As we reported yesterday, Aaron Carter was arrested for DUI and drug possession over the weekend.
It's the latest in a long line of setbacks for the troubled former pop star, and from a PR angle the stuation is made worse by Carter's recent public promise that he'll "never" be arrested for drunk driving because he doesn't "even drink."
So perhaps it's not surprising that Carter's attempt to salvage what remains of his reputation is coming off a bit more desperate and emotional than the usual post-scandal apology tour.
Already, Aaron has lashed out at his brother, Nick Carter, for offering "fake support" on social media, rather than contacting him personally.
Now, he's turned his attention to some of his harshest critics.
Carter's latest difficulties have been a topic of discussion on multiple morning shows, and for reasons that remain unclear, the ladies of The Talk took the opportunity to go off on the struggling 29-year-old.
“He looks like he’s cracked out,” quipped Sharon Ocbourne.
Co-host Aisha Tyler jumped in, remarking, “To me, this just seems like a typical addict.”
Now, to be fair, Sharon has been married to Ozzy Osbourne for 35 years, 18 months of which the singer is able to remember.
So she knows a thing or two about spotting the tell-tale signs of the ingestion of chemicals.
We're not sure why Tyler felt qualified to speak out, but she's the Lana on Archer, so she gets a pass.
We jest, of course, but in all seriousness, diagnosing Carter as an addict and suggesting he smokes crack because he was arrested with marijuana is legitimately not cool.
Carter apparently felt the same, and he took to Twitter to sound off on the ill-advised commentary.
“Hey @MrsSOsbourne and @aishatyler on @TheTalkCBS I am not an ‘addict’ and not on ‘crack.’ To claim such derogatory statements is sick. #Sad," Carter tweeted.
Carter lost a sister to addiction back in 2012, so it's understandable that he would be especially sensitive to being mislabeled as an addict.
A DUI can certainly be taken as a sign that someone might be struggling with a substance abuse issue, but to publicly proclaim them a full-blown addict and suggest they're involved with hard drugs is wildly irresponsible.
Here's hoping Osbourne and Tyler use their platform to dial back their statements.