I Love Getting Really Smashed . . . and Twins! 

I Love Getting Really Smashed . . . and Twins! 
Posted by CN Staff on January 30, 2003 at 10:03:57 PT
By Jon Carroll
Source: San Francisco Chronicle 
They keep saying satire is dead because reality is always weirder -- and they keep proving it. Happened again during the Super Bowl. Just unbelievable. First we had an ad brought to us by the U.S. government's War on Some Drugs. It shows a couple looking expectantly at a strip from a home pregnancy test. Apparently, the news is bad -- the test is positive. The voice-over announces solemnly that they're about to become the youngest grandparents on their block.
We cut to a different angle and see a teenage girl sitting on a toilet and crying. Then the ad suggests that the girl became pregnant because she smoked pot, which no doubt loosened her inhibitions and caused her to go all the way with Jason. The rest of the Super Bowl brought numerous beer ads featuring young dudes partying with hot babes. The babes gyrated and sucked their lower lips. The guys grinned and slapped each other on the back. There were sexy twins in bikinis. There was revelry. And the message was: Buy our beer. You'll have fun with our beer. You'll get really hammered and meet twins who will leer at you seductively. Oh yes, gals really like guys who are puking on the sidewalk. Do women get pregnant because their inhibitions have been lowered by too much alcohol? Oh, never. Beer is good and fun and legal. Pot is bad and dangerous, which is why it's illegal. Smoke pot: lots of consequences. Drink beer: no consequences. I have heard that beer leads to the harder stuff -- wine, brandy, even vodka. But that's probably a rumor started by people who don't want you to have fun. It is my personal opinion that the government should get out of the business of punishing people who use illegal drugs. I don't mind a list of controlled substances -- I don't want crack available over the counter -- but I think putting people in jail for getting high or for selling drugs is ludicrous. Let's decriminalize it and shift our law enforcement to larger areas of need. Snipped: Complete Article: Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Jon CarrollPublished: Thursday, January 30, 2003 Copyright: 2003 San Francisco Chronicle - Page E - 12 Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite: Articles:White House Launches Super Bowl Anti-Drug Ads Continues Terror-Link Ads for Super Bowl House Super Bowl Ads Attack Drugs
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Comment #15 posted by houly on January 31, 2003 at 07:58:44 PT:
If one doesn't have an American dish and is watching an American program simulcast on a Canadian network the CRTC says that "Canadian" commercials will be on in place of the original ones. Therefore during an event like the Super Bowl cable viewers here do not see the same commercials as the Americans. This happens during all simulcasts, the CRTC is rather picky about Canadian content. We did not see the new drug commercials during the SB but we will invariably see them during other American shows that aren't simulcast.Having said this, more and more people are runnig directv dishes and the CRTC obviously has no control over these and those people would see the commercials in all there glory sooner rather that later.Come to think of it, the CRTC did have American dishes declared illegal at the urging of the Canadian dish providers. Fortunately the police have more pressing matters than to come into my house to see what kind of receiver is hooked up to that little grey dish on my roof. That is of course, until we re-legalize cannabis. Oh no, now I know what they are going to do with the 3600 RCMP officers who are now hunting down cannabis smokers.
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Comment #14 posted by The GCW on January 31, 2003 at 04:57:07 PT
Good observation. And good question, did Canada stop the B.S. from doing harm to Cannadian citizens?And now the news out is that one of those ads had an anti-choice message fit into it...DRUG CZAR SUPER BOWL AD FEATURES ANTI-ABORTION SUBTEXT
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Comment #13 posted by afterburner on January 30, 2003 at 21:05:33 PT:
Canadian Irony?
I fast-forwarded through the Superbowl to see the War on Drugs ads, but I could not find them. On Canadian cable it's common practice to substitute Canadian commercials for U.S. ones. Could it be that in Canada, which is considering decriminalizing cannabis, that the War on Drugs ads were actually deleted? Help me out Canadian posters: did any of you see the War on Drugs ads on Canadian cable during the Superbowl?ego destruction or ego transcendence, that is the question.
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Comment #12 posted by The GCW on January 30, 2003 at 15:45:49 PT
Of the commercials...
The 2 ignorant ones were mundane.The party I attended, was loud and people were watching the commercials and the 2 ignoid ones got the least attention, people practically missed them.THANKFULY I was there to help bring them up for conversation...My perception is the commercials are not met with approval. People know better.It is good to see people laugh at the ignorance and be able to help the people understand they are laughing at something We CAN fix, by getting rid of the REAL DOPES.At their best, George W.(Warmonger)Bush & John "Pee" Walters are REAL DOPES.Texas has already executed 3 people this year (maybe a 4th this week), I wonder if Bush gets a big rush out of that connection, killing people.I mean does He sit in His chair at that precise moment and get a sick buzz off it, His eyes rolling back...As Texas Gov. He killed more Americans than any other recent American, by way of executions.His bro. da Jeb, as Florida Gov. is holding the 2nd spot.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on January 30, 2003 at 14:44:53 PT
I don't even know how to spell Ozzy or Ozzie or Osborn or Osbourne but there is only one and he is one of a kind. I think it was for Pepsi Twist. If I were young I would have laughed at the commercial and thought how cool it must be to be spaced out and trippin and rich for it too! LOL
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Comment #10 posted by trainwreck on January 30, 2003 at 14:40:22 PT
ozz man
FoM,What I remember about the Ozzy commercial was it was funny, but I don't actually remember what product he was pushing! but then again, Ozzy probably doesn't either.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on January 30, 2003 at 14:15:06 PT
No one has mentioned Ozzie
What did you think about the commercial with Ozzie Osbourne?
What message did that commercial send? I thought it was funny though but how will young folks take it? I just wondered.
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Comment #8 posted by John Tyler on January 30, 2003 at 14:03:12 PT
Cultural influences
The bit of Super Bowl irony that stood out to me were the dumb antidrug ads juxtapositioned with other ads and entertainment that reeked of drug culture roots and associations, like the Sony video camera ad with the Crosby Still and Nash sound track, and Bon Jovi, Sting and others singing rock and roll songs. Popular culture has been so infused by "drug" influences that they are now one in the same. At this tpoint spending millions of taxpayer dollars on the occasional "drug are bad" message is futile. The media war was over long ago, drugs won.    
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Comment #7 posted by BigDawg on January 30, 2003 at 14:01:19 PT
I agree whole heartedly
I haven't bought alcohol for years because of the things they lobby against (cannabis being only one). Brewing beer has become a hobby that I quite enjoy, though I rarely drink. It would take about half a second for me to decide to pick up a sixer from a company that spelled it out on the label that they were against caging humans for cannabis.A friend hipped me to NBB and Fat Tire. I think I'll drop them a line.Thanks for the idea.
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Comment #6 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on January 30, 2003 at 13:45:14 PT
  I never pay money for alcohol in any drinkable form due to my assumption that all alcohol vendors inherently support their government-sponsored monopoly on socially-acceptable intoxicants. But if a beer/wine/liquor company went out of their way to say, on the label, "We do not support the War On Drugs"... I've seen something about a Hemp Beer, but I don't think I'd go for that because it's always possible, like that one hemp shampoo a few years ago, that they just appear pot-friendly while still quietly funding the status quo. But if the label made no bones about it... it'd be a handy conversation-opener at any neighborhood bar, and well worth our financial support.
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Comment #5 posted by Toad on January 30, 2003 at 13:25:59 PT
Ahh the Hypocrisy
The Super Bowl, our modern day supreme gladitorial event makes the perfect setting for our fascist government propaganda. Drunk, sloppy, and dumb are desireable qualities for the drone lower income class. Since cannabis and mushrooms make one question the status quo, they are banned as part of America's pharmacratic inquisition.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on January 30, 2003 at 12:36:05 PT
I counted 9-10 bikini commercials...
many of them used by the beer commercials. Tell Me no women ever got pregnanat because they were drinking beer and I'll....The large beer companies support and / or indirectly support caging humans for using cannabis.Are beer companies are harmful to Our cause?Why are the beer comercials even still on the air?Perhaps a brewery like New Belgium Brewery which seems more ecologically correct etc. would even put on thier labels a note stating they do not support the war on cannabis and drugs.That note would separate them from the competition and many potential new customers would identify with them!. It could literally thwart peoples lacksidaisical thoughts about this failed war on citiznes into realizing that the other brewery supports this filth! I don't want to support that filth so I'll stop drinking BUSH and drink the beer that doesn't come back to haunt Me... You would imagine that almost none of the employees at N.B.B. support the war on cannabis and most of the people that use N.B.B. products do not support caging humans for using cannabis so come out and say it.It seems the 1st brewery saying they don't support caging humans for using the plant cannabis or they don't support the failure of the war on drugs AS OPPOSED TO THEIR COMPETITION, would sell more beer also.Fat Tire I've read that NBB uses wind power, and does many other environmentally friendly things that cannabis user types identify with.Anywayyyy.Yea, I wanna harp on the large brewey but perhaps the small ones are able to help Our cause.In fact here is the toll free phone # to New Belgium Brewery. Give them a call and explain (kindly now) that IT MATTERS TO YOU THAT THEY DON'T SUPPORT THE WAR ON DRUGS, AND THAT THEY SAY SO.I think the people that make up NBB do not support the war, but that the company needs to be politically correct and come out with a statement, or at least consider it...Dial 1-888-NBB-4044That's 1-888-622-4044  
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Comment #3 posted by medicinal toker on January 30, 2003 at 12:32:25 PT
Phillip Morris ad?
Did anyone see the ad from Philip Morris, drug dealer deluxe of beer and tobacco, which asked if parents had talked to their kids about smoking pot?The inconsistency of it all was what stood out. Most ads promoted excess, violence and abuse. And we are supposed to think pot is a problem?Pot is a solution.
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Comment #2 posted by Truth on January 30, 2003 at 11:06:13 PT
Years ago, when Denver was naming their new baseball stadium after a drug dealer, I tried to tell my parents that Coor's used sex to sell drugs. They told me I was nuts....
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Comment #1 posted by pokesmotter on January 30, 2003 at 10:46:37 PT:
author has point
beer was very glamorized by the superbowl while marijuana, being illegal, is being portrayed as evil. i heard a quote once that said something like "the constitution is what we say it is." in this case, marijuana is what our government says it is. Marijuana causes some problems in society, mainly because of its illegality. (Should i say olny because of its illegality?)
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