I’m sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled Friday challenge to bring you this resurfaced 2019 video clip of Jada Pinkett-Smith mindeffery (that half of CN keeps sending me).
Ever gone to therapy with an abuser, only to have them invoke the name of the therapist to cow you into submission?
“Dr. Theodore says you’re very controlling. You should really exam your issues. I’ll have to bring this up with Dr. Theodore.”
That thing where, real or imagined, they’re a united front against you, The Person With Issues. (See also: I Fail to Understand Your Hostility.)
Well, here the couple is Will and Jada Smith and the therapist is blog archnemesis Esther Perel.
Gosh Esther! That whole make-the-marriage-stronger crap is going swimmingly. Put this one up on your testimonials page.
In the clip, which was shared on Reddit on Thursday, Pinkett Smith discussed having therapist and author Esther Perel as a guest on her show, Red Table Talk.
After announcing that Perel was “coming to the table,” Pinkett Smith, 50, asked her movie star husband, 53: “Would you say she has been instrumental in you and I redefining our relationship?”
If by “redefining” you mean career suicide?
Anyway, that was the 2019 Esther. “Affairs are exuberant acts of defiance” Esther. She’s rebranded since then to be a trauma specialist. I know. This is like pedophiles getting their own fleet of ice cream trucks.
But whatever, let’s have a look at this clip.
0.11 — Will has a boundary: “Don’t start filming me without asking me.”
0.18 — Jada. How droll. A boundary. “Oh Esther, come help us. I’m still dealing with foolishness.”
0.22 — Will: “Don’t…”
0.39 — Will: “You can’t just use me…”
0.45 — Jada, utterly unfazed by her husband’s distress, marches on with her Esther Perel promo: “Please watch Es-taire, at The Red Table, because she’s helped us a lot. Can’t you tell?”
This is such a perfect endorsement for Jada and Esther Perel. Oblivious to another’s suffering? Minimizing? Trampling over boundaries? Tune in!
I’m sure the trauma specialist referrals for Esther Perel are rolling in as I type.
Your Friday Challenge — either riff on having therapy weaponized against you OR snark on Esther Perel. Esther Perel to trauma therapy is what sushi is to gas stations…