On November 18th, the Dr. Phil show is set to air a special on former actress Shelley Duvall. Prior to the episode, the program released this disturbing promo that illustrates how desperately Duvall needs help (from an actual doctor). The clips also perpetuate the dangerous stigmatization of mental illness.
Now people are calling on the Dr. Phil show to pull the episode before it airs, citing that the program is exploiting Duvall in the name of good ratings and entertainment. Farrow, who works as a journalist, took to his Twitter to urge people not to tune in to the program.
Instead, he is encouraging folks to look back on some of the extraordinary work Duvall has done while she was active as an actress.
Farrow is not the only one urging people to skip today's episode. Vivan Kubrick, daughter of The Shining director Stanley Kubrick, is also requesting a boycott of the show.