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Three Celebrities Who Think They’re Experts

These people don't have a clue what's involved in their self-proclaimed area of 'authority' — read on

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1.) Tom Cruise. Aside from his filmography of hit movies, Cruise is perhaps best known for his participation in Scientology, a religion invented by science fiction novelist L. Ron Hubbard. The “religion” has inspired more and more controversy over the years, as former members have gone public about what seems a duplicitous cult with questionable practices and teachings.

Cruise has remained faithful through it all. He’s kept quiet on the subject in more recent interviews, but in the past he was incredibly passionate and even aggressive about sharing the teachings of his chosen church.

A 2005 interview with “Today Show” host Matt Lauer was the source of controversy for the actor when he questioned those who dare to take prescription medications to fight off such conditions as depression.

“I’ve never agreed with psychiatry, ever,” said Cruise. The actor went on to call psychiatry a “pseudoscience” and to even criticize actress Brooke Shields for taking antidepressants after suffering from postpartum depression.

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When Lauer dared to question Cruise’s expertise in the area of medication and psychiatry — two things L. Ron Hubbard very publicly opposed during his lifetime — Cruise became more aggressive. He said, “Here’s the problem: You don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do.”

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Cruise recommended “vitamins” and “exercise” to individuals like Shields, saying people were only “masking the problem” with medication.

He doubled down on his arrogance when he said Shields also didn’t know “the history of psychiatry.” He went on to tell Lauer he was “glib” and that the host didn’t “even know what Ritalin is.”

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While not a doctor or noted expert, Cruise dubbed himself as all-knowing and came across as self-centered and rude in the interview. His career has never really been the same since everyone got that private glimpse of the public personality that had been winning people over for years.

Though she later forgave him and even attended his wedding to actress Katie Holmes, Shields responded at the time, according to People, with what most of America was thinking: “Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them.” (go to page 3 to continue reading) [lz_pagination]

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