I don't usually look at those petitions, but I'm glad I looked at this one.Now, I'm off to the grocery store to buy some yogurt.
I for one think that Phelps should be hailed for doin' bongs and performing so well as an athlete. Hats off!
Good for Kellogg's. What an ass.
... he said, while popping open a beer.
I totally wanted Phelps to turn around and say to the reporters, "Hell yeah, I smoke pot! And you know what? I've got more freakin' Olympic gold medals than all of you dickheads put together! Put that in your bongs and smoke it, fucktards!"
I twittered I wanted to boycott them as well! Too funny!
Ooohhh....I like the Imaginary Reviewers response.
I garuntee that eating Kellogs is a worse example for Michael Phelps to set for kids than toking. Their cereals aren't exactly helping our nations obesity issues.
I think Kellogg's really missed the boat here. Frosted flakes and bongs in the morning are ggrrrrreat!
I am with you 90% of the time. Not on this one. Kelloggs did the right thing to drop him.
With me on what? I didn't express an opinion. The petition is a joke.
If everyone in this country who ever rocked the ganga stood up and said, "I smoke it (or used to smoke it) and I am a fine, upstanding citizen, so blow it out yer arse" maybe we'd have a little less hypocrisy over smoking some weed.Ridiculous controversy. Not that I'm condoning it or anything... heh.
For those of you with kids who think Phelps' firing is wrong, I'm curious what you tell your kids about smoking pot. I'm not judging what you may have done in your youth, or for that matter still do. I'd just like to know how you reconcile that when it comes to your own children.
I sure wouldn't condone it for my kids or yours. I do think there is a hypocrisy in this country about allowing alcohol to be legal while the weed doesn't enjoy that right. What I find about the weed is that it tends to not lower the inhibitions the way booze does. Guess I'd rather have my kids smokin' dope at a party than drinking.My reason for sending this on to Cary was that it was an amusing petition. You know, the way we used to think Cheech and Chong were amusing. Back before Nancy Reagan made us so uptight.
I don't have kids. On purpose. As for marijuana use, I second Lefty's comments about weed vs alcohol use. Pot doesn't make you go out and "rob banks and kill babies" to support your habit. Granted, it's dangerous if you drive a car under the influence, just like being drunk, using a cell phone and myriad other distractions can be. But if I had kids and had to choose alcohol use vs marijuana - I'd be more likely to choose pot every time. Your mileage may (and I'm sure will) vary.
I haven't smoked any marijuana in 35 years, but while this petition is trying to be humorous I think they have a point - I don't eat any of this crap so I can't really boycott it. Marijuana should have been decriminalized long ago. To bad out crackhead former President didn't advocate for that instead of trying to wreck Social Security.
Thanks for the laugh. Very funny.If he can enjoy the bong and then go on to win zillions of medals, he deserves a pat on the back. It's not like pot helped him win.
I get why Kellogg's did it -- it's business and leaving him on the box will hurt their bottom line. But I also think they are the real criminals here for what they charge for cereal.I'm not a toker but I think the whole thing is much ado about nothing. A 23yo took a bong hit? Wow, color me shocked. But let's not hang the guy just yet. Olympian or not, he's just an ordinary 23yo who never claimed to be perfect or asked to be held up as such.I don't hear anyone bitching about Snoop Dogg or boycotting "Cheers" because Woody Harrelson is pro-weed.The instrusiveness of it bothers me too. Celebrities can't even walk down the street anymore without someone following them with a camera. We need to butt the fuck out of other people's lives.
He is a 23 yr. old guy who hasn't had much of a life or chance to "let down his hair" in his quest for athletic near-perfection! He went to a party and toked, BFD! I get that Kellogg's has a corporate "image" to protect and it make sense, from a business point of view, to drop him. It won't change my opinion of Phelps, he is one amazing athlete and deserve the accolades for his accomplishments. I respect him much more than f**king A-Rod who finally owns up...sort of...to steroids but will continue making his $275m for playing a (boring) game. Grrrrrrr.....
I just enjoy the way that Lefty refers to it as "the weed". I don't know why, but I'm chuckling.
I just cannot stop thinking about the massive bong hit he could take with lungs like those. Gold Medal Bong Hitting for sure.
HA HA!Not a guy you really want to smoke with.. Mr. Bogart
I call it "the weed" in an attempt to give the illusion of distance from the sweet, sticky, buds which I so crave. Teacher.. mother... secret lover.-drool-
From here on out, I shall refer to you as "The Lefty".
Bogart indeed. It would be like that classic scene from Vacation where rusty chugs the whole beer after being offered a sip....I also prefer to call it Grass. Not sure why.
Well, I AM a parent, and I suppose I have to go with my own philosophy on Life in General: Be Honest. My kid is a little young yet for a meaningful talk, but the way I look at it, a lot of people are mighty hypocritical when it comes to substances. I plan on telling her about how some things can make you feel differently, and that one must use self-awareness and moderation, as well as caution, when deciding to imbibe. In other words, don’t drink and drive, don’t binge, don’t operate heavy machinery, don’t take something you don’t know what it is and what it will do, etc. There is a BIG difference between smoking a little weed on a recreational basis and pounding a fifth every night and pretending it isn’t affecting your whole life (or what is left of it).Maybe it is because I DID do drugs that I have this attitude. I don’t like hypocrites. Some folks make a big deal about legal vs illegal, but we could cite quite a few laws that don’t necessarily make sense or are fair… I make the distinction about health and overall balance and how functional your life is. Someone who is downing prescription painkillers just to face their job or spouse every day is not a holier person than some 23 year old fit and healthy athlete who let down his guard for a while. (poor schmuck – I agree that we need to stop stalking people with cameras.)
Loved the petition! History will (hopefully) remember Phelps as the recipient of the most gold medals ever won (to date) at an Olympic game. Not the dude who took a bong hit at a party when he was 23. Kelloggs dropped him...maybe Visine will pick him up.
Or Cheetos. His agent should be on the horn to Frito-Lay stat.
Gee Cary,your readers seem to be very well-informed.btw. I heard that the guy that took the picture sold it for $3000.
Someone should take it out of his ass.
I think the difference here (and I like the guy and have no issue with him partying after living in a pool for years and years) is that he represented his country - this wasn't like your or I smoking weed - AND Kelloggs, whatever the hell you want to say about them, market to families with young kids and to those kids directly as well. I have no problem with their stand. My kids and every kid at elementary school was discussing this which is kind of a bummer. But we live in a techno age where every kid will hear or see it.His biggest crime is stupidity - you can't party with anybody but your very closest, most trusted peeps, dude. And the guy who sold it should get his ass pounded.
I'd tell my kids that they could get arrested or expelled if they get caught, and that I'll do whatever I can to keep them out of prison. Then I'd burn their stash. That's how weed ruins lives in this country, after all, via more and more pigheaded laws.