Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz finds himself in yet another controversy of his own creation as a resurfaced clip of him saying incest is really “not a big problem” unless it’s done with your first cousin has once again put him on the defensive.
Jezebel broke the story that is exploding on social media with just two months remaining before voters go the polls in the Keystone State:
In an interview with morning radio show The Breakfast Club in February 2014, host Angela Yee asked Oz to weigh in on a question sent in by a listener about someone struggling with an incestuous relationship.
“I’m going to ask you this and you tell me if this is safe for this person, okay?” Yee prompted Oz. “Well, he said, ‘Yee, I can’t stop smashing my cousin.’ That means sleeping with.” (Thank you, Yee.)
She continued to read out the question: “‘We hooked up at a young age and now in our 20s, she still wants it. No matter how much I want to stop, I always give it to her. Help me.’ What advice would you give that person?”
That led Oz to reply, “If you’re more than a first cousin away, it’s not a big problem.”
Yee asked again, “Okay, so second cousin is fine to smash.”
“Yeah. It’s fine.”
The doctor then went on an extended justification for his assertion that incest is just fine with anyone but your first cousin:
“Every family has genetic strengths and weaknesses. And so the reason we naturally crave people who are not so like us is because you just mix the gene pool up a little bit so that if I had one gene for, let’s say, hemophilia, which is a classic example where you bleed a lot if you cut yourself, I don’t want to marry a cousin who has the same hemophilia gene, because the chance of our child having both those genes is much higher.”
As if that’s not bad enough, Oz continued along the same line of thought:
“You know, that’s why children, girls don’t like their fathers’ smell. Their pheromones will actually repel their daughters because they’re not supposed to be together. My daughters hate my smell.”
With every word he speaks (either in the past or the present), Oz sees his poll numbers fade. No wonder he’s Donald Trump’s handpicked choice.
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