At first glance they may look like an odd couple. The hairy Rona Ambrose, and the equally hairy sloth from Australia.
But it turns out they are both peddling the same message.
And while until today I thought that Rona's Killer Weed ad was the worst anti-marijuana ad ever made...
You know, the one where that heap of glass tubing is supposed to be your brain after you smoke up.
Or at least the most ridiculous ad campaign since that old classic Reefer Madness...
Now it seems that Reefer Rona has some serious competition.
And is being given a run for
The New South Wales government’s “stoner sloth” campaign, intended to warn teenagers of the dangers of sustained marijuana use, has instead driven web traffic to a “cannabis solutions” site.
The campaign shows human-size, anthropomorphic sloths mistaking salad for salt at the dinner table, struggling to opine on pairing socks with sandals at a party, and other relatable examples of the pitfalls of being a teenager high on marijuana, with the tagline “you’re worse on weed”.
Like Ambrose's ad campaign, which had to be withdrawn after Canada's doctors accused her of playing politics with the health of Canadians, the Stoner Sloth campaign also seems to have backfired badly...
The official Stoner Sloth Facebook page, which has attracted nearly 14,000 likes, has been overwhelmed with comments making fun of the campaign or questioning its logic.
“Smoke weed, become one of the most adorable animals in the world. Where do I get some weed?” commented Andrew Watton-Davies.
And is now being widely parodied...
But you know, while Ambrose's "This is Your Brain on Marijuana" ad might not have been THAT funny. How could it be when it made you want to stick a pipe cleaner in your ear?
I still believe it's just as ridiculous. And I still believe that Rona is dumber than the Stoner Sloth.
And here's the proof.
Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose says any plan to sell pot in liquor stores like the LCBO would not guarantee it will be kept out of the hands of children.
"Well, that's not been hugely successful in terms of restricting access for kids. So we'll be watching that. That to me is the No. 1 issue," Ambrose said in a year-end interview with CBC News.
She still thinks that legalizing marijuana will lead to more teenagers smoking it, even though preliminary evidence suggests the opposite is happening.
While it's a politically potent message -- nobody wants to see more kids doing drugs -- there's a substantial body of research showing that teen pot use hasn't risen in the states that have legalized medical marijuana. In 2014, a year when marijuana was all over the news and national attitudes toward the drug are relaxing, teen use actually trended downward.
And even though common sense suggests that restricting its sale to places like liquor stores, will make it harder for kids to buy it rather than easier.
But then of course, Ambrose has no time for science or common sense. She would rather hand the profits to drug dealers instead of the government, spend even more more money on the Great Failed War on Marijuana, and send even more young Canadians to jail.
Like her nutty leader did...
In his desperate attempt to use marijuana as a wedge issue to attack Justin Trudeau.
Which only made Justin even more popular.
Just like Rona's continuing campaign will almost certainly do again.
While the popularity of that Australian ad, can only make even more Canadians wonder who is OUR Stoner Sloth?
And of course give thanks that Rona Ambrose is no longer the Health Minister or the Minister of ANYTHING.
Give thanks that as the leader of the not so new/nouveau Cons, she still doesn't know what she is doing.
And that with a little bit of dumb and a little bit of crazy, she will help lead them ALL to the oblivion they deserve...
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