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Matthew Perry

I'll NEVER Bury the Hatchet

with Peter Hitchens

12/20/2013 6:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Matthew Perry is engaged in a war with a British journalist ... a war that has no end in sight -- and it's all over how the U.K. treats drug and alcohol addicts.

Perry was at LAX yesterday when we brought up his fiery exchange with Peter Hitchens on BBC's "Newsnight" ... in which Hitchens (who believes in stronger punishments for drug users) argued that addiction is nothing more than a "fantasy."

During the show, Hitchens went off on Perry and another guest ... saying, "Well you two believe in this fantasy of addiction, a complete fantasy, in which people lose all power over themselves and become victims of this terrible, frightening disease after which they cannot stop taking drugs. If you really believe that then you would presumably think that the best thing would be they never ever come in contact with those drugs."

Perry was furious ... calling his comments "ludicrous" and explaining, “I'm a drug addict. I'm a person that, if I have a drink, I can't stop. And so it would be following your ideology that I'm choosing to do that.”

Hitchens agreed.

Now that a few days have passed and the two have had a chance to cool down, we asked Perry if there was a chance they could ever be friends.

Perry made it clear ... Hitchens shouldn't ever expect a Christmas card.

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16.

Susan    

Perry, clean up your personal appearance. You look awful.

205 days ago
17.

BOHOE    

He looks hungover ……..

205 days ago
18.

Quinn    

I dealt with family members in hospice and a family member with a heroin addiction. I have found that for me, hospice was easier. At least one knows that the suffering will end in hospice. It's been 6 years now with the heroin addict and the suffering is never ending. If it is a "disease" then it is a selfish disease. Consuming everyone and everything in its path. Each day is a new struggle to wish and hope and pray that the addict finally has hit "rock bottom". Somedays I wish they would just die and end it already. And that makes me selfish. Addiction is horrible and cruel. If over in the UK they have lower statistics then maybe it works. Because here in the states so many many programs are just a joke.

204 days ago
19.

Snow    

Hitchens is an idiot. If nothing else, addiction is backed by scientific proof.

204 days ago
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malcolm kyle    

When we regulate something we do NOT automatically condone it's use; the regulations concerning alcohol and tobacco are there to protect us from the vast increase in criminality that would otherwise exist were these substances to be prohibited.

A regulated and licensed distribution network for all mind altering substances would put responsible adult supervision between children and premature access to drug distribution outlets (illegal street dealers). Regulated and licensed distribution would reflect and respect society's values, thus preventing children obtaining easy access to these substances. What we need is legalized regulation. What we have now, due to prohibition, is a non-regulated black market to which everybody has access and where all the profits go to organized crime, corrupt politicians, and terrorist cells.

204 days ago
21.

Calico    

Addiction is subtle, and at first it looks like a good buddy. That's when the real problems start.
Anyone who calls addiction a fantasy obviously has never lived with a raging addict or alcoholic. Hitchens should try it sometime and then report back.

204 days ago
22.

Calico    

Sorry for your relapse - glad you are back on track. Sorry too that your Dad didn't understand what you were (and are) dealing with.
My Dad had 3 "slips" during his struggle, but then was sober for 20 years before he passed away.

204 days ago
23.

William    

Perry was an idiot. He said he is the objective truth. No, your own experience is totally subjective. The exact opposite. And he did not answer the interesting question about free will. Either you have free will or addiction. It cannot be both.

204 days ago
24.

LordGobblecock    

unless youre forced to take drugs in the first place then you CHOSE that option. Who doesnt know that hardcore drugs can be destructive? Once you CHOOSE to go down a dangerous road the journey back can be extremely hard whether it be through addiction or will power. Truth is they are not mutually exclusive so theyre kinda both right.

204 days ago
25.

paul a.    

The Oprahfication of America. Everyone is a victim. No one is responsible for their own actions.
It's not my fault.

204 days ago
26.

Yurra Knutz    

I'm addicted to happy.

204 days ago
27.

Silly TMZ    

People with no exposure to or experience with drug addicition should not try to speak intelligently about it. Hitchens is a ****ing idiot and clearly knows nothing about addiction. People should be careful to judge addiction so harshly because it could easily happen to someone you love. Most people are exposed to drugs for the first time when they are young. And no one makes all the right choices when they are young. At not everyone grows up in a loving home with two parents making sure they stay on track. I can't believe this british ******* can call himself a journalist when he is so ignorant.

204 days ago
28.

Mimi    

Addicts can't have resentments, so I guess Perry'll HAVE to forgive the moron...I mean, person with a different point of view who has no first-hand knowledge of addiction. And praying for him works, too. If it were a choice, staying sober would be easier than changing your whole outlook to a spiritual one...

204 days ago
29.

Paulina82    

Team MP!! Love him!!

204 days ago
30.

Paulina82    

Nobodys perfect and i wish him the best!!

204 days ago
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