Societal Hypocrisy Regarding Phelpsian Cannibus Use

Justin February 6, 2009 6

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 decided to suspend Phelps for three months. 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.

 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.  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, 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,  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.  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 that  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 surprised that a guy like Phelps took some bong hits.  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 was exhausted from battling his ADD riddled mind day in and day out. 

Plus, he’s already got a DUI on his record. Isn’t that far more damning than pot?


  1. scott salley February 6, 2009 at 3:49 pm -

    Well said. I wish everyone had the same rational thoughts about this.

  2. Kirkp February 6, 2009 at 11:04 pm -

    Now it makes sense that Kellogg’s would drop him. The only set of people this upsets are the religious nuts who like to criticize everyone but themselves. As for USA Swimming, I bet Phelps wasn’t planning to swim with them for 3 months, so that’s rather meaningless.

  3. onedayasalion February 7, 2009 at 10:03 am -

    pure hypocrisy.same country where you can die for your country at 18 in an illegal war but you cant have a beer.i had to take a bong hit after reading this im so upset!legalize it

  4. mary juanita February 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm -

    pure hypocrisy: everyone under 18 has had a beer.. or many. “illegal” war? well, who is gonna arrest the criminals participating in these illegalities? ..and you have to sign up, right? i had to smoke some crack after reading this im so happy! kill yourself

  5. Jason February 8, 2009 at 11:47 pm -

    OK, delusionals, time for a reality check. Obviously this is less about Phelps and more about your crusade against legalizing it. You use the “hypocrisy” as a shroud. The two issues have NOTHING to do with one another, yet you try and make them one in the same. This is not nearly as philosophical as you’re trying to make it to be. An Olympic hero, that this nation and the world was ga-ga over this summer, a role model for young kids, is doing drugs. Doesn’t matter if it should or should not be legal. Bottom line is, IT IS!! And if you’re going to use this as a platform to climb on your soapbox, then you clearly have no fucking clue. You really don’t. It’s about image. Michael Phelps makes his living on his image. He’s a sports hero/icon and he’s out doing this. Doesn’t make him a criminal or a villain. Makes him a colossal fucking idiot. And the fact that you, and your lemming readers, are using it as a platform to scream “hypocrites” and “legalize it” is absurd.

    And yeah, the DUI is worse, but let’s not be so stupid as to say two wrongs make a right. That makes your “point” ring even more hollow. Bu tthen again, if there was a point to made, you wouldn’t be a typical blogger, would ya?

  6. marijuanita February 12, 2009 at 1:05 pm -

    woah, jason. easy, buddy- did your mother get raped by a canibis plant or something?

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