7-11, Heroin AM and Porn

The top mainstream news story on CNN today is that Donald Trump said 7-11 when he meant 9/11 – thus disqualifying him from public office. Despite countless opportunities, Rudy Giuliani never failed to say 9/11 properly, so there you have it.

Another big story is that Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Saturday Night Live poked fun at the over-prescribed painkillers that have helped to bring the heroin epidemic to white suburbia. According to CNN, the skit with JLD pitching Heroin AM has led to calls from some quarters to boycott SNL.

Today, I got a news release from Addiction Care Interventions, a New York chemical dependency treatment center that is advocating a viewer boycott of “Saturday Night Live” over the heroin commercial….

A Wisconsin sheriff issued his own Sunday-morning news release that called the skit an “unfortunate incident” that the community can survive by using the whole sorry affair “as an opportunity to once again have a conversation about the fight against heroin and the misuse of opiate prescription drugs.”

As an anecdote, I didn’t have or mention any great pain, but was prescribed Tylenol 3 with codeine for my Deep Vein Thrombosis. I was hesitant because I once took that stuff back in the 1980s after having two wisdom teeth pulled, and it made the room spin. I took one before bedtime, then had intense dreams until waking at 2 AM, and was not able to fall asleep again. So the next day I both had a swollen leg and was dog tired. On a client visit I ran into a drug counselor who urged us all to throw away our old meds lest someone steal them.

The Washington Post had an article last week to the effect that pornography has become a public health dilemma, and now Utah’s governor is signing a resolution saying just that and also signing a bill requiring that IT techs report any porn they find on customer’s computers to the authorities. A real crackdown on porn would be interesting because it is reportedly by far the main driver of internet traffic. Requiring people to rat out their clients is a scary thought, though. It sounds like a law that could be selectively enforced.

I do think that most porn is unrealistic, but so is any fantasy material. Look at all the beautiful, willing women dating the gangly nerds in Big Bang Theory. Then look at all the products the characters are holding. There is an agenda behind most of the stuff that is flashed before our eager eyes, and we have to learn the difference between fact and fabrication, truth and truthiness by ourselves.

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One response to “7-11, Heroin AM and Porn”

  1. saywhatumean2say says :

    There is an agenda behind most of the stuff that is flashed before our eager eyes, and we have to learn the difference between fact and fabrication, truth and truthiness by ourselves. (Wasn’t that some sort of point of a book from the 70s?) Some media hack that made money from dissing his own profession?

    Of course why shouldn’t we differentiation…why shouldn’t we learn? Without realization of self consciousness and our own personal needs, who can really teach us? We need to explore and teach ourselves. Sit back, accept what is really real and go for the ride, even if it is not…really real i mean. Life can be exciting BUT each of us is responsible for ourselves…

    i seem to have gotten off track here, so to close, i’m not really sure that I even “got” the post. Soooo Sorry! dru

    This is the start of the Laarge Daark Aardvark Song.
    (bum-bum-bum-bum, bum-bum-bum, bum, yeah yeah yeah!)
    There is a large dark aardvark in the park,
    They say he’s missing from the zoo.
    (that’s me, folks!)
    And the police are looking high and low
    But they have not seen him; have you?
    (peek-a-boo!)
    Why did he go?
    Oh, I’ll tell you the reason:
    ‘Cause it’s aardvark mating season.
    When an aardvark makes a date
    He sneaks right through that old zoo gate.
    So, if you see two aardvarks necking in the park,
    Don’t upset their apple cart.
    Do not be a spy, you’re not the FBI
    And you should never break an aardvark’s heart.
    This is the second chorus of the Aardvark Song.
    To be an aardvark is not easy, folks,
    ‘Cause all you get to eat is ants.
    (dee-licious!)
    And all the other animals make jokes
    At your attempts to find romance.
    (very funny…)
    Nobody laughs at hippopotamusses,
    Or at fat rhinoceroses,
    But an aardvark makes them howl
    Because he’s neither fish nor fowl;
    He’s like a kangaroo in love with a gnu,
    And that’s what makes the zoo folks laugh.
    All of this is so, and here is how I know:
    I’m your friendly neighborhood giraffe!
    This is the end of the Laarge Daark Aardvark Song.
    (bum-bum-bum-bum, bum-bum-bum, bum, yeah yeah yeah!)
    sallysally@usa.net

    SONGWRITERS
    ALLAN SHERMAN

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