many many people have their head in the sand when it comes to the kind of people who are attracted to Buddhism. The comments on that article denouncing it as offensive and trashy are pretty predictable. People don't just become "Buddhist" and then everything is peace and love. They are still people, they still suffer and have issue & sometimes those issues are quite serious. The article raises that point and I think it's important. If you hang around "western" temples long enough you might pick up on it. I've seen it myself. There are many who are mentally and emotionally unstable and so it goes in any religion. I can't speak for Buddhists in say Thailand but perhaps it's a similar situation...
Many with serious psychological disorders are attracted to religion, it gives security and safety. But, if you are not Thai or Chinese or whatever and you are hanging around as a westerner in these temples you might (or might not if you are lucky) quickly find barriers of language and culture. I know I did, that's why I had to look elsewhere. My attendance at the local Wat fell away when I realised I had to find a group to cater to my western upbringing and really I don't see what the problem is in doing that. Some temples are not much more than hangouts for the local Thai or Korean expat community and it's hard to get the support you really need in your practice. Buddhism can be very culturally specific but many want to overlook this. This has been my experience.
I found that article told some truths that many won't acknowledge. It's not about Buddhism or religion, it's about people and the questions being asked are valid.
Why did he want to become a monk? I once wanted to myself, because I thought I could somehow avoid living in the "real world" that way. I doubt that feeling is uncommon. But sometimes the best place for someone is not a temple or a meditation cushion, it's a psychiatric hospital.