Tobacco companies have gotten all sorts of heat for supposedly marketing their products to children, with images like.. Joe Camel. They’ve got nothing on the drug warriors, who continually screw up by creating anti-drug ads that become cult hits (egg and frying pan), are unintentionally hilarious (marijuana smokers support terrorists), or just plain make drugs fun!
Fast forward to 2005 and the image is of small schoolboy singing a nursery rhyme.
Bah bah black sheep, have you any E? Yes sir, yes sir, first hit’s free. They push it on the children, they push it every day. They push it on the little boy that lives down the way. Bah bah black sheep, have you any E? Yes sir, yes sir, first hit’s free.
Very clever. One problem. This pleasant little ditty is now being sung by school children who heard it on the television, and think it’s cute. Do they understand what they are saying? No. Would they be singing these words with this message without the help of this public service announcement ( PSA )? No.
Another ad brought to you by drugfree.org includes the Alphabet song:
A, B, C, D, PCP, E or X and THC, Special K and LSD, Gs and H and GHB. Now I know my drugs you see, next time won’t you sing with me?
So let’s see… The drug warriors make selling drugs profitable to black-market criminals to insure a guaranteed steady supply of competitively-priced (tax-free) drugs, avoid regulations that would restrict sales to children, prevent the use of harm reduction education programs, and then go out and actually market drugs to small children on television (along with reminding them about drugs at every opportunity).
Should we be apprehending the folks at drugfree.org and putting them in jail for child abuse?