Former Suddenly Susan star Brooke Shields has written an op-ed piece in The New York Times lambasting War of the Worlds star Tom Cruise and his "ridiculous rant" about postpartum depression. The letter is the latest salvo in an ongoing public feud that Tom Cruise seems to be having with many different people at once.
In the op-ed piece, Brooke says, "I'm going to take a wild guess and say that Mr. Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression... his comments are a disservice to mothers."
The public altercation began several weeks ago, when Cruise slammed former Endless Love costar Brooke Shields for taking antidepressants following the birth of her child. Postpartum depression is a common condition experienced by women who have just given birth, but Cruise insisted that postpartum depression, and depression in general, were fake conditions. He said exercise and vitamins will help with mental illness.
Following this, Cruise either fell in love, or fell into an intricately created PR operation, with actress Katie Holmes. During this time he appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and hopped maniacally on Oprah's couch, pumped his fists in the air, and slapped the floor in excitement before grabbing Oprah by the hands and shouting "I'm in love!" In a serendipitous coincidence, Cruise later proposed to Holmes under Paris' Eiffel Tower the weekend her film Batman Begins opened.
More recently, Cruise had a battle of wills with a reporter from Access Hollywood in which the star intensely assured everyone that he was railing against psychiatry because he cared about them. Following this, he appeared on the Today show and had a testy exchange with interviewer Matt Lauer. When Lauer attempted to defend the attention deficit disorder drug Ritalin by saying he had known people who were helped by the drug, Cruise denied the existence of chemical imbalances in the brain and tersely asserted, "Matt, you don't know what you're talking about. You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do. I have read the reports."
Last week, the American Psychiatric Association released a rebuttal to Cruise. In a statement the APA said, "It is irresponsible for Mr. Cruise to use his movie publicity tour to promote his own ideological views and deter people with mental illness from getting the care they need." Shields has stated that medication helped her immensely after her pregnancy.
Now that War of the Worlds is making a lot of money, nobody cares if Tom Cruise is weird.