'Dr. Phil' Under Fire for Sex Tweet

The talk show host's staffers sent out what he calls "an ill advised" tweet.
2:13 | 08/22/13

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with dr. Phil, who is sparking quite a lot of outrage about a tweet about sex and alcohol. The message was in the form of a question. One that a lot of people say he should never have asked. Abc's paula faris has the story. Listen to me talk. Reporter: Dr. Been tackling tough topics on his self-titled tv program for more than a decade. That's offensive to me. And that's offensive to my staff. Reporter: But this morning, the no nonsense talk show host is finding himself in the hot seat after he sent out this tweet on tuesday. If a girl is drunk, is it okay to have sex with her? Reply yes or no, to @drphil. One twitter user lashing back. Tweeting, by law, when alcohol is a factor, no one can consent. Don't know what's happening to y you. It's rape, period. Another tweeted, telling @dr. Phil, should you, open to debate. It opened up what dr. Phil is calling the ill advised tweet. And in a statement to abc news, says, this tweet was intended to evoke discussion, lead into a very serious show topic, based upon a recent news story. Hence the #teensaccused label. That's supposed to be part of an upcoming episode when the new SEASON STARTS SEPTEMBER 1st. I don't think anyone should be punished for tweeting out something that relates to a show. This one was done with a little less sensitivity than dr. Phil and his team are known for. And it caused people's eyebrows to raise. Reporter: But carmen rios, a sexual assault activist says simply deleting the tweet, is not enough. She launched a change.Org petition against dr. Phil's show. I would love if dr. Phil took on the issue of rape and sexual assault, from the standpoint of how we can start to solve the ongoing epidemic of assault, rather than focusing on what is or isn't rape. Reporter: For "good morning america," paula faris, abc news, new york.

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