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Allison DuBois - Even More of a Hypocrite Than Previously Thought
2005.11.07 (Mon) 20:38
You'd think that, with all the research we've done into media whore and self-proclaimed psychic Allison DuBois, nothing about her would surprise us any more. Well, hypothetical hypothesizing person, you'd be dead wrong. It turns out that Allison is even more of a hypocritical asshole than even we thought — and that's saying a lot.
Case in point — on the advice of Fan-man, one of our readers, we procured a copy of a recent episode of Medium and watched it. If you aren't familiar with the show, the basic premise is that the protagonist (modeled on Allison) is a psychic who assists the District Attorney in solving crimes. The people behind the show also choose to pretend that their stories are based on Allison's "real life psychic adventures." In this particular episode, Allison encounters a rival psychic who is being used by a defense attorney in court. This rival psychic, Olga Z, seems to feed pertinent information to the defense attorney during his cross examinations which, due to the uncanny accuracy of the information, serves to rattle the witnesses and debunk their testimony (we won't even get into the obvious and missed opportunities for the prosecutor to cry "Objection — irrelevant!"). Anyway, for no readily discernable reason, Allison doubts the mysterious Olga Z (why would anyone doubt a psychic?) and decides to look into her. The results of her investigation uncover a host of problems that bear an eerie resemblance to the criticisms that are often leveled at the real-life Allison herself!
For example, as Allison flips through a newspaper, she sees an advertisement for good old Olga:
The ad states: "Know your future before it happens — World renowned psychic Olga Z — Read her book! Visit her website! Arrange for a reading!
After seeing this ad, Allison brings her discovery to the District Attorney's attention. Their conversation proceeds as follows:
[all emphasis is ours]
||You've got to be kidding me. Watt [the defense attorney] hired a psychic of his own?|
||A pretty good one, too...according to her website. Supposedly, she's been working with the Albuquerque Police on missing persons cases for years...although they won't corroborate that on the record. Supposedly, even the FBI calls her for a consult every once in a while...although they too won't corroborate. She's worked missing persons, kidnapping cases, serial killings, you name it. She's even written a book.|
||(skeptically) According to her website.|
||(confirming) According to her website.|
The parts of the conversation that interest us particularly are the parts that we've bolded. It's almost as if the show is saying that the complete lack of corroboration or empirical evidence suggests that we shouldn't believe that Olga Z is a true psychic. Wow — too bad for the real-life Allison that her claims also sport a complete lack of corroboration and evidence to back them up. For example, the real-life Allison claims to have assisted the Texas Rangers on a missing persons case...although not only won't they corroborate that, they also unequivocably deny it. She also claims to have assisted the Glendale Arizona Police Department...although they, too, won't corroborate Allison's story and also flatly deny having used her "services." Of course, Allison has a whole host of things she's supposedly done to assist law enforcement...according to her website. In fact, her own claims are about all she has. So, by the television show's reasoning, the real-life Allison must also be a fraud, just like Olga Z, right? Hey, they said it, not us.
Let's also take a look at the ad that stirs things up in the episode. At the end of the conversation that we transcribed above, the District Attorney states that he's not worried about "some woman who advertises in the newspaper." So, apparently, according to the show, Olga's newspaper ad, which shouts out for people to "read her book" and "visit her website," makes her more likely to be a phony. Okay, sure, we can roll with that. The catch is that if we swapped out the name "Olga Z" in the ad and replaced it with "Allison DuBois," we wouldn't need to change any of the other text to reflect Allison's real-life hype. As we are painfully aware, Allison has been asking people to read her book for quite some time now, and even has two more books in the works. Where did we find out about her book? Why, on her website, of course. We'll admit that we don't have any evidence that Allison advertises in the newspaper — but surely other forms of advertising count. How about whoring herself out on any television or radio program that will have her? According to her appearance schedule, said media whoring seems to dominate most of Allison's waking hours. So, if the lesson from the show is that "psychics" who whore themselves out via advertisements are likely to be phonies, then we can rest our case against Allison right here.
Later on in the episode, it is revealed that Olga Z is not a real psychic — of course, this is revealed to Allison through the rantings of a disgruntled ghost (good, solid evidence if we've ever heard any). It turns out that Olga is getting her incredible information from rather mundane sources — an assistant district attorney is feeding the facts to her. In the "psychic" profession, this is known as hot reading. In a hot reading, the supposed psychic has advance information about their subject from some ordinary source, thereby leading to a very precise reading. In short, hot readers have no need for psychic powers since they already have the information they need to put on their show. Could it be that, once again, the Olga Z character is parelleling the real-life Allison DuBois here?
So, to our surprise, it turns out that the television show Medium actually does accurately portray the psychic abilities of the real life Allison DuBois. The only problem is that it isn't the Allison DuBois character on the show who provides the accurate portrayal — it's Olga Z. Maybe the real-life Allison ought to have a tête-à-tête with the show's producers: you know, tell them to "Ixnay the Orroborationcay stuff" before they give away the real-life Allison's own weaknesses.
But enough about the show — lest you think we're taking Allison to task for the whimsical prevarication of television writers, we'll remind you that Allison's real life escapades are vastly more hypocritical than the show she spawned. Take, for example, one of the newest updates to the allisondubois.com web site. By way of background, and as we've discussed before, Allison claims to have all kinds of scientific validation of her "mystical abilities," and the academic that she leans on for this validation is Dr. Gary Schwartz of the University of Arizona. To summarize our entry on him: Dr. Schwartz has never met a loony theory that he didn't love (and turn into a book, a lecture, or at least a foreward). He tested Allison using what are, by all accounts other than Gary's, incredibly shoddy controls, and pronounced her to be the "real deal." Dr. Schwartz has been very vocal in his support of Allison's "abilities," and there can be no doubt that his support helped her career to flourish, leading to all kinds of fame and money for Allison. What does Allison have to say about Dr. Schwartz on her web site now?
A short list of people who have been included on shows with me that I do not endorse is Dr. Gary Schwartz. I was disappointed to find out that the four years that I spent in the lab for "science" is being used for financial gain by Dr. Schwartz even after I expressed my disapproval. I never asked for a cut of any project that Gary sold because money wasn't the issue it was trust and that was quickly broken by Gary's blatant actions. It was never the agreement when we entered the lab for science to understand our abilities better that we'd be Gary's income.
Whoa, there, Allison! You leaned on Dr. Schwartz's experiments in order to lend an air of academic and scientific validation to your bullshit, and used that validation to springboard yourself to fame and fortune, and now you're begrudging him the opportunity to do the same thing? Wow. What a monumental hypocrite. But hang on, true believers; it gets worse as we read on...
Many of our "sitters" in the lab, unknown to the mediums, turned out to be writing their own books that Gary wrote forewords for, hmmm.
Jesus Christ in drag, Allison, you did the exact same thing, you hypocritical, backstabbing moron! You wrote your own self-aggrandizing book, Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye, and the foreward was by...wait for it...Gary Schwartz. Your own web site (as seen through the Wayback Machine) states:
This is the foreword to my up and coming book, "Don't Kiss Them Goodbye". The foreword is written by Dr. Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D. of the Human Energy Systems Laboratory at The University of Arizona.
How the fuck do you have the gall to slap this insult on the table when you did the exact same thing as the dubious malefactors you call into question?! Holy fuck!
To be clear, we share Allison's apparent skepticism when it comes to the situation at hand — Dr. Schwartz's research certainly looks even more questionable when we discover the mutual financial masturbation that appears to be going on — but unlike Allison, we aren't guilty of perpetrating the same shell game ourselves. "Hmmm" indeed, Allison.
Okay, Allison, take it on home for us:
I work very hard to be a compassionate, detail specific medium and am also disappointed that Gary continues to use questionable mediums in his lab who have had many complaints called in against them.
First off, if there's a place to call in complaints about you, please let us know and we'll start dialing now, you sanctimonious hypocrite. And we're far from the only people complaining — just Google some phrases like "allison dubois bullshit" and you'll see what we mean. You, Allison, are the queen of questionable mediums, so you really ought to watch what you say about your peers.
Are we picking on Allison? Absolutely, and as far as we're concerned, she's earned every bit of it. Not only is her pathetic "psychic" carny act indistinguishable from the host of phonies, con artists, and assorted cold and hot readers on the market today, she also seems to have an insatiable need to shit all over everyone else for doing exactly what she does. So not only is she a world-class bullshit artist, she's also a monumental hypocrite.
So many trite sayings come to mind — pots calling kettles black, people in glass houses throwing cement highway dividers — but none of them really do justice to the depths of hypocritical behavior of which Allison appears capable. It's incredible to us that someone who makes a living by whoring out her own brand of bullshit would then turn around and crap all over others who are doing precisely the same thing, especially when those others have helped to catapult her own career. If only we believed in karma, we'd say that Allison would eventually get her payback. Hey, here's a prediction for you: If she keeps pissing all over her peers in various fields of quackery and lunacy, maybe Allison will end up getting lynched by a marauding band of angry bullshit artists! Trust us — she'd never see it coming.
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