I’m 45-years-old. That pretty much makes me an old man who yells at clouds. I’m not that familiar with this Lily Allen but from what I understand she is some kind of pop songstress who is mostly popular in the UK. The venerable Daily Mail has reported that she was paid to promote E-Lites brand e-cigs in one of her videos. Of course this has parents outraged. OUTRAGED, I tell you.
As an aside the Daily Mail is the epitome of everything that’s wrong with journalism today. If it’s not designed to outrage it’s one of those “You won’t believe” bullshit stories. So fuck you Daily Mail.
Getting back to Ms. Allen it’s the same old trope that’s been going on about celebrities even before I was a kid. The pearl clutchers will say “How can she do that, she’s a role model to children.” No, no she’s not. She’s a celebrity. It’s not her job to teach your kids what’s wrong and right. As a parent that’s supposed to be your job.
DO you think I started smoking because I saw some musician smoke a cigarette on Headbanger’s Ball? (Kids, ask your parents.) No, I did it because my friends did and none of them learned it from TV or in today’s case the internet.
You would think that she would be praised for promoting a less dangerous alternative to smoking but then what would the soccer moms have to bitch about?