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Character Confession: I’m Angry that Mary Jane is So Popular

Posted by Julie on June 25, 2011 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

It’s Saturday so here is my Character Confession. Can you relate? I’d love to hear your comments.





I haven’t been watching a ton of TV (a good thing) but when I do, I’m noticing a trend.

Celebrities are pushing pot as a fun thing to do without consequences.

And that, my friends, makes me angry.

Entertainers gush about how their “inhaling” gives them creativity and helps them write songs and calm down. I watched one late night talk show where an actress who is also known as a beloved animated character went on and on and on with the host about how she went to high school and bought the drug off what is now a well known rap star. Said rap star was a guest performer on a kid’s show my children watch. His personal habits weren’t pushed but still, celebrating this lifestyle makes me angry.

I know growing up when Nancy Reagan said Just Say No, it sounded cheesy. Yet I rode the tough bus where many of the kids were involved with that drug. There wasn’t anything glamourous about them or their choices. The stats are there that users move on to heavier drugs. Addiction is possible. But of course, the entertainers aren’t telling you that part of the story.

I’m not entering the medical reason debate because that isn’t my issue today. I’m just sick and tired of turning on the TV and seeing “Mary Jane” as my elders called it, promoted as a fun thing to do when I have kids that enjoy the people’s work who are bragging about it. If you want to be on the stage and famous I think being a role model comes with the territory. I take that seriously as a writer and ministry worker. People are watching and that isn’t paranoia from your choices, it’s the truth.

I don’t like this, not at all.

And since this is my blog and my confession, I’m allowed to be angry.

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