I’m sitting in my chair minding my own business and watching some bad television when I notice something.
I’m trying to concentrate on “Highlander” (the series, not the movie. I know, it’s not nearly as good as the movie, but sometimes Duncan wears jeans…) and they keep putting all these commercials in the way, and I’m kind of paying attention to those too.
What I learned from the commercials is that Amaretto is consumed by very hot people who use it for foreplay, that vodka is also extremely cool, that if you want to live the good life you should drink some kind of beer, and that if you ever smoke marijuana you will automatically be involved in an automotive fatality.
You might be the guy who was driving stoned when his little brother was killed, or the guy goofing on the drive thru when he ran over the little girl on the bike, or the crash test dummy who did some bad things to an automobile because he was toking, but if you smoke weed you WILL drive and someone will die.
Leaving aside the question of how the same network can show an anti marijuana ad directly before an ad for hard liquor without noticing the irony, it leaves me wondering if the legalization advocates have finally won.
Is that, finally, all that the prohibitionists have left as an argument? Are they left with the idea that driving stoned is bad? I agree, it is, but if that’s your best argument, the one that you are spending all that money to bring to the viewing public, then you might want to try to avoid getting yourself sandwiched between spots which highlight just how amazingly neat and sexy booze is. The breweries and distilleries tend to underplay the whole crashing automobiles thing, and they have access to better advertising agencies.