Mandy's Musings: Tom Cruise-What Happened
By Mandy Bates
What exactly happened to take Tom Cruise from A-list heartthrob to wacky nut job? Was it calling Brooke Shields a liar? Was it coining “show me the money”? Was it calling Matt Lauer glib? Was it calling psychiatry Nazi science? Was it jumping on Oprah’s couch? Was it the South Park episode? Was it all these things combined? What was it that made me go from being a Tom Cruise fan to flinching when I heard his name?
Tom pretty much attacked Brooke Shields when she announced she was taking meds for her post-partum depression. Then he continued to say that psychiatry was bogus and that chemical imbalances aren’t real. Sure, that made a lot of people mad at him, but he apologized to her and eventually she showed up at his wedding.
Maybe it was when he said that Scientology had the only successful drug rehabilitation. It seems like he couldn’t keep his mouth shut about Scientology after that. Granted, the only thing I know about Scientology is what I saw on South Park, but we’ll all be learning more with Generation Gossip’s look into Scientology.
Maybe it was because he seemed to have a real problem with the tabloids. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you can’t handle people talking about you, get into another profession. He took particular offense to the paps claiming he was gay and was threatening lawsuits left and right. All that did was bring more attention to the tabloids, he should have realized that. I mean, come on, supposedly Elvis was shopping for a leopard print corset, aliens have taken over Mars, and Nostradamus said we’d all be dead by now. People read the headlines and then move up the line at the checkout. It’s like you tell a little kid who was being made fun of in school – just hang in there, tomorrow someone else will screw up and they’ll all forget about you.
I guess Tom liked being the one being talked about, because he did something else to keep people talking about him: jumped on Oprah’s couch like an idiot. Now that I think of it, this is probably what took Tom out of my book (see the Corey Haim story for clarification, ha). Tom Cruise went from being one of the hottest, sexiest, most in-demand actors in Hollywood to being a joke. What made him decide to let his insane side loose? Was it Scientology? Was it divorcing Nicole? Was it Katie? I have no clue, but I do know one thing: I can’t watch Jerry Maguire anymore without rolling my eyes and turning the channel. I mourn for the fish with manners.