September 24, 2009
Mackenzie Phillips’s Interview on Oprah
Whether people are genuinely disturbed, annoyed, or saddened by Mackenzie Phillips’s memoir, High on Arrival, there is no question that it has caused a major stir. Yesterday, Phillips went on Oprah to discuss the book, and both women made some interesting points.
Phillips said this book helped her to cope with certain events that occurred during her childhood, including abuse from her father, John Phillips (singer in the Mamas and the Papas). She stated that she didn’t know why he chose her to put his “demons” on, but that she loved him anyway.
In the interview, Phillips goes on to say that her father was the first person to ever shoot her up with drugs, and caused her addiction. She places the blame of her troubled youth entirely on her father, who passed away in 2001. After this confession, Oprah asks of Phillips (rhetorically, really), “Who can call us up tomorrow and say you’re lying?” because John Phillips has been dead for 8 years.
In a statement released by Mackenzie’s step-mother, Genevieve Waite Phillips, said that “John was a good man, who had the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. He was incapable, no matter how drunk or drugged he was, of having such a relationship with his own child.”
Mackenzie also spoke about an incident when she met and seduced Mick Jagger (lead singer of the Rolling Stones) when she was 18 years old, and her father tried to stop them. She stated that Jagger told her he had been “waiting for this since [she] was 10 years old,” which is disturbing on its own.
Whether or not Mackenzie Phillips’s stories in her memoir are true or false, it is clear that she has had issues for many years, and truly believes that all of it is true. The question now is what she is going to do now that she has opened up about her past. Is she going to become active in communities regarding child abuse and incest? Or is she just trying to boost sales? Maybe that sounds insensitive… but we’ll see what she does.
Posted by Shaane at 8:00 am