Subject: MEDIA GLORIFIES DRUG-PLAGUED ENTERTAINERS
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MEDIA ALLOWS FAME
WHY GLORIFY STARS
WITH KNOWN DRUG AND
BAD LIFESTYLE HABITS?
The media has no bleepin' clue how to cover the death of Whitney
Houston. That's because she was slowly dying for years, and many in the
press simply averted their eyes. It was ultra-disturbing that a
beautiful woman blessed with an extraordinary singing voice chose a
self-destructive path in full view of the world. I mean, here is a
person who signed a $100 million recording contract, actually sold 170
million albums, and commanded high six figures to deliver a 90-minute
concert. Ms. Houston was a genuine worldwide star, yet was often seen in
public disheveled and confused, her substance addiction apparent. The
media simply did not know what to say.
We live in a time where addiction is categorized as a disease, and to
do what Nancy Reagan once did, urge people to reject narcotics, is
considered uncool. How many young performers do we see doing public
service announcements warning children to avoid intoxication? Right now,
I can't think of one.
The national media prides itself on being non-judgmental unless you
are against abortion. Then you are dismissed as "anti-woman" or a
religious zealot. But in the arena of personal behavior, there's an
excuse for just about every non-violent activity or bad decision.
There is no question that some of us have a history of addiction in
our families. There are folks who can use drugs casually and avoid
dependence. But they are the exception. Once a person decides to dabble
in cocaine, or opiates like heroin and Oxycontin, they are putting
themselves at grave risk. And they know it. There are legends of famous
people who wound up dead just like Whitney Houston. From Elvis Presley
to Michael Jackson, the signposts are impossible to miss. No matter how
rich and powerful you are, drugs can and will destroy you.
The current medical marijuana ruse is a great example of a society
walking away from a responsible position. Ask any drug rehab counselor
and he or she will tell you that pot often leads a person to harder drug
use and is mentally addictive itself. Yes, most people can function
while stoned. But the more you alter your mind, the more your
perspective on life changes. Believe me, I know people who get stoned or
drunk every day. They become incredibly desensitized to those around
On the kid front, the situation is dire. Once a child enters the
world of intoxication, their childhood is gone. Presto -- they are jaded.
That's how dangerous drugs and alcohol are to immature minds. Society
has an obligation to protect its children, not to tacitly accept or
embrace mind-altering agents like marijuana.
Whitney Houston, however, was an adult who made a decision to embrace
the drug life. Reports say she tried to rehabilitate herself a few
times, but you know how that goes. Once a person enters the hell of
addiction, there is no easy way out.
And that's how the Whitney Houston story should be covered. As a
cautionary tale. Another life vanquished by substance abuse.
--By Bill O'Reilly for BillOReilly.com Feb 16, 2012
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