Johansson slams Cruise for attacking Brooke Shields

Actress Scarlett Johansson is the latest star to slam Tom Cruise’s attack on Brooke Shields for using medication to ease postpartum depression.

Cruise — who claims to have helped people fight drug addictions through the controversial Scientology religion — sparked a war of words when he criticized Shields in May for using the anti-depressant Paxil, following the birth of her daughter Rowan.

Johansson said Cruise is “ignorant” and insists women should have the right to choose how they treat their body.

“I think people have their own right to choose whether or not they want to stop taking a drug,” she said.

“I can go into a very lengthy conversation with anyone about a woman’s right to choose and things like that, but I don’t believe in forcing my opinion on people.”

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Tom Cruise Meltdown:

Brooke Shields: “If any good can come of Mr. Cruise’s ridiculous rant, let’s hope that it gives much-needed attention to a serious disease. Perhaps now is the time to call on doctors, particularly obstetricians and pediatricians, to screen for postpartum depression.”
War of Words.

“I do believe that, in particular, children are over-medicated.”

“But I’ve also known people who’ve taken anti-depressants for a couple of months, and it saves them from what could really be a drastic situation.”

“Ruling out something that could legitimately help people seems ignorant.”


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