I love after school specials or I used to… or I never watched any in my life but like how they sound.
Alright, the term sounds funny and I just want to use it.
Okay, honestly now. I’ve for some years, enjoyed advertisements of Cannabis propaganda, they’re consistently fun/funny and inexplicably incorrect.
Yes, disinformation can be rather funny when one is already properly informed but of course this sort of shite wasn’t always amusing to me.
I believe when I first embarked on my journey with reefer, I used to see ads on the t.v. whilst burning said reefer and getting highly offended, scandalised even, by the judgement and lies that could spew from the idiot box.
As I’d become more knowledgeable and aware of what is what with that magic porridge pot, I then begun to see the humour.
Anyway today I have for you an after school special on, “pot” (guhhh, still hate using that word for ganja.) called, “Jack’s A Fu-”
Whatever just roll the tape. (Tape, you know.. like we’re still in the 90’s going back)
What a lovely disinformative load of codswallop. If you managed to get through the whole video, well done – I did too, but I suppose I felt some sort of obligation.
The following is an extract from Vox article which pretty much summarises my thoughts on the above video:
How the internet freed America from ridiculous anti-drug propaganda
“In the past few decades, much of this rhetoric culminated in anti-drug campaigns for schoolchildren. The anti-drug program DARE, for instance, claimed in now-deleted “fact sheets” that marijuana has no medical value, weakens the immune system, and causes insanity and lung disease — claims that are false or, at the very least, widely disputed by the research on pot.
Sometimes the anti-drug messaging even took a racist turn. In 1914, the New York Times ran an article that claimed “Negro cocaine ‘fiends’ are a new southern menace,” suggesting that cocaine made black people violent and impervious to bullets. Drug expert Carl Hart explained in a piece for the Nation that this type of racist rhetoric was actually standard in the drug war: Time and time again, the effects of drug use wereexaggerated to suggest these substances would turn black, Hispanic, and Asian men into dangerous maniacs, typically in order to attack a helpless woman.
Take, for instance, these alleged quotes from Anslinger, reported by journalist Maia Szalavitz:
“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.” … “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”
What makes this anti-drug rhetoric so bad, beyond its factual inaccuracy and general ugliness, is that it doesn’t even work to reduce drug use. Variousstudiesshow DARE, for example, failed to significantly cut drug use among participants. Why? For one, teens were simply too good at catching and dismissing clear exaggerations about the detrimental health effects of relatively harmless drugs like marijuana, and that helped discredit DARE’s overall efforts.
“Especially with teens, you’ve got to be credible,” Michael Slater, an expert at Ohio State University who’s studied anti-drug campaigns, previously told me. “They’ve got great BS thermometers.”
So these messages don’t just actively misinform the public; they also don’t appear to actually accomplish what they seek to do — reduce drug use. Still, as Americans’ sole source of information about drugs for much of the past century, they helped suppress support for laxer drug policies for decades.”
That excerpt didn’t actually summarise my exact feelings on the matter but other parts did, so you should really give the full article a read up if/when you have the time.. I shouldn’t need to tell you but it’s actually informative.
I feel as though this may turn out looking like Audrey Hepburn in tatts, smoking a doobie – hence why the working title Aud. Hempburn.
As it happens, I’ve just come across this one (below) by Seattle artist Cheyenne Randall below featured on the Independent.
Yep, I think I can almost safely say that we’re on the verge of a series finale and once done, body of work will be up on a virtual gallery near you and hopefully thereafter, a physical gallery not necessarily in a close proximity to you.. but hopefully!
Tintin In Tatts is on the brink, basically walking along the razors edge at this point.
New merch, out on “virtual shelves” next Monday so look out!
Also if you missed it, check on my last two posts, the other day some music’s [We Don’t Wait For The Summer] been dropped by a local talent, Barbadian, hip-hop artist – Teff Hinkson. Aaand I had the pleasure of illustrating the artwork for said track, so go-go-goooo!