Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Tom Cruise; Wilco

Ok, so I think we all knew Tom Cruise was a bit nutty. Just look at the way he laughs in his interviews. I can only describe his laughter as "aggressive". Anyway, lately he's not crazy for taking up with Katie Holmes and proposing marriage to her. That's more creepy. No, he's crazy for all his recent unhinged comments.

Ever since he dumped his manager (who told him to keep his Scientology wackiness under wraps because it's bad for business) and he hired his Scientologist sister, Tom Cruise has been drumming up all sorts of bad press. The latest is his comments on the Today Show, where he snapped at interviewer Matt Lauer. Lauer asked Cruise (I'm sure just to get a reaction and thus, ratings) about his beliefs concerning psychiatry. Cruise unleashed a response where he said, among other things,

"Scientology is something that you don't understand."
"You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do." (who the??)
"Matt, Matt, you don't even -- you're glib. You don't even know what Ritalin is. If you start talking about chemical imbalance, you have to evaluate and read the research papers on how they came up with these theories, Matt, OK. That's what I've done." (papers funded and researched by the Scientology centers, btw)
"There's no such thing as a chemical imbalance."

Excuse me? Did Tom Cruise study biology and the human brain? Who the hell is he to start telling people that there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance? I think he's living proof of its existence!

Now, I know some psychiatric drugs cause some bad side effects, but other do work effectively. So what's Tom Cruise's alternative to drugs? Vitamins!

"When you talk about postpartum [depression], 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."

So there you have it, folks! Eat your Flintstones everyday and you'll never have any problems! Hooray for Cruise and his alien-worshipping cohorts for this bit of precious scientific knowledge that will save us all!

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So I went to the Wilco show last night. This is my 4th time seeing them in concert and each time bests the last. In case you don't know, Wilco is one of the most important bands in the last few years. Their 2002 masterpiece, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, is often regarded as the best album of the year. Long story short, they're awesome and even more awesome live. Their set lasted almost 2 1/2 hours. In this era of 75 minute shows, that's HUGE. Big ups for an amazing show, charismatic frontman and all-around great music. (Big downs to the minimum $45 tshirts, though.)

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