He had us at Magic Mike.
Channing Tatum unofficially became the ‘Sexiest Dad Alive’ on Friday (May 31) after welcoming daughter Everly with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Before that happy day, the Step Up star, 33, opened up about struggling with a learning disability.
“I [still] read so slow,” the Magic Mike star shared. “If I have a script I’m going to read it five times slower than any other actor, but I’ll be able to tell you everything in it. It kills me that there are standardized tests geared towards just one kind of child.”
The sexy new dad went on to talk about his views on medicating children for learning disabilities.
“I truly believe some people need medication,” he said. “I did not. I did better at school when I was on it, but it made me a zombie. You become obsessive.”
Likening drugs such as Dexedrine, Adderall to “coke, or crystal meth,” he continued talking about the harmful effects of drugging children.
“The more you do, the less it works,” he said. “For a time, it would work well. Then it worked less and my pain was more. I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns.” He added, ”I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I’d never do it to my child.”
Whoa, I wasn’t expecting this from Hollywood’s hottest hunk! Has Channing become the new, non-scientologist, face of the childhood anti-drug movement?
Fine by me.
As a semi-retired social worker who has worked with kids with learning disabilities, behavioral issues, and a plethora of other diagnoses, I have seen the ugliness of over-medicating.
As Channing said, I think some people really do benefit from taking drugs. But I truly believe we have become a society that wants a pill or a quick fix for everything.
- Is your kid acting out at school? Pop a pill.
- Is your child not keeping up in class? Medicate him.
- Is your child different? Offer Adderall.
Frankly, I hope Channing’s bold statements get people thinking outside the box. My own son is showing signs of ADHD, so I fully understand what it’s like to have a ‘different’ and a ‘difficult’ child that doesn’t quite fit the mold.
And I am not going to jump on the medication bandwagon with my own son.
What do you think of Channing’s anti-medication statements?