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Thin skinned Dr Phil

December 13th, 2006 . by Matt

Dr Phil interviews the maker of Bum Fights but kicks him off the show after being parodied in hair style and clothing. The comment he makes about Dr Phil’s show is also dead on. This is real comedy gold but Dr Phil kicks him off the show because it offends his sense of self importance.

10 Responses to “Thin skinned Dr Phil”

  1. comment number 1 by: Malaclypse

    One time I saw part of the Bum Fights video when my buddy downloaded it off, somewhere. It’s definitely not something you feel good about yourself for watching.

    Dr. Phil is a total tool. He basically just let this guy make himself look cool at Dr. Phil’s expense.

  2. comment number 2 by: Darin

    Wait, did ‘Dr’ Phil not watch the footage before he choose to call the guy onto his show? After he calls the thing off he says, “I just watched that footage, it is absolutely despicable and I refuse to publicize that.” … He should have made that decision before he called him onto his show and, duh, publicized it.

    I’d never heard of ‘Bum Fights’ before, but I sure have now! Way ta’ go Dr. Phil, you really screwed that one up.

    The best part is CBS is trying to use this clip to increase the good doctor’s ratings.

  3. comment number 3 by: mattrosencrance


    My sentiment exactly.

    But not only that, most people just pass bums by. This guy is actually talking to them and giving them the chance for fifteen minutes of fame in a world that has discarded them or that they can’t properly function in.

    My understanding is that he’s not holding a gun to these guys’ heads. He’s just saying, “What would you do for a $20 bill?”

    Maybe people with houses have to be tempted by a $1.59 kondike bar instead to make fools of themselves for a camera and to a lesser degree.

    This isn’t even the ugly side of the free market, it’s just the less warm and fuzzy side.

  4. comment number 4 by: Matt

    It seems obvious to me that Dr Phil never intended to have a “serious dialog” with the bum fights guy. He had planned to ambush him by painting him in the worst possible light, but the bum fights guy saw it coming, and dressed and cut his hair to look just like Dr Phil to highlight the hypocrisy when Dr Phil launched the ambush. However, seeing that his guest was well prepared, he threw him off the show instead.

  5. comment number 5 by: eli

    The Bumfight videos are VERY ugly. It’s not just “offering 15 minutes of fame” it’s taking advantage of people in the worst possible way. Jumping on someone who is *asleep* and tying them up while sticking a camera in their face is not consensual. It’s unreasonable to think that offering a crack addict $20 to get a tattoo on his forehead is not coercion: the producer knows that these people are desperate and uses that desperation to make them do things that a rational person wouldn’t do. It’s exploitation plain and simple.

    That said, Dr. Phil is a dildo. No way did he not see that clip before the show, Matt’s analysis is dead-on.

  6. comment number 6 by: tomato

    The Bumfight videos are VERY ugly. It’s not just “offering 15 minutes of fame” it’s taking advantage of people in the worst possible way.


    Matt, how is Dr. Phil perceived in the US or Austraila? I don’t know the guy. Is it fun to make fun of him, because he’s kind of bullish and acting to be righteous all the time?

  7. comment number 7 by: dogbert

    “Dr.” Phil’s grating voice drives me up the wall. He’s like a male “Dr.” Laura Schlesinger.

    I’d thought the Bumfights guy was in jail.

  8. comment number 8 by: smackout

    If DR Phil truly did not want to publicize this, then this episode of DR Phil would have never aired in the first place. Thus its obvious it was a stunt to give Dr Phil points and ratings with a moral right-wing chirstian audience.

  9. comment number 9 by: hardyandtiny

    are homeless people a race?

  10. comment number 10 by: torren

    haha it’s been a while since I’ve last heard about bum fights, and while it’s pretty dirty, why would Dr. Phil invite him in the first place if he was just going to kick him off? I mean it’s not like the title of the series is misleading to what it’s generally about…he’s probably just sore at him showing up parodying his look. Thanks for the link, Matt.