So it seems that Mr. Michael “8 Gold Medals in Beijing” Phelps is a pot smoker. Some photos came out. A bong was involved. He’s already falling all over himself apologizing for his “irresponsible behavior”.
I hate to shine the cold light of reason on everyone’s knee-jerk emotional response, but could we please re-examine why we feel an apology is even necessary?
- People who smoke pot have low motivation. Response: 8 gold medals Beijing
- Smoking pot reduces your lung capacity. Response: 8 gold medals, 40 career gold, seven world records, in fricking swimming
- It’s irresponsible because he’s a role model. Response: 8 gold medals in Beijing, and the President did it too. How much further up the chain would you like me to go? God? He invented it. (Example cited for dramatic effect. Still atheist.)
I’m not saying that smoking pot will get you gold medals, but it certainly didn’t appear to hurt in this case. Can we just get over the hysteria and move on?