After the premiere of Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Dr. Drew Pinsky analyzed the relationship between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries - from the nude yoga session to a fight over a broken toenail that ended with Kim punching Kris - on his show. The doctor is claiming that Kim is guilty of domestic violence.
It is making me insane, Pinsky said on his talk show. What you are seeing there is domestic violence.
A lot of people watching this may not understand that, and I get that. 'It looks playful. What's the big deal?' It is a massive deal and it's important for everyone else, he said.
But, Pinsky's worry is not over Kris, or Kim for that matter. He is worried about the message they are sending to those who watch the reality show.
For Kris and Kim, they're separating. That's over with. This doesn't need to be reported or anything, but anybody listening at home and viewing this has to understand the spectrum of domestic violence, and this is incontrovertible evidence of someone engaged in a domestic violence relationship.
Pinsky then discussed the issue with guest Michelle Golland, a clinical psychologist. Pinsky made sure to emphasize the point that, for many cases of domestic abuse, it always starts in a playful manner.
People think that it's playful, said Golland. The problem is... it's this idea - we wouldn't let our children do this to each other.
Pinsky agreed. It's illegal, and it goes to a bad place, he stressed. It progresses. It starts and goes - it doesn't stay right there. The size, gender does not matter. It goes to a horrible, horrible place.
He said that the meaning behind it will change; and the size of the perpetrator does not matter. In Kardashian's case, she is dwarfed by the towering Humphries. Humphries grabs her arm forcefully as Kardashian throws the punch.
The episode also shows Humphries pushing Kardashian onto their bed (playfully, of course).
It starts this way, playful. Then add a little drinking, said Golland. Then add that I have resentments against you because you, whatever, did something else two weeks ago. And then I'm gonna start taking that stuff out.
What this is, is unconscious behavior that is dangerous and can progress.
You've got to be very aware of this stuff, added Pinsky. This is serious stuff. Michelle and I see this out in the world every day. It's because people minimize this stuff until it gets to the emergency room, then they're wondering what happened.
The doctor then went on to say that he believe Kardashian and Humphries, or simply other couples exhibiting similar behavior, need help.
Physical abuse is not the only worry. Emotional and verbal abuse are significant problems individuals face as well.
It's not okay, and it is a progressive problem, Pinsky concluded.
Pinsky claimed that he tried to reach Kardashian's and Humphries' representatives but neither had responded with a comment.
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