Laughing at celebrities is only funny for so long

“Celebrity Rehab with Doctor Drew”

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Enough is enough. Why are Americans so intrigued by celebrity downfalls? It’s truly saddening to see Britney and Jamie-Lynn Spears dominate the news each day when the world has so many other pressing issues to be concerned with. Instead of helping to reverse this process, VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Doctor Drew” only drags this unfortunate obsession into the ground.

If that’s not enough, “Celebrity Rehab” contains no real celebrities. The group of nine “patients” is headlined by former WWE wrestler Chyna, a guy from Crazy Town and Judy Winslow of “Family Matters.” Making it even worse, it seems like these low-class celebrities don’t even want help and enjoy acting like spoiled brats. Throughout the pilot, they constantly disobeyed the suggestions of Dr. Drew and his staff, making a mockery of the rehabilitation process.

VH1 needs to wake up. There’s a limit to America’s interest in rehabbing stars, and “Celebrity Rehab” is far outside this boundary. It shames shows like A&E’s “Intervention,” which takes its topic seriously and caters to people who really need and want the help.

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