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Brooke Shields is my new hero.

Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise’s “Today” show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child. In an op-ed piece published Friday in The New York Times, Shields criticized what she called Cruise’s “ridiculous rant.”

Cruise had criticized the actress for taking the drugs, and became particularly passionate about the issue in an interview on “Today” last week.

“You don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do,” Cruise told Matt Lauer.

He went on to say there was no such thing as chemical imbalances that need to be corrected with drugs, and that depression could be treated with exercise and vitamins.

“I’m going to take a wild guess and say that Mr. Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression,” Shields wrote.

She added that Cruise’s comments “are a disservice to mothers everywhere. To suggest that I was wrong to take drugs to deal with my depression, and that instead I should have taken vitamins and exercised shows an utter lack of understanding about postpartum depression and childbirth in general.”

Not only is Cruise an intellectual lightweight and pseudocultist, he has no basic understanding of modern science beyond what the cult has taught him. No doubt he sneers at others as not being independent thinkers while he is purging Xenu’s crystals from his heart.

Cruise is also a sad case of nepotism gone awry. He fired his publicist and hired his sister in her stead. Now she gives him free rein to commit career suicide.

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Erick Erickson

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  • Erick,
    I am no fan of Cruise and he has certainly been insensitive as it relates to Brooke Shields. But do you really disagree with him on the substantive issue of psychotropic drugs that our society overuses? Do we really want to medicate everyone? We already drug our children and claim they have a mental illness of ADD when in most cases the kids are simply hyper and need more discipline and structure.

    I also don’t think that Cruise hiring his sister as his publicist is a good example of nepotism; it’s not like he is some large company that would ordinarily solicit people looking for jobs. Him hiring his sister is no different than me hiring my brother to be my accountant or my mom to be my attorney. That isn’t nepotism.

    All that being said, Tom Cruise is freaky! 🙂

  • As Tom Cruise is such an ardent Scientologist I wonder what his religion counsels about divorce? He has been divorced twice already! Don’t Scientologists seek “ministerial” counciling for maritial problems? Scientology has stacks of books (they sell, and not inexpensive either) you would think that family relations would be addressed in some of them.
    Miguel Mena, Los Angeles.