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Mar
08

Do celebrities get off too lightly for taking drugs?

The UN’s International Narcotics Control Board published its annual report today. One of the issues highlighted in this year’s wide-ranging report is the danger of young people being influenced by famous people who are caught taking drugs.

The report says that celebrities are all too often dealt with leniently, which in turn is sending out the wrong message to young people. Is that true?

It also said that when celebrities are caught taking drugs, it glamorises it. Do young people form their opinions on drugs and drug taking from celebrities?

Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss, Pete Doherty, Robert Downey Jr and Boy George are just a few of the celebrities I can name who have been caught or/and prosecuted for possession of illegal substances. But do you blame them for making it look glamorous? Wherever you live, how are celebrities who are caught taking drugs treated in your country?

US PRIMARIES

I couldn’t sleep last night so, as you do, I checked out the latest results in the US primaries. At about 2am the BBC was reporting that the Democratic party contest in Ohio was too close to call, but Barack Obama could win it. Well, when I woke up this morning, Hillary Clinton had rescued her campaign after winning key Democratic Party primaries in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island.

She received the support of at least 115 delegates while her rival for the nomination, Barack Obama, received at least 88. He won only the smaller contest in Vermont. Senator Clinton’s latest success closes the gap between the two but won’t give her a lead.

In the Republican contest, John McCain finally sealed his party’s nomination, with overwhelming victories in all four primaries. We’ll be talking to our radio colleagues in Austin, Texas and Cleveland, Ohio. If you have a question for them, or a comment on either party’s candidates, fire away.

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55 Responses to “Do celebrities get off too lightly for taking drugs?”


  1. 1 John in Salem
    March 5, 2008 at 14:31

    I think kids are more influenced by the deluge of direct marketing ads of prescription drugs on tv and by other kids than by some clowns in a spotlight.

  2. March 5, 2008 at 14:35

    Well, it appears as if celebrities get off easy for drug convictions and for getting caught because they actually do get off easy. Celebrities, at least in the United States, like professional sports stars, live under different rules than the average citizen.
    Money, power and influence are taken full advantage of and the common rules and laws of society are applied differently. One only need a quick review of the past few years to see example after example of this reality.
    Hollywood has a profound influence and effect on American society, perhaps more than any other demographic of our culture.(Much more than say our “great” political leaders.)
    These special rights are being granted every single day, some in loud, public fashion and many more in quieter, subtle ways.
    We allow it to happen by continuing to support any behavior or action, simply because we support their “art” or enjoy watching the wreck they have become.

  3. 3 steve
    March 5, 2008 at 14:37

    That people mimick what they see celebrities do reflects low intelligence and lack of independent thought. If boy george jumped off a bridge, would you too? If it were just limited to drugs, it wouldn’t be such a big deal, but young people seem to mimick everything they see. Brittney has crotch tattoos now? Now every girl will run out and get one. She doesn’t wear underwear? Guess who will do that. Driving while drunk? What will be the latest mindless trend? If celebrities start going on shooting rampages will idiot kids do more of that than they already are?

    I think it’s just time to admit that the vast, vast majority (including myself) of people are incredibly stupid. I mean, incredibly stupid, but fortunately a small minority of people do productive things such as inventing things. The rest of people are just an absolute waste of atoms and we can only pray their behavior doesn’t get other people killed.

  4. 4 Julie P
    March 5, 2008 at 14:42

    Yes, celebrities get off too lightly for taking drugs, drunk driving, and other unseemly behavior. However, it seems to have become the expected norm from those who fly at 30,000 feet. What this means for parents is take an active role with their children’s choices as role models outside of the family. I know my brother has with his son and daughter. He has also held up the examples of what happens to celebrities lives as what happens when a person abuses drugs, alcohol, and other negative behavior. It seems to have worked; they enrolled in college and have held down part time jobs since high school.

  5. 5 Sylvester in Liberia by email
    March 5, 2008 at 14:46

    This is a crucial election for the Democrats. If Obama wins the candidacy chances are that a Democrat may not become president. Americans are not yet ready to have a black man in the White House.

    The home of the president of America is called the White House because it is the house for the whites of America.

    SYLVESTER
    Liberia

  6. 6 James from Nairobi
    March 5, 2008 at 14:48

    Its rather unfortunate that especially in the western world where the judiciary system is deemed to be impartial this takes place.
    I say this because if a non westerner is caught at one of the western airports with an ounce of heroin then chances are they face a double digit time in jail.
    Yet in the states and Europe if a celebrity is caught its breaking news! This is a clear indication that the law is not blind and double standards are applied. Ideally the justice seems to be auctioned to the highest bidder!
    Regards
    James
    Nairobi
    Kenya.
    Sent from my BlackBerry®

  7. 7 Brett
    March 5, 2008 at 14:51

    Do celebs get off too easy for taking drugs?

    Yes. Show me an instance where you think otherwise and I garuntee someone can find an instance where another was prosecuted with a harsher penalty.

    I don’t do drugs, nor did I support or form my opinions or actions based on celebrities… So maybe I don’t know what its like to be influenced in such a manner. I’m sure plenty of people have been.

    Brett ~ Richmond, Va.

  8. March 5, 2008 at 15:02

    The use of drugs by stars is outrageous. Stars are supposed to be role models for their fans; especially, the young. Many will be tempted to use it. Reggae music should have had a bad influence on many people in the past as listening to it was associated with drug consumption considered as a spiritual healing or part of a rituals.

    There are countless stories of pop stars resorting to drugs like Whitney Huston who had to spend considerable time in rehab centres and even forced to sell some of her luxurious items like her dresses to face her financial difficulties.
    As in sports, those caught using enhancing drugs are punished by suspension, disqualification or stripping of medals, the same should be applied to stars. Before giving a concert or recording an album, they should prove they’re drug free. Even after the publications of their album, when found drug users, their album should be withdrawn from sale.

    Great talent in art, particularly, is meant to lift the spirit and to have a good time and be inspirational. It shouldn’t turn into a destructive force. Stars are ,from time to time, exposed to gossips related to their private lives like divorce, separation, financial troubles, accusations of misconduct etc. But they shouldn’t be seen as a crushed force falling from admiration to pity.

    If stars, like Amy Whinehouse, with all their money and creativity can’t live without drugs, this means money can’t buy everything. It becomes a curse for those who can’t make the best of what they have instead of painfully seeking more what they can never get.

    It’s hard to persuade the young of imitating their favourite stars as they try to imitate them in appearances and gestures. Addicted stars can be dangerous to their fans if they have no one to guide them by, for example, telling them to enjoy the creativity of the artist but don’t become victims of their destructive leanings. Rich artists at least have the means to buy their drugs and alcohol as they can get into rehab centres to make their addictions a matter of the past. As for the young, addiction can just make them unfocussed and ready to use whatever means to get drugs by resorting to violence and crimes. Stars, indirectly, become a huge publicity for drug dealers.

    Drug becomes associated with high feeling that one is like those in the highest level of the artistic world. Perhaps the young should learn from the best of their favourite artists and discard what’s bad in them. Artists are after all human beings. They have their defects. This should be pointed out to the young before they become avid drug users and even dealers to imaginatively keep up with the Joneses- in this case, their favourite artists.

    Life is void without a purpose. The young should have means of fulfilment, through constructive activities. Getting euphoric through drugs is the cheapest and the easiest way for the instant but it sure to become costly in the long term.

    Marrakesh, Morocco

  9. 9 steve
    March 5, 2008 at 15:08

    “Americans are not yet ready to have a black man in the White House.

    The home of the president of America is called the White House because it is the house for the whites of America.

    SYLVESTER
    Liberia”

    Given that you aren’t American, nor do you live here, how can you possibly know that American are not ready to have a black man in the white house? Do you even know any Americans?

    The White House is called that because the British burned it in the war of 1812 and it was painted white afterwards to hide the fire damage.

  10. 10 Andrew
    March 5, 2008 at 15:12

    Of course celebrities are treated differently and often given a lighter treatment when it comes to drug use. The media revel in their decline and often jump on the back of celebs when they are on the downward slide, but think also of the incredible sympathy that they elicit from fans and the public when they do wrong. Any decent person would be horrified by this, but there are the inevitable excuses rolled out, the poor upbringings and miserable life stories to accompany what is essentially a ploy to receive better treatment or lighter sanction. Consider that many do follow the lives of celebs and imitate what their favourite star is up to and you can see that how they are perceived is important to a significant degree. Many are against drug use, decry drug suppliers and show concern about their children at home, school and in public over drug use. Drug use is vilified, youth public drunkenness is an issue all over the world and a problem typically highlighted at the moment, yet whenever celebrities are found wanting in their moral duty they do seem to be recipient of large amounts of sympathy, which despite the warning they were given, the support they dismissed and the privileged positions they have perhaps to be made examples of would be a better course of action. One example, Heath Ledger. Here was someone who was should have known better, let us face it celebrities hold themselves up as examples, and took drugs to excess until it eventually killed him. Yet not one word of how irresponsible he was, how his behaviour was selfish or stupid. He was mourned when he should have been used as an example of the futility and stupidity of excess drug use – note that film of him discussing his drug use was withdrawn and not aired so as not to sully his image. I cannot see how coddling celebs and making excuses for them helps anyone, them or their followers. Why should they be above the law and above the social morals that many can adhere to and abide by? So often we hear of the tough times that they have encountered but look around you and you will see many people, who will not advertise their troubles so blatantly, who have encountered larger problems but get on with their lives and solve their problems without destroying themselves in the process. It is an insult to them that we see so much sympathy and leeway given to those members of society who have for dubious reasons received public acclaim and wealth, but which they actively choose to squander.

  11. March 5, 2008 at 15:16

    Celebrities get off too easily and should be punished like the rest of the people.

  12. March 5, 2008 at 15:24

    A Dose of reality.

    Governments love power not only do we delegate out our authority to them but they make of us what they will. The control of anything not just drugs has escalated to such excess that citizens are treated like idiot children. Big Brother uses every trick in the book to gain power over us. Fear mongering is the great attribution to the stealth theft of authority. With it go our human rights and civil liberties.

    Celebration that is the key word. These artist are in the business to help us celebrate life. Drugs such as liquor etc.. are used because the code of conducts that citizens live in create a dungeon of abuses. Lies upon lies create a world of constant propaganda bleeding out our acknowledgement of our abuses.

    I wish that drugs were legal and the use of each type explained. The government don’t see it that way because healthy superior human beings they can not deal with. The weak and feeble is their will for their citizens well being.

    It is a shame that to enjoy life you have to go out of the realm of the real world to have anything to celebrate.

    Celebrities get off too lightly for taking drugs, no but government get off too lightly for making their citizens dopes. Governments even create their celebrities and when they need to give their citizens a reason to bite the bullet, they destroy them.

  13. 13 Tommaso Debenedetti
    March 5, 2008 at 15:32

    The influence of celebrities on the use of drugs is really strong and dangerouse, terrible. Television, radio, newspapers can stop this situation: they can boicot and delete all interview, all declaration, all message of celebrities when celebrities talks in favour of drugs. I think that BBC, the must important radio-tv worldwide, have the honour and the responsability to be the first, to be the exemple of boicot against drug-stars.
    Tommaso Debenedetti
    Rome, Italy

  14. 14 Katharina in Ghent
    March 5, 2008 at 15:32

    Of course they get off too easy. They almost never have to do jail time, and when they do, you can count it in days and it’s in a very easy prison. There can be no question that i.e. Brittney Spears has a severe substance abuse problem, and the only person who is holding her responsible is the judge who has to decide over her children. The problem is not even so much what our children will learn from such role models, because, if the parents have a solid relationship with their kids, then they can discuss this and the children will know what (not) to do. The problem concerns rather other celebrities who see their friends/colleagues getting stoned or drunk and be labeled a “fun party person” (until they are knee-deep in troubles), and who think that to keep up with them, they also have to do it. We average non-celebs are too far away for that.

  15. 15 John in Germany
    March 5, 2008 at 15:33

    OF COURSE THEY DO:

    Any body would think they have an harder life than Mr-Mrs Normal?.
    Luckily there are a hell of a lot that do not take drugs or drink excessively, but those that do should be punished just the same as any other person.

    One thing that they do have is a hell of a lot of money, and that can buy the best lawyers, or teams of lawyers, that legally bend the law so they get off. The kid that has had problems, received no help, and has no money, gets the whole roll, makes the success figures look good. It must make the helpers on the street so sick when they see what happens. How can they explain that to some one that has not a chance in hell to get back on the straight, because that is all they have, the helper on the street. And he or her has more than they can cope with, and get no money to buy off the justice.

    Watching a award ceremony the other day Golden Globe or something.
    i wondered how it functions. They go to work, do a good job, and get some award or other…What for?. A brave soldier gets a medal, i can understand that. A nurse that has given her whole life to help people, gets a medal, that i can understand as well. BUT a person that does his or her job, gets a hell of a lot of money for doing it, lives a life of luxury. with all the goodies in life, and then gets an award, How sad is our World. Of course some are exceptions and give to charity, work as honorary diplomats. but they are few.
    and lets face it they can afford it. It is very easy to give a Thousand Dollars when you have 12 Million or so. Oops sorry nearly forgot, in most countries you can put charity gifts on your tax returns.

    I admire the stars that are still, and do not put thier lives on the open page.
    A lot manage it, so no excuses now.

    One sad thing there has always been a celebrity bonus, in all walks of life.

    So practice your guitar, be born beutyfull, have a silver spoon in your mouth when you choke, and you may get there. But remember we must all attend the last court, without any money to buy justice. and the decisions there are final, no review.

    Greeting to you all
    John in Germany

  16. 16 anica
    March 5, 2008 at 15:42

    yes, i completely agree that celebrities do get off too lightly for taking drugs, n perhaps that’s the reason why youngsters r not afraid to follow them. had the young genration had an example of celebrities getting really serious penalties for drugs relateed offences they wud not very waeily dare to mimick them or follow that trend. infact the thing is that the liberal penalties imposed on celebrities give them an insatant notorious fame which attracts the young generation even more n they take drugs as a shortcut route of a notorious fame, or as a “kool” trend set by their role models.
    i’m one among the young generation, n i am very much against drug addiction, but i know the psychology of ppl around who r of my age n that makes me believe that harsher punishments for celebrities will surely creat a fear among the youngsters to take drugs.

  17. 17 VictorK
    March 5, 2008 at 15:59

    And what business is this of the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board anyway?

    The issue is one that can be debated on a programme like WHYS or within a particular country, but it really isn’t the concern of a UN agency.

    We ought to keep an eye ont he UN and its offshoots. Under cover of such issues as ‘child welfare’, ‘health’, ‘poverty’, and ‘international crime’ they often make pronouncements that impicitly challenge the right of sovereign states to govern themselves and assume that the UN is entitled to behave as if it were some kind of embryonic world government with responsibility for the welfare of the entire planet.

    How celebrities are dealt with and the consequences of that are matters that fall to various natonal jurisdictions. It is not for the UN to compromise national sovereignties by addressing issues that fall wholly to its individual members and can be competently addressed at national level..

  18. March 5, 2008 at 16:17

    I do think that celebrities get off too lightly. I think that when celebrioties are seen to be drug users and laugh and joke about it on the TV and then are seen to be treated lightly by the courts that this suggests to young people that actually there is nothing really wrong with drug use and that it’s kinda cool. People in the public spotlight should be expected to act more responsibly I think.

  19. 19 Nick, Nairobi
    March 5, 2008 at 17:01

    They 100 percent get off too lightly for taking drugs. And the general public are more likely to give excuses for them behaving the way they did. I mean the4 worst that happen to them is going to the rehab, an ordinary folk will be cooling his heels at our prisons for not less that seven years.

  20. 20 Brett
    March 5, 2008 at 17:12

    “Americans are not yet ready to have a black man in the White House.

    The home of the president of America is called the White House because it is the house for the whites of America. “

    I’m white…. And I’m ready for a black President….

    Brett ~ Richmond, Va.

  21. 21 steve
    March 5, 2008 at 17:53

    The ironic thing, is that Amy Winehouse might actually live to be 30 if she were jailed for her drug use, presuming she could not get drugs in jail. So any child who looks at her like a role model will also see her die within the next couple of years. Rotting in a casket isn’t glamorous.

  22. 22 Justin from Iowa
    March 5, 2008 at 18:15

    As a recent “young person” (25) I agree with some points and disagree with some points spoken of here. Yes, celebrities always “getting off easy” breeds cynicism in the legal system. Though in today’s day and age it isn’t the only thing that breeds cynicism in our systems of government, law, and order. But the fact that celebrities get away with it often doesn’t seem to me to be the reason young people use drugs. More often its the young people simply emulating the celebrities, whether they are getting away with it or not.

  23. 23 Brett
    March 5, 2008 at 18:20

    That Gentleman from NY is an incredible speaker and has a great view on this subject which takes into account many angles affecting it!

    Brett ~ Richmond, Va.

  24. 24 John in Salem
    March 5, 2008 at 18:22

    I think your rap star guest gives himself and celebrities in general WAY too much credit for drug use among the young.

  25. March 5, 2008 at 18:33

    I think it’s ridiculous to blame celebrities for their actions. We support their lifestyles by reading tabloids and watching “news” about them. Distill it more and you could just blame advertisers.

  26. 26 Matt
    March 5, 2008 at 18:35

    Does it matter whether celebrity drug use affects children or not? The greatest problem is that the punishment for the same crime is inequal. Justice is not being served.

  27. 27 Anthony
    March 5, 2008 at 18:36

    You all seem to forget that people also do drugs because they are fun and make you feel good. I don’t remember one person saying, “Snoop Dogg smokes, so I do too!” during high school. That’s just silly. If anything peers are the ones who influence others to do drugs.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  28. 28 m j jackson
    March 5, 2008 at 18:40

    Listen to this guy…. lol, it’s not his fault… it is because he thought he would get girls if he smoked and took drugs. What a silly interview. Make him shut up please.

    Drugs come from people with tons of money. They are like doctors. They make the pain go away, and make a vast fortune doing it. Celebrities are just caught in the wave of pain too.

  29. 29 ann
    March 5, 2008 at 18:59

    More than anything else, the breakdown of the stable mom and dad home influences a child’s decision to take drugs. The vast majority of male prison inmates did not have a father in their lives.
    Again, parents remain by far the most influential aspect of a child’s decision making–for ill or for good.
    as

  30. 30 Will Rhodes
    March 5, 2008 at 19:00

    These people have a habit due to their circumstance, whether they get off too lightly is a very ambiguous question.

    If the media insist on splashing their faces in drunken, doped up situations they make the stars appear ‘cool’.

    But it sells newspapers and advertisement spots on TV, so it can’t be all that bad – can it?

    You could have a knee-jerk reaction to this, but how many people have read history and read the dependency problem all the way from the times of the Romans, or even earlier? The difference now is that the popular reader wants to see the downfall of those who they have put on a pedestal – and are furnished with it.

    Golden icons comes to mind.

  31. 31 Matthew via email
    March 5, 2008 at 19:16

    The real argument about drug use by celebrities seems to be the argument between whether or not celebrities have a responsibility to market themselves as a product in accordance with a moral standard. Some believe that their perception of the prominent or most important moral standard of society should set the bar for what is appropriate in our mass delivered media channels.

    However, because there are so many different standards and also due to the fact that no one group can force their standard as more correct or more popular than any other, this view is probably utopian. The far more effective strategy to diminish the unwanted influence is to unplug from it and plug into the influences that you want to focus on, thus eliminating the relevance of such messages in your own life. Instead of legislating as a way to force your view, vote with your attention and your money on what you want as a way to diminish what you don’t want. As individuals, families, communities, and even nations, we have the choice to do that without legislating some lowest common denominator of expectation as the one right basis for everyone. That path strips all of us of our inherent given right to choose and wrongly absolves us of our own responsibility and accountability towards what we focus on and give our attention to. If we allow legislation or government to choose what we are not allowed to see, we must also accept the corollary that legislation or government has the responsibility to choose what we are allowed to see, a dangerous precedent to set for a democratic system and a free world.

  32. 32 Andrew via email
    March 5, 2008 at 19:18

    Sure they get off too lightly. The views of that editor of Black Poppy (was it?) are typical of the problem. Instead of calling for more responsibility among the influential she calls for more reasoned debate and “big picture”! What on earth is that, other than an excuse?

    We should all say “no to drugs” and stop buying stuff that promised drugs, even Black Poppy magazine.

    Then the bad eggs will have to somewhere else to pamper their irresponsible needs.

  33. 33 Eric, Netherlands via email
    March 5, 2008 at 19:19

    drugs have always been the way lots of artists have tried to be more creative. We can remember Baudelaire and alcohol, or cannabis for the Hippie generation, and so on. It was always perceived as something an artist does, therefore authorities were reluctant to throw them to jail. But is it something that we want to do something about as a society? We like to see Britney down and cry shame and blame on those guys who destroy themselves. So yes we do too little about celebrities addictions, but I do not think we want to do much about. I think that, if they want to die young, it is their problem, it is us to increase education to reduce the problem.

  34. 34 Steve, USA via email
    March 5, 2008 at 19:21

    Your guest said that people don’t do drugs because Amy Winehouse does, that people aren’t sheep. Yet then why do people go to restaurants because of a Zagat’s guide ranking of a restaurant? Why do women mold their lives off what they see in Sex and the City? Why do they base their hair and clothing styles off what they see in Cosmo magazine? Kate Spade has a new $1200 handbag? Run out and get it so you can be seen with it. Yes, we ARE sheep. We do what we see other people doing because the vast majority people are incredibly insecure and want to either fit in or seek approval from others. It’s time to admit that people are sheep, and then work from there.

  35. 35 Scott, USA via email
    March 5, 2008 at 19:21

    Obama is popular for entirely superficial reasons. The main reason being his race. If Obama was the same man but white he would have been shattered long ago by Hillary. Even allegedly intelligent Americans are apparently not immune from shallowness. Americans love an underdog and for some reason they believe this to be Obama. The true underdog is Hillary, she has been criticized since the beginning for being a too independent woman.

    His second claim to fame is false: Obama is not a great speaker. He is an average speaker in a country with below average charisma. So perhaps these folks are easily fooled!

    Third. Liberal whites in America have an “embarrassed to be white complex,” so they are ready to jump on the bandwagon and support the minority, irrespective of skills and experience.

  36. 36 Paul in Oregon via email
    March 5, 2008 at 19:21

    No one is saying its all celebritys fault but they can definitely be a contributing factor in someone making a choice to try drugs. You don’t ignore a small bit of cancer just because its a small bit do you?

  37. 37 Jeffrey in Portland, USA via email
    March 5, 2008 at 19:22

    This is a highly unpopular thing to say, but maybe the reason why drugs are popular is because, at the beginning of an addiction, they make you feel really, really good. Anyone who has ever taken Ecstasy or cocaine will tell you, they are social drugs, and word of mouth is the best form of advertising.

  38. 38 Noal in Oregon via email
    March 5, 2008 at 19:23

    Punitive response for drug USE is not an effective tool to sway people away from drugs. And pointing fingers at celebrities is just passing the buck to a failed approach.

    Education – true education – about drugs and they’re effects is the only way to lesson drug use. In America the education is more propaganda based and the youth see right through the lies. In many cases (mine included) this only helps push them to trying the drugs. Note that most “statistics” on drug use come from those who have problems and do not represent a true population of drug users.

    What is also important (and also highlights the failure of current policies) is that as a society we don’t stigmatize people for using drugs.
    Teach people that if they use drugs to be open about it and how to watch for signs of addiction in themselves and others. This way people get help sooner when they need it and less damage is done.

    The caller who mentioned that “the bad boy” marketing and commercialization of this culture is “spot on”.

  39. 39 Vladimir, London via email
    March 5, 2008 at 19:23

    Drug taking is a personal choice and as long as you dont harm anyone you should be allowed to take drugs. The issue is much bigger though, smuggling, dealing and so on and thats why if you wanna take drugs you should be able to get them from legitimate sources.

  40. 40 Arablak, USA via email
    March 5, 2008 at 19:25

    Celebrities shouldn’t be treated any differently. If a harsher penalty is to be implemented, it should be done for non-celebrities as well. I can’t say that I’ve heard of anyone experiencing anything outside of rehab for mere drug use. If a celebrity is caught smuggling cocaine, by all means they should suffer the consequences. But the mere use of a drug should not impose any penalties the current laws do not normally enforce.

  41. 41 Alan, USA via email
    March 5, 2008 at 19:25

    For hard drugs, celebrities should stand up for the crime like everyone else. As for cannabis, laws should be relaxed and then there would be less of a need for hard drugs. Also the UN should set standards for drugs laws so each country will be dealing with hard drug crimes in the same way.

  42. March 5, 2008 at 20:34

    Get off lightly?
    They shouldn’t be in trouble at all because they take drugs.
    What on earth is wrong with taking drugs?

    I take drugs.
    I took an Aspirin to alleviate the headache brought on, by not only reading the comments here, but listening to the show.
    I am going to need more drugs before the night is out, in the form of a large brandy and soda accompanied by at least three cigarettes, just to project me into another reality, where people don’t indulge in hypocritical statements.

    I find it incredible that the ‘drug problem’ exists at all, it’s an absolute joke. The problem is nothing to to with the drug, whatever drug you may pick, it is to do with the legislation, and the formation of that legislation being made by either devious to the extreme manipulators, or such hideously ignorant and uneducated idiots, that they shouldn’t be holding the post.

    The way the whole topic is discussed brings to mind a previous WHYS on the subject of ‘are we getting dumber’. This debate hit an all time low.

    No definition of ‘drugs’. Well this makes any debate on the subject a bit redundant. Like a zero in a multiplication.
    Little mention of the sport stars penchant for ‘drugs’.
    No mention of ‘why are drugs illegal at all?’
    No mention of ‘what about the multi-billion buck pharmacutical industry?
    No mention of the politics behind the production and distribution of ‘drugs’.
    The list goes on.

    Drugs? Did Madonna take an Aspirin? YouTube should be told.

    There is a ‘drug problem’, a very large ‘drug problem’. But it will never come being close to resolved if it isn’t addressed holistically and honestly.
    .
    Malc Dow
    Berlin

  43. 43 Dedi Ramba
    March 6, 2008 at 03:49

    To start taking drugs is a personal decision. But, it’s true everyone wants to do the things celebrities do without giving them a serious thought.

    If the law is enforced properly, this concern won’t be there because the person is considered to have broken the law and should be punished appropriately whether or not they’re a celebrity.

  44. 44 John in Germany
    March 6, 2008 at 08:32

    Wow.
    Creativity when your minds blown with some sort of drug- Democracy that allows Coffee Shops,( the first step on the ladder to heavier consumption)…….

    Stradivarius a genius in his time liked wine, but was not a alcoholic, and look at what he produced. Many great symphonists excelled without drugs and alcohol, they just liked the ladies.

    Chet Atkins a virtuoso Guitarist, You never heard anything negative about Chet, and he was blumin!!!!! good. One could go on for ever.

    No excuse. No pitty, Justice the same for all. No Celebrity bonus. Face up to it they enjoy the lime light so they must take the rough with the smooth.

    And to all of the great professionals that set a good example. God be with you, and yours, who ever he is for you.

    John in Germany

  45. 45 CHIFUNDO KANDANI
    March 6, 2008 at 09:20

    In my country Malawi we don’t have such a thing as celebrities that does not mean that we dont have but we dont glomorise their achievements.When one is caught breaking the law they face the book just like anyone else. Mind you this Africa we dont have special prison facillities for A list stars like in west and this has also help to curb the influence of celebrities on the society. The funny bit is that there’s a big impact of western culture on our society and because these celebrities(western) do their piece meal time in jail after they come out they brag about it becomes so tempting for our youths to resist it because it sounds so cool. Its not fair to blame our society failures entirely on these celebrities but they should be treated as the same as everyone.
    BLANTYRE, MALAWI..

  46. 46 Dennis via email
    March 6, 2008 at 09:33

    celebritites and people with resources are given light treatment in
    the courts.

    if you are poor you will go to prison for a long time…

    Dennis

  47. 47 Gerry via email
    March 6, 2008 at 09:36

    People who take drugs are quite simply stupid, and those who take drugs because the so-called “celebrities” do so are even stupider.

    Gerry, Tasmania, Australia;

  48. 48 mosse zidane
    March 6, 2008 at 11:46

    “Americans are not yet ready to have a black man in the White House.

    The home of the president of America is called the White House because it is the house for the whites of America. “

    I’m white…. And I’m ready for a black President….

    Well….the black Lady SS is already in that white house.

  49. 49 John in Germany
    March 6, 2008 at 14:22

    Hi Malc Dow. Greetings.
    At least most of us recognised the throw of the question?. what’s your excuse? of course you don’t need one, but i could not get your angle.

    Right you are-the word Drugs, means to most: illegal drugs unless defined otherwise…………..And i hope you enjoy your brandy as much as i do, i just taste, smell, and look at the fire. Of course i am shot in the summer, and have to look at the flowers. Have you tried Berliner Weiss with that green stuff in it, i was told if you drink to much of the green stuff you can get high.(2 Gallons).

    Just going to get high on a glass of butter milk, with Strawberry juice, and a touch of pepper.

    Greetings all

    John in Germany

  50. 50 Candice Roth
    March 6, 2008 at 17:03

    Celebrites get off from taking drugs very easily!!

    It’s like this you go to court, spend a week in jail, cry alot in front of the cameras, and pay enought for everyone dealing with your case to let it all go, then you apologize publicly (maybe instert some tears), then for about a month go to rehab til it all dies down and your considered a decent human being again, then you get to do it all over agian.

    T%hat’s they way it is when your famous and rich money can buy you anything soemtimes even love for the rigth price, money has always bought freedom too, probably always will.

  51. 51 john in Germany
    March 7, 2008 at 08:18

    Hello Candice.
    Just as i felt, typical man i could not write the cry a lot. I am not so sure about buying love, it buys dependence, and subjection, and that’s about it.

    Here in Germany at the moment are a lot of girls from the old Russian dependencies, and they are looking for work as geneatric nurses, funnily enough, mainly with old men.

    Have a nice day
    John in Germany

  52. 52 Maribeth
    March 7, 2008 at 19:21

    I think that celebrities definitely get off on drugs and a lot of other things…why do they need all the free items they receive as endorsements and gifts when they can well afford to pay for them? They are above the law and are held to a different standard then non-celebrities. But in some ways it’s our own fault for continuing to put them on a pedestal. You reap what you sow.

  53. 53 Dennis Young, Jr.
    May 9, 2008 at 00:31

    i think that most of the time celebrities get off with committing
    drug offenses [charges], if not they can get the charges reduced….

    with the requirement if they can get drug counselling and
    treatment….

    Dennis
    Madrid, United States of America

  54. 55 Paul
    September 29, 2008 at 11:44

    ‘The White House is called that because the British burned it in the war of 1812 and it was painted white afterwards to hide the fire damage.’

    Ohhh yeah, sorry, im patriotic, just been doing about the Boer war and found out that the USA were the official creators of concentration camps =D


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