The phoniness is palatable.
Michael Phelps has now been branded a bad guy for smoking pot. His top sponsor has turned its back on him. Even the organization he’s dedicated his life to helping has decided he needs to be punished.
So, who are these people making judgements about Phelps? Clearly, they must all be above reproach.
Let’s start with the Kellogg’s company, which has decided the Gold Medalist is no longer a sufficient spokesperson for their line of mostly sugar coated breakfast cereals and icing drenched pop-tarts. I think we can all agree that Phelps’ pot smoking qualifies as a youthful indiscretion. So, let’s learn about Kelloggs’ early days. Shall we?
Kellogg’s was founded as the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company on February 19, 1906, by Will Keith Kellogg as an outgrowth of his work with his brother John Harvey Kellogg at the Battle Creek Sanitarium following practices based on the Seventh-day Adventist Christian denomination. The company produced and marketed the hugely successful Kellogg’s Toasted Corn Flakes and was renamed the Kellogg Company in 1922.
Interesting. The breakfast cereal company started at a Sanitarium. Let’s delve deeper.
At the sanitarium, Kellogg explored various treatments for his patients, including diet reform and frequent enemas. He encouraged a low-fat, low-protein diet with an emphasis on whole grains, fiber-rich foods, and most importantly, nuts.
Yes. Nuts indeed.
Next up, USA Swimming, which has decidedÂ to suspend Phelps for three months.Â The agency released this explanation:
This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated, but we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero.
Â Of course it’s not an anti-doping situation. USA Swimming happily turns a blind eye to that sort of thing. 41 year old Dara Torres was the second biggest story of last summer’s Olympics. Â And while she was giving Bob Costas a tour of her home before the Beijing games, she proudly pointed out the canisters of vitamins and supplements she takes every day, many of which she had to travel to Germany to buy, since they aren’t available in the US. You think USA Swimming has asked her any questions about that? It’s not like Germany has a history of loading up female swimmers with performance enhancers. Oh wait a minute. Yes it is.
Finally,Â we turn our attention to society as a whole. Why is Marijuana still such a taboo? Let me couch this argument by saying I have never smoked pot. I am uncool and was scared of my parents,Â so I resisted when my friends did not. And they “did not” quite often, I might add.
But, at the same time, I am smart enough to see that moderate marijuana use has absolutely no ill affects on most members of society.Â We’ve had two consecutive Presidents who admit to abusing alcohol and snorting cocaine. Clearly, our society has come a long way since “I smoked it, but I never inhaled.” How come we can get over the fact thatÂ the leader of the free world did some bad stuff as a kid, but a goofy swimmer from Baltimore is held to an overly high standard.
And let’s not act so surprisedÂ that a guy likeÂ Phelps took someÂ bong hits. Â He was clearly a problem child who’s overwhelmed single mother dropped him in a pool and hoped he’d take to it, because she wasÂ exhausted fromÂ battling his ADD riddled mind day in and day out.Â
Plus, he’s already got a DUI on his record. Isn’t that far more damning than pot?