Tom Cruise: His Intelligence Knows No Bounds

June 27th, 2005 // 20 Comments

I haven’t touched upon Tom Cruise’s bout with Matt Lauer on the Today yet. I wanted to give myself a day or two to soak everything in, that Tom Cruise had to say. I should have known; I still think that Tom Cruise is a fucked up freak.

Here’s a sampling of Tom’s googley-gook:

When Lauer mentioned Cruise’s earlier criticism of Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants. Cruise told Lauer he didn’t know what he was talking about. “You don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do,” Cruise said.

The interview became more heated when Lauer, who said he knew people who had been helped by the attention-deficit disorder drug Ritalin, asked Cruise about the effects of the drug. “Matt, Matt, you don’t even — you’re glib,” Cruise responded. “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.”

When asked if he could be with someone at this stage in his life who doesn’t have an interest in the Church of Scientology — girlfriend Katie Holmes has said she’s embracing the religion — Cruise told Lauer: “Scientology is something that you don’t understand. It’s like you could be a Christian and be a Scientologist.” “It is a religion. Because it’s dealing with the spirit. You as a spiritual being. It gives you tools you can use to apply to your life.”

Oh, where do I begin. First off, Tom took all of Matt’s comments as if they were a personal attack on him. Second, where the fuck is you’re PhD in psychiatry? Third, Tom must have had a really bad experience with Ritalin. While I agree, it’s prescribed way too often for kids, there are a good number who have benefited from the drug. So to sweepingly dismiss the drug, is just unfair. Fourth, Tom kept saying that Matt didn’t understand. Ah, Tom, Matt’s an interviewer who is asking you questions. Matt is not claiming to the the “expert” that you claim to be. Matt is sane. Fifth, when someone is so defensive our their beliefs, you immediately want to question them. Who knew that drugs, science and psychiatry were connected?

As a side note. Unbelievably, Tom has never met an alien.

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By Miu von Furstenberg
  1. ella

    The last couple of weeks I have really started to hate TomKat. After watching the clip from the Today Show, I officially hate him. How can he sit there and say he understands and knows all about psychiatry but insists no one else does? He is nothing but a condesending little f&ck! I wish he would fix his “one tooth in the middle” of his mouth – maybe I could stand to look at him.

  2. /-\Alexander/-\

    Poor Tom. For a man who prides himself on his “intelligence”, it’s a shame he didn’t even GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL. Haha.

  3. ap

    Alexander:
    You took the words right out of my mouth. Forget a PhD in Psychology, this fool is a high-school dropout! I’m so sick of he and Katie/Kate, I could actually die.

  4. Brian

    Remind me NOT to watch “The View” on friday.TomKat will be on a “pre-taped” show.I don’t think I can take the sight of Star Jones aka Bridezilla,kissing Toms ass for an hour.You just know they will all be kissing up and “making nice” the entire show.Funny how the monday after the engagement echhhhhhhhhhhh (sorry,had something stuck in my throat)not a single word was mentioned about it on the show.And today they plugged fridays show and all sat there looking like idiots trying to sound like they don’t think he’s a total NUTJOB.

  5. Mimi

    Very interesting information about Scientology is here: http://www.factnet.org/index.html?FACTNet.
    Say what you will, but Scientology is a cult.
    According to FACTNet, since 1993 they have been to Psychological Coercion and Mind Control what Amnesty International has been to Physical Coercion and Torture. This is a pretty large website with extensive information that includes info about the process of brainwashing someone (“mind control”).

    Thanks, Miu, for helping to expose this.

    And to “please edit your work”: Can’t you find something better to do with your time than be critical?

  6. Maria

    Franklky, I am sick and tired of these loudmouth actors, most of whom could not even get through high school, telling everyone else about their views, how to live, who to vote for, etc., etc. I don’t give a crap what their views are. THEY’RE ACTORS and that is all! Wow! I guess when your ego outgrows your head, you suddenly think you know everything about everything! I wish all of them would go away, but especially this nut job! He needs to shut his !@#$%^&* mouth!

  7. A doctor who hearts Miu's website

    Right on, Miu. As a physician (not one involved with mental illness), my opinion is this:

    ~~~We know that Tom Cruise is dyslexic, right? Well, almost all kids diagnosed with dyslexia have additional learning and/or developmental disorders. One of the more common developmental disorders found in conjunction with dyslexia is ADD/ADHD.

    ~~~Also, it would appear that many cases of just plain DUMBNESS are misdiagnosed initially as a selective learning disorder like dyslexia–but are found on further evaluation to be “just dumbness”.

    ~~~And sometimes, ADD/ADHD is misdiagnosed as dyslexia initially.

    ~~~My guess–and the guess of my colleagues–is that TCru took an IQ test as part of his dyslexia workup, and was told that, no, he is not dyslexic–just dumb.

    ~~~Or he was told that he had a reading/language disorder INCLUDING being just plain dumb. Then he probably took a Scientology IQ test that told him he was a genius, of a type not detected by a conventional IQ test, and decided to go with that.

    ~~~Or he was told he had ADD/ADHD and didn’t want to be medicated for it. This is fine; it’s the patient’s choice to refuse. Although you and I know that he’d refuse NOT because he’d acknowledge this diagnosis, but because he’d refuse to believe it.

    ~~~Your column rocks. It is very thorough, and I’d like to applaud your deep digging.

  8. What I don’t understand is his comment of “You don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do.”

    WTF? I’m a psychiatry student. I’m pretty well versed in the history of the subject, but I know of no hidden or dark secrets of the profession. Maybe there’s something my professors didn’t tell me. Could Sigmund Freud have had a sex scandal with a colleague? Did Jung have an unhealthy obsession with the young? Has there been a large scale bust of psychiatrists who were tripping out on Zoloft and Valium?

  9. typerT

    WOW~ this guy is cutting his own throat~ Never been a Fan of Cruise, so I think that this is Hilarious! Man, he is in such denial! Anyone knows if you are THAT defensive over a subject, you obviously have your doubts that your “opinion” isn’t correct. If it is the truth, you let it go~ it will be proven without all the drama. Psych 101, Cruise, read up on it.

  10. ttt

    Something I find to be quite intriguing: It is clear that Tom Cruise lacks a true understanding of psychopharmacology. Condesendingly, Tom says to Matt Lauer “Matt, you don’t even know what Ritalin is.” Tom calls it an anti-psychotic drug, which it is not – Ritalin is a stimulant that may well be over-prescribed, and if abused can in fact bring on a psychotic episode. Nevertheless, when used properly for it’s intended purpose, Ritalin has indeed helped numerous people. What research has Tom been reading?

    As for his claim that vitamins and exercise can cure mental illness, I would have to ask Tom for his definition of mental illness. They do come in a variety, and if we take Bi-polar disorder as an example, Tom would be hard-pressed to provide any meaningful data that show diet and exercise to be an effective treatment/cure.

    Yes, psychiatry’s history is riddled with horrendous mistakes – but the history of ANYTHING – the development of ANYTHING is full of faults. It’s learning from them that causes progress.

    For the record, Tom, I, too, believe we are not alone in this universe. It would be vain and arrogant to think that were are the sole spirits in this vast expanse. I do, however, draw the line at Scientology’s theory that the spirits of dead aliens are the cause of our mental problems.

  11. talia

    Ok, we need to shut this moron up and soon! What he is doing is downright dangerous! Many people out there are walking around, in need of help, and then we have this idiot telling them to stay away from psychiatric help. Great! Has anyone started a ‘Shut Tom Cruise Up’ petition? We need to have a bazillion people sign it, and send it to whatever studio produced his ‘War of the Worlds” movie. I would think that the studio heads are not too happy with this moron out spewing his drivel when he is supposed to be promoting the movie. Hopefully this will be the end of his career and we will no longer have to be subjected to this crap.

  12. ma

    He needs to take some of those vitamins he be talkin bout!

  13. Nia

    He needs to just shut the fuck up!

  14. lala

    that picture of “tomakat” in the um… jesuse getup, really creeps me out. But then again he creeps me out in general.

  15. Faye

    someone shoot him in the head please… tom is a sick human being… he’s the one who need psychiatric help… they should really make a tv show where there’s real doctors vs tom fuckin cruise… let them shut his stupid mouth up!

  16. Faye

    cynthia the address is incorrect… here’s the correct adress for the petition :

    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/shutupcruise

  17. Erica

    I know he will never see this, but I’d just like the “all-knowing” Tom Cruise to know that if it weren’t for those horrible psychiatric drugs … I would be dead right now.

  18. Deck

    All throughout the web on these little posts there are hypocrites abound, and this one here is no exception. Lots of people are saying they don’t care what celebrities think outside of their profession–that they shouldn’t be believed just because they’re a celebrity–and they are sick of hearing about so-and-so. Well, in case you haven’t noticed, millions, perhaps even billions, of dollars in the U.S. ALONE are shelled out for news on celebrities’ personal lives.

    I’ll be willing to bet these same people who think celebrities shouldn’t be given merit based on their stardom alone are the same ones who for some reason have to read on with what’s going on in their divorce, sex life, drug situation, financial problems, vacations and many other things in their personal lives. If you don’t care what celebrities think THEN WHY THE F*CK DO YOU READ AND WATCH ABOUT THEM SO MUCH??? Why do you need to watch “The Today Show” if you’re so unconcerned with what Tom Cruise has to say? You really need to know more about his movie? Didn’t they go over it enough in the previews, and not to mention the little BOOK that came out 50 years ago?

    I’d also be willing to bet that at least some of these people are the same ones who can’t get enough MTV, reality shows and Paris Hilton. Tom Cruise is an ass but MTV is a good channel? I find that a little hard to believe.

    I also find it funny how people are giving anti-Scientology websites as their reference for information on it. These same websites would consider Kaballah and Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints cults as well. Just what is a cult anyway? Nobody really knows actually. You can ask these people and they will give you the definition off the top of their head, which basically adds up to a small group of individuals with semi- or quasi-religious beliefs and in which the members are brainwashed. So basically a cult is a hostile word used to describe any religious movement that has not gained total acceptance. That’s a dangerous term that is used only to give a bad label to a religion nowadays, and this IS what many, if not most, theological experts will agree on.

    But back to these anti-Scientology websites. They contradict even the most FUNDAMENTAL beliefs that Scientology’s websites as well as books give out. For example, they say the e-meter is a simplistic lie detector. All it is is a little device used to measure the small amount of current running through your body, which is then read my a minister. It is used to detect misemotion/attention, or “charge”, a person has on an area. So that’s one right there. Another thing they say, in addition to the idiots on the web, is that Scientology believes a person is invested with souls of dead aliens. Well, to contradict this, the term “thetan” is used to mean a soul in Scientology, and a person IS a thetan–they don’t have on in their body, and they certainly don’t have many in their body, being the person is the soul himself.

    Well, I could go on longer, but if you people have half a brain, you would really question the way some of these posters express their opinions and must question what makes them so much of an expert? Whatever your disagreements with Tom Cruise are, I can promise you that Tom has said more truths on that fateful episode of “The Today Show” than people on these posts have said about Scientology. Hell, some of them say Scientology isn’t based on scientific facts. Well, here’s a brain teaser for you: Scientology is a RELIGION, NOT a SCIENCE. Plenty of people are willing to believe that man was created by God even though this, as well as Christianity as a whole, are not based on science. So let’s all discredit all the religions because none of them are based on science.

  19. I wrote This about Tom Cruise. For further rants see my weblog.

    Your Information is antiquated, you a-hole, and you know it d**n well.

    You say they are treating ilnesses with drugs.

    I have seen neurobiological sudies, NOT psychiatric studies, neurobiological studies that confirm that chemical imbalances (mainly of dopamine) do exist in 85-95% of schizophrenics. Incedentally, less than the difference are in prison right now.

    AS I TYPE.

    Now if you don’t see where this thread is leading to, you are obviously not qualified to write what you have written.

    Dopamine creates euphoria, and is especially active in the early years of our lives. Ever take ACID? Lysergic acid diethyamine illicits dopamine, and *shocking as hell*, we hallucinate!!! I know, bizarre huh.

    NOT REALLY.

    Now to the cognitive impairments and treatments. When I experienced my first acute episode, my IQ had dropped from 149 to 103.(SB-LM and WISC-III) I went to Harding Hospital in Columbus Ohio and was treated with Haloperidol and Olanzapine, or zyprexa. My cognitive functioning returned to well above yours a week after I was released. So in short, the drugs dont dumb us down.

    I know several people who werent so lucky. Eduard Einstein (yes, Eduard) Died in a psychiatric hospital when all they had was lithium. By most accounts, he was smarter than his father.

    Next, The studies that prove the drugs work. Go to any neurobiological lab in the country and ask the professor. I f you don’t believe him ask the students. If you dont belive them take some classes and see for yourself, and if you don’t believe your own eyes that is called delusion.

    Psychiatrists still exist because MRI machines are f**kin’ expensive. Their older Freudian are generally obsolete, but they are still qualified to judge who needs these medications.

    In short, you are borderlining murder, just enough to have a shallow selfishness that is a metaphorical disorder.

    PSYCHOPATHIC PERSONALITY.

    So keep your ignorance to yorself.

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