Just one day after troubled “One Day At A Time” star, Mackenzie Phillips, appeared on Oprah’s recliner, the fall-out from her revelations continue to pile up. Phillips revealed to Oprah that her father, The Mamas and The Papas’ founder and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Phillips, raped her at the age of eighteen or nineteen. Then, according to her claims, Mackenzie and her father maintained an incestuous for years. The relationship ended when a pregnancy developed that resulted in an abortion allegedly funded by John Phillips.
The not so big news and fall out is the response from family members and the media over the reliability of Mackenzie’s recollections. Mackenzie Phillips’ stepmother, Michelle Phillips, fervently denied the allegations hurled at her former husband by releasing the following statement:
“She (Mackenzie) told me, then she called me back and said, ‘You know I’m joking.’ I said it wasn’t funny. Mackenzie said, ‘I guess we have different senses of humor.’ John was a bad parent, and a drug addict. But *&^@ his daughter? If she thinks it’s true, why isn’t she with a good psychiatrist on a couch? I think it’s unconscionable that Oprah would let her do her show. I have every reason to believe it’s untrue. Oprah should be more judicious about who she has on her show.”
“Mackenzie has a lot of mental illness. She’s had a needle stuck up her arm for 35 years. She was arrested for heroin and coke just recently. She did ‘Celebrity Rehab’ and now she writes a book. The whole thing is timed.”
What do we at The Kaleidoscope Factor think? Well, since you, the reader asked, we feel this way: John Phillips, although famously talented and an icon of his generation, was a known habitual drug addict. Dopefiend. Druggie. Dope head. He used in front of his children and even taught them how to use as well. Has anyone denied that allegation? Nope. Why? Because it is a fact. All of the adults in Mackenzie Phillips’ life were habitual addicts and dropped the ball in being real parental figures.
It is nothing these days to hear of drug-starved parents selling their children for a hit of crack or heroin. Mothers strung out on crack selling their daughter’s precious bodies for drugs or leaving their children home alone for days while out getting high. Why is it so hard to believe that John Phillips could have raped his own child? Why is it so hard to believe that a child, so desperate for her father’s attention and affections, would maintain a incestuous relationship with her father for decades? Remember, the main characters in this story are all strung out on coke and heroin.
As to Michelle Phillips’ comments about whom Oprah picks as guests on her show, doesn’t Michelle realize it’s about the ratings, y’all? Yep. Whitney Houston and now, Mackenzie Phillips, are two troubled women in search of redemption and a come-back. Both admitted drug abusers, each has a story that is powerful and unique. Whether or not the stories are truthful, well, who really believe anything addicts say anyway?
But instead of immediately calling Mackenzie Phillips a liar in Joe Wilson fashion, maybe Michelle Phillips is covering her own sense of guilt and irresponsible behavior, or lack thereof, in regards to the raising of her stepdaughter. She was in the home up until some point before divorcing John Phillips. Also, in a “Behind The Music” interview, Michelle was recorded saying that she never left Chynna Phillips, their only child together, in John Phillips care, ever! Why was that? Because she knew all too well what her ex was like under the influence.
So, the fact of the matter is Mackenzie Phillips may or may not be lying about what happened with her father. But given the history of everyone involved in this mess, a swift benefit of the doubt is certainly due.