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Talk show host Dr. Phil apologized for the controversial tweet sent from his account Tuesday that asked whether it’s OK to have sex with a drunk female. He said it was not a personal post and the intent was to start a conversation.

Latina takes on Dr. Phil after controversial tweet

Dr. Phil McGraw, the 62-year-old psychologist with the popular television talk show “Dr. Phil,” is known for offering his advice on love and relationships. However, a controversial tweet on Tuesday evening which was quickly deleted led to an uproar on Twitter.

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Samir Mezrahi of Buzzfeed, was among the many who tweeted in response to Dr. Phil:

Sexual assault activist Carmen Rios, lost no time in creating a petition on Change.org asking that Dr. Phil “publicly announce that he will produce and air a show that centers on survivors’ voices and educates the public about the true definition of rape and sexual assault, as well as how to prevent it.”

She said that as a friend to many survivors of sexual assault and a former teacher who taught about rape and consent to college students, she was shocked and appalled by Dr. Phil’s question.

“One in four women in the United States will be raped in their lifetime,” she wrote in her letter to the producers of The Dr. Phil Show. “Lesson 101 in my courses was that sexual contact without verbal, sober, conscious consent is rape. And yet, this respected television doctor is questioning whether sex with a person who is incapacitated is rape at all…There is no question, Dr Phil: rape is rape.”

The Dr. Phil Show released a lengthy statement Wednesday saying, “This tweet was intended to evoke discussion into a very serious show topic. This was not a personal post and Dr. Phil deleted it the second he saw it. It was clearly ill-advised.”

However, Rios’ petition, which currently has more than 2,000 supporters — from as far away as Australia — shows that this is indeed a sensitive topic which needs more discussion.

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