things, he lied about being a nuclear physicist and lied about his war record. One key declaration is that he healed his own combat wounds by mental powers alone. So be it. However, Cruise is essentially parroting one of Hubbard's long-standing medical claims. In a 1957 lecture, Hubbard claimed that radiation sickness and cancer could be cured with a vitamin mixture called "Dianazene":
"� Man can overcome [radiation] biochemically ... That stuff is Dianazene ... We have this factor of a biochemical assist which is pretty good, offers a great deal of promise, and we have ... to a marked degree, overwhelmed this beast called nuclear physics and radiation."
[L. Ron Hubbard, Control, Communication and Havingness Part I, lecture of April 12, 1957. Source: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Cowen/essays/radiation.html]
The belief that vitamins can cure radiation sickness, cancer and postpartum depression is a well-established psychological condition that is known widely in the medical community as CFH, short for "completely fucked in the head." L. Ron Hubbard was CFH. Tom Cruise is also CFH. If Tom Cruise wants to give advice on what makes Katie Holmes hot or what Nicole Kidman likes for breakfast, that's fine. Write a book about it. However, on behalf of all sane people everywhere, I respectfully request that Tom Cruise and any other megastars with absolutely no knowledge or training in medicine or whatever other subject may be bothering their puny little minds, shut their mouths and keep their stupid, backwards, malformed, mystical, bullshit ideas to themselves.
Tom Cruise, you are a pathetic and shockingly ignorant man. Shut the fuck up.