I saw something incredible last Tuesday. I saw a man light up a cigarette and smoke it on live TV.
Not just on TV, on Fox News. On Hannity of all places. It shocked and amazed me. I’m not joking.
I turned 24 two weeks ago and in those 24 years of my life, I can’t think of a time I’ve seen a guest on anyshow just decide to light up a cigarette while filming. I certainly can’t think of a host doing it. It’s only thanks to YouTube that I know anyone ever actually did.
Because smoking is bad. The world has been telling me that for years. I have to say that I agree, at least as far as the health of the smoker is concerned (as for second hand smoke…please read this). But the way that smokers have been persecuted through the passage of insane anti-smoking laws, been demonized by the media, and shaken down like money trees by the government is just disturbing.
And now we can’t get a 2 liter bottle of soda with our pizzas in NYC.
First they came for the smokers, and we did nothing. Actually, too many of us cheered.
That Liberals are the ones to take away our freedom to choose soda would be highly ironic, if it weren’t so tragic. The fact that they can get away with creating the “War On Women” narrative out of whole cloth, while simultaneously waging wars on food, guns, school choice and free speech (Anyone hear from that Benghazi patsy recently? No?) not to mention their war on LIFE, well, it’s pretty freaking crazy.
And Tamara Holder thinks it’s hysterical. Because “Most Republicans are fatasses!”, a statistic she conveniently dislodged from her own southern-most sphincter (and on demand too, what skill!) disregarding the fact that these types of bans are regressive, hurt the poor disproportionately AND are forcibly preventing people from doing things because it MIGHT make them unhealthy.
It was with that comment that Bernard McGuirk (who happens to be pretty svelte, though I’m not sure of his political affiliation) decided he had heard enough, disengaged and lit up. Sean asked for one and lit up too. And I’m so glad that they did.
Because sometimes laws are stupid. Sometimes you need to let others know that dissent doesn’t mean smashing windows and defecating on cop cars. Sometimes it’s just a small, simple act of defiance that makes a difference.
And it did make a difference, at least to me; because it reminded me that there are still people out there that don’t care about being politically correct in the media, or even being legally correct when it comes to asinine legislation.
And while I will still continue not to smoke, two smokers got a whole lot cooler to me. Not just because they were smoking, but WHY they were smoking.
So thank you Bernie & Sean. When they come for my video games (link them to obesity, that always works) I’ll have made sure to have at least fought for your cigs.