Megan Fox causes outrage in mental health circles

Megan Fox’s negative opinions on mental health

By Liz Lockhart

Reading a report about Megan Fox on opened my eyes to several shocking revelations.  I must admit that I knew little about her but was intrigued to find out why she was having her tattoo of Marilyn Monroe removed from her arm. 

The report says that Megan will ‘grace’ the September cover of Italian magazine Amica and in this she opens up about her ongoing tattoo removal. 

‘I’m removing it.  It is a negative character, as she (Marilyn) suffered from personality disorders and was bipolar.  I do not want to attract this kind of negative energy in my life’ said Fox.

This statement was enough to get me riled. I will try not to get on my ‘soap box’ but perhaps I might suggest that if one has such strong and bigoted views, it would have been advisable to find out a little about the person prior to having her face permanently emblazoned on your body?  In my opinion Marilyn Monroe achieved much against the odds in her short life, making her anything but a negative role model.

What is even more odd, is that the same report states that in 2009 Fox informed Wonderland magazine ‘I could end up like that (Marilyn again) because I constantly struggle with the idea that I think I’m a borderline personality, or that I have bouts of mild schizophrenia.  I definitely think I have some kind of mental problem and I haven’t pinpointed what it is.’

I find this statement particularly bizarre if not downright offensive.  It always upsets me when someone describes themselves as a condition.  Perhaps Megan should have described herself as having borderline personality disorder not being it? And can I presume that Megan has a qualified opinion as to her diagnosis, or is she simply banding around terms in order to try and provoke reaction by simply jumping on the celebrity with mental health disorder’s bandwagon?

If she is suffering I sincerely hope that her fans will be more charitable in their attitude towards her than she has been towards Marilyn Monroe.

It is comments like this from people who should know when to keep their discriminatory opinions to themselves that perpetuate negativity towards mental health disorders in general.

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