If Dr. Phil was looking for attention, well, he certainly got it.
A controversial question that was posted to his Twitter account on Tuesday asking, "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teenaccused," led to quite a bit of outrage throughout the Twitterverse.
It was subsequently deleted, but not before folks lashed out at the TV doc for making such an inquiry.
Some of the more notable ones picked up by Mediaite include:
"@DrPhil By law, when alcohol is a factor, no one can consent. Don't know what's happening to you? It's rape period," was one response.
There were other tweets, such as, "Telling that @DrPhil finds a "Should you rape? Yes/no?" question open to debate," "@DrPhil The answer is No, Never you jackass. And then you kick whoever asked you in the throat" and "@DrPhil As a girl, I enjoy waking up and not knowing who penetrated me the night before."
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Dr. Phil's show told BuzzFeed, "This tweet was intended to evoke discussion leading into a very serious show topic. It was not intended to be taken lightly. It's based upon a recent news story, hence the #teenaccused label."