Ellen Pompeo Slams "Out of Touch" TV Doctors for Their Controversial Coronavirus Remarks
On Saturday, Pomepo — who is known for her role as Dr. Meredith Grey in the hit series Grey's Anatomy — took to Twitter to slam real-life medical professionals, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and Dr. Drew Pinsky. Earlier this week, the trio have faced backlash for criticizing the nationwide lockdown, despite not being experts on infectious disease.
Dr. Oz called the idea of reopening schools an "appetizing opportunity" during an appearance on Fox News, while Dr. Phil (who is a psychologist) compared coronavirus to swimming pool deaths. "The fact of the matter is, we have people dying — 45,000 people a year die from automobile accidents, 480,000 from cigarettes, 360,000 a year from swimming pools," McGraw told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. "But we don’t shut the country down for that." Meanwhile, Dr. Drew originally downplayed the threat of the virus, calling it a "press-induced panic."
All three doctors later admitted that they misspoke, however, their apologies weren't enough for Pompeo who roasted them on social media. "Also the old white guy tv docs who say stupid selfish sh-t should yes...walk that shit right back to your lazy boys and sit your stupid asses down in your living rooms on your golf courses where you live," she wrote. "Tired out of touch old fools don’t get me started today."
In another tweet, she accused them of violating their oath to do no harm when they became doctors.
"They have been so busy in their dressing rooms getting their faces powdered and worrying about their ratings," Ellen wrote in reply to a tweet that refers to the famous doctors by their first names. "They have no idea what doctors and healthcare professionals on the front lines actually do or they just don’t care."