Miley Cyrus and the Stoner Stereotype
Miley Cyrus is nearing twenty years of age, and the days of denying her use of marijuana are far behind her… all the way back in 2010. But while Cyrus did make a comment about her Bob Marley birthday cake being a sure sign that her friends think she smokes too much weed, there is something to be said for this pot-smoking dynamo.
Miley’s good friend Kelly Osborne stated, “if Miley isn’t recording/filming/touring, she works every day. How could she possibly do all that if she was a stoner?” Could this comment be a contradictory statement that kills the “stoner” stereotype? We know for a fact that Miley no longer denies usng marijuana, and we know for a fact that she is a hard worker, pumping out movies, songs, clothing lines, and much more.
Could it be that someone who smokes marijuana isn’t a lazy do-nothing? Of course. It may not be the best choice for everyone, but for those who use marijuana responsibly, it’s really no different than responsibly drinking wine or having a few cocktails.
The issue for those of us who are not entertainment moguls is that most of us have to pass a drug test for employment, regardless of whether we’re working at a coffee shop, for the military, if we’re teamsters or even hair dressers.
While it may no longer be the big bad wolf the way it was during the days of filmstrips about the dangers of marijuana cigarettes, smoking pot is still an outlaw affair if you want to keep your job.
But with every popularly perceived evil, there is an antidote. And that’s why if you want to maintain your liberties and freedoms, you’ll also need to make sure you can pass a drug test… because liberty and justice don’t pay the bills.
To quote Miley, “There’s always gonna be another mountain,” we agree. But if you like “The Climb,” then you better be prepared for the urine drug test you’ll have to take afterwards.
Freedom isn’t free, but it’s definitely for sale.