Ellen Pompeo calls Dr Oz, Dr Phil and Dr Drew ‘out-of-touch TV docs’ for their careless COVID-19 remarks
She may be one of television’s favorite doctors, but Ellen Pompeo sure knows her responsibilities even as a fictional healthcare worker. The actress who is popular for essaying Dr Meredith Grey in the hit medical drama series, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, recently took to social media to call out a few of television’s doctors for making absurd statements on coronavirus outbreak, which she said comes across not only as inconsiderate but also ‘careless’.
Pompeo’s first tweet regarding the issue came as a response to a few statements made by Mehmet Oz, Phil McGraw and Drew Pinsky regarding the relax on the lockdown and how it “may only cost 2 to 3 percent in terms of total mortality”, during an interview with Fox News, as per CNN reports.
While Dr Oz stated in the interview, "We need our mojo back. Let's start with things that are really critical to the nation where we think we might be able to open without getting into a lot of trouble. I tell you, schools are a very appetizing opportunity."
McGraw is famously known as Dr Phil — who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, but is no longer licensed — used some random figures to support his argument about reopening the economy, saying, “The fact of the matter is we have people dying -- 45,000 people a year die from automobile accidents, 480,000 from cigarettes, 360,000 from swimming pools -- but we don't shut the country for that."
Dr Drew who had earlier compared the coronavirus to influenza and called the pandemic a “press-induced panic”, apologized for his remarks last week.
Clearly, the television’s doctors absurdity didn’t go down well with Pompeo, who in a series of tweets, has called them out for misleading the populations with their “stupid selfish sh*t” and said they need to “walk that shit right back .to your lazy boys and sit your stupid asses down in your living rooms on your golf courses where you live”.
She added through another tweet, “Also to those out of touch tv docs which I’m sure they would call me lol...you took an oath so so many years ago to do no harm... making careless statements in this environment when so many healthcare workers are suffering physically and emotionally....is defying that oath”.
Although Pompeo didn’t directly mention the names of the television’s infamous doctors in her tweets, she reshared one of the posts that were directed at Dr Drew, Dr Oz and Dr Phil and wrote, “I love this because ...They have been so busy in their dressing rooms getting their faces powdered and worrying about their ratings ...they have no idea what doctors and healthcare professionals on the front lines actually do or they just don’t care."