I'm Dr. Fletch Robinson, and yes, I suggested that the mother of Sum 41's Deryck Whibley should have terminated her pregnancy. However, I only did this for medical reasons! Early indications lead me and the rest of the hospital staff to believe that the baby would experience mild to severe neural tube defects, leading to an extremely difficult and trying life. Thankfully, that did not occur. However, the song still paints me out to be the bad guy, which just isn't true.
I just want to make it clear: I would never advise a mother to get an abortion just because their child would grow up to like songs with distortion, or drinking in proportion. I like those things! Everything should be done in proportion! The song makes it seem like I somehow knew ahead of time that little Deryck would enjoy laughing when old people fall, and that I wanted to make sure that wouldn't happen. Absurd! I'm a doctor, and I see old people fall every day of my life. If I couldn't take joy in a World War II veteran tumbling down a stairwell, I'd have died inside years ago.
I think Deryck portrayed me as such a bad guy in the song because he was upset with how I gave the harsh medical advice to his mother so many years back. However, as Deryck so wisely pointed out in the tune, cutting people down is just a minor offense. His mother needed to hear the truth, and if she didn't like it, then tough.
Obviously the song has fun at my expense, and everybody truly loves having fun at other people's expenses, I just wish it didn't paint such an incorrect picture of me since I love the song! What a guitar riff! The song is big in the doctor community. If I walk by a group of medical professionals at a conference and yell, "Storm into the party like my name is El Nino," everyone always replies, "Well I'm hanging out drinking in the back of an El Camino!" We know the song better than the Hippocratic Oath, and we're fine with that.
Frankly, I just wanted to get my version of the story out in the open. Even after so many years I still feel inaccurately portrayed whenever I hear the song (which is often since it is my ringtone).
Deryck, if you're out there reading this, I just hope you understand that I was merely performing my role as a medical professional when I told you mom to abort your entire existence. As a doctor, I'm glad I told your mother, but as a fan of pop punk, I'm glad she didn't listen. Also, I'm so sorry your career has plummeted.