Americans have shared a collective chorus of laughter over Dr. Mehmet Oz’s absurd crudités-shopping video. Chefs have weighed in on his questionable choices, such as apparently pairing a head of broccoli with chunky salsa.
So, once again, we’re wondering why anyone thought Dr. Oz was a serious candidate for Senate from anywhere, least of all Pennsylvania. The guy’s what professional political consultants call a “total weirdo.”
Let’s take a quick trip through Dr. Oz’s TV history. It’s bonkers.
A February 2018 episode of “The Dr. Oz Show” has a segment on exorcisms. It’s like the “World of Psychics” show from Ghostbusters 2, but Dr. Peter Venkman is a lovable huckster. Also, ghosts and demons actually exist in his world. Dr. Oz presumably lives in our reality. Dr. Oz moderated a debate between loons who believe in exorcisms and people with nothing better to do than argue with them.
Dr. Oz also explored the so-called “Rise of Sex Robots!” You don’t need a medical degree to correctly diagnose the creepiness. Dr. Oz’s guest was engineer Douglas Hines, founder and president of True Companion, which builds full-size interactive sex dolls. I did enough research to confirm that Hines is a real person and not a professional Hannibal Lecter impersonator. Hines insisted his masterpiece, Roxxxy, isn’t just for f******* but she “can carry on a discussion and expresses her love to you. She can talk to you, listen to you and feel your touch.” We don’t want to know how he knows this.
Dr. Oz conducted a highly scientific, spontaneous poll of the audience to see how many people approved of robot necrophilia. This shocked him, as he apparently thought the results would “be more split.” This clearly makes him out-of-step with the average voter from, well, any state.
You might’ve thought Dr. Oz just pushed snake oil remedies and fad diets on his show, but no, he found time for sex robots! (Roxxy was built in New Jersey and is probably still a resident, so she unfortunately can’t vote for Dr. Oz.) But it wasn’t all Jerry Springer hijinks. Dr. Oz did host an episode devoted to cryotherapy as an anti-aging treatment. He’d once had a woman guest get into a giant freezer/toilet to test extreme cold as a form of pain management, but Dr. Oz was apparently willing to strip down to his underwear in the later installment because eternal youth was an option.
My favorite part is when Dr. Oz repeatedly said, “It’s cold!” while entering the literal cold machine. This is the level of wisdom and medical know-how that he’s offering Pennsylvania voters.
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