Who’s your daddy? Dr. Phil insists it’s not him »


Dr. Phil needs everybody who’s not one in every of his organic youngsters to cease calling him Daddy.

In a video recently uploaded to TikTok, a refuge for the younger and the stressed throughout this silly pandemic, the great physician acted spooked whereas additionally capitalizing on the video app’s well-liked #YouHaveTo hashtag pattern. In his case: “#YouHaveTo stop calling me ‘daddy.’”

Yes, it appears Dr. Phil is having daddy points.

I’ve by no means seen his eyes get as huge as they do firstly of this viral clip. They’re virtually tennis balls. It’s as if he by accident sat on a thumbtack simply earlier than hitting document. Then talking above the jaunty music — a harp arpeggio fantastically titled, “You Have to Stop Supporting Trump” — Dr. Phil presents a delicate but stern plea to the TikTokers who’re freaking him out with their paternal insinuations.

“You have to stop commenting ‘daddy’ on all of my posts,” he tells the digicam. “I ain’t your daddy. I hate to break it to you. But I ain’t your daddy. And your real daddy is probably getting his feelings hurt. I appreciate the support. It’s a little weird. But I do appreciate the support.”

All I might do was sigh as when studying an unhinged e-mail from a delusional Trump supporter.

You know what else is somewhat bizarre, Dr. Phil? I believe you’re keen on being referred to as “Daddy.” I do. If you didn’t, why draw consideration to this? Shouldn’t an skilled in human behaviour and web tradition perceive reverse psychology and the Streisand Effect?

On social media, the worst approach to get followers not to do one thing is to ask them to not do it.

Sure sufficient, when Dr. Phil cross-posted his anti-Daddy entreaty to Instagram, the primary feedback included “Father,” “Daddy chill,” “Okay papi” and “I’m sorry daddy.”

It didn’t take lengthy for this to unfold like wildfire to previous posts.

On a photograph wherein a masked Dr. Phil is ambling towards his studio on the Paramount lot, the feedback included, “Daddyyyy,” “AWH DADDY” and “DADDDYYYYY.” On a photograph of his rescue canine: “Pls notice me daddy,” “daddy puppy” and “Daddy Phil how about you spend time with me.”

In one other current video, wherein he seems to be like a used-car salesman who reeks of beef jerky, Dr. Phil asks his followers to share a life aim and what they’re doing to realize it throughout this time of nice uncertainty.


Oh, Philbert. You silly, silly man.

Four years in the past, the Washington Post revealed a bit concerning the Daddy meme, kindly informing outdated folks like me that the “slang endearment” was “usually meant to communicate respect/adoration to a male authority figure.” Around the identical time, GQ deployed “cutting-edge social-media tracking techniques to figure out once and for all who the Internet’s biggest daddy is.”

The record of these most definitely to get a “Daddy” shout-out from teen commenters included Barack Obama, Drake, The Rock and Bernie Sanders. Socialist Daddy? But the clear winner was singer Zayn Malik, who “single-handedly managed to outscore all the other daddies COMBINED.”

Oddly sufficient, Malik is about to turn out to be an actual daddy with associate Gigi Hadid.



But the larger oddity: why does Dr. Phil wish to be referred to as Daddy?

Oh, I do know he’s claiming this week he doesn’t wish to be referred to as Daddy. I’m not shopping for it. The gentleman doth protest an excessive amount of, methinks. In the video, as quickly because the tennis ball eyes morph into moist marbles, there are a selection of tells, not least of which is the ironic smirk.

The smirk offers off a jokey vibe. The smirk can’t conceal his true emotions.

I truly suppose this might make an amazing future episode of “Dr. Phil.” In an empty studio, Dr. Phil interviews Dr. Phil and tries to determine this darkish psychological impulse to be referred to as Daddy — and why he feels compelled to sublimate with, “I ain’t your Daddy.” What is happening in that seashore ball noggin of yours, Dr. Phil? Huh? Why do you out of the blue wish to be a father determine to thousands and thousands of kids who’re misplaced throughout this pandemic? It’s not sufficient that you simply’re already one of the crucial well-known pop psychologists on the planet? Now you have to be everybody’s Daddy?

Listen, Phil McGraw isn’t any dummy. Anyone who can convert a southern drawl and essentially the most primary of common sense recommendation — “Y’all need to stop slapping each other in the face when you disagree!” — right into a multimillion-dollar model is working at a nexus of capitalism and persuasion I can’t even fathom. If Dr. Phil labored at Bed Bath & Beyond, you wouldn’t belief a phrase he mentioned about thread counts.

So I do not know why so many individuals are calling him Daddy proper now.

It’s a bit just like the unseemly bond the furries have with Tony the Tiger.

But what I do know, past a doubt, is that Dr. Phil simply opened the Daddy floodgates.

Click on any of his posts within the upcoming weeks and, I assure you, the feedback shall be Daddy this and Daddy that. After a few hours down the Dr. Phil-Daddy rabbit gap, I began to surprise if he was my actual father. He is aware of what he’s doing.

What we don’t know: why does Dr. Phil out of the blue wish to be our daddy?


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