The Drs: Judy Smith On Revenge Photos
The Doctors kicked off their show by welcoming special guest Judy Smith, the former press secretary under George H.W. Bush and the inspiration for the ABC hit show Scandal. She’s one of the world’s most famous crisis managers and has helped some of the most famous people in politics, music, sports, and movies repair their image after a scandal tears their lives apart. They welcomed “the fixer” to their show.
The Doctors joked that Dr Drew Ordon takes some inappropriate pictures, and Smith said “don’t take [inappropriate] pictures” as a way to avoid a scandal involving them. She said you may think it’s for your boyfriend, but what happens if you break up? The Doctors shared that “revenge porn” has become such a problem that some states, like Arizona, are making it illegal, and in some cases, a felony.
Smith said people need to keep the photos private because you could get thrown in jail. She said with celebrities and politicians, they should maybe be a little more careful. Smith brought up the idea that some famous people may be leaking the photos themselves for a bit of attention. Smith said once it’s out there, you can’t take it back. She said you don’t want the picture out there because the person who has the picture, then has power over you. Dr Rachael Ross shared that she found an old VHS of a boyfriend that he could possibly be embarrassed of. Smith said she should simply destroy it.
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The Doctors then shared a story that made headlines all over the world. A Brazilian woman who reconnected with her biological mother was excited to learn that she had a brother she didn’t know about. She then realized her brother was also her husband of seven years. The siblings have a 6-year-old son together. So what do you do in this situation?
Smith said what’s even worse is that now everyone knows about it. She said in terms of them getting back to a normal life, the first step was to stop talking about it. She said stories now have a short shelf life. Leave it, don’t stir the pot, and eventually the story will go away. Smith said, “It takes two to tango, so if you’re not in that dance, nobody can do anything.”