Few celebrities are willing to take on the drug war. To do so would risk alienating fans, and more importantly, sponsors. Two decades ago there was a man who had the balls. His name was Bill Hicks.
Hicks not only related his positive experiences with drugs beyond marijuana, but he also assailed prohibitionist myths with gusto:
If I were going to legalize a drug it sure wouldn’t have been alcohol. Sorry. There’s better drugs and better drugs for you. That’s a fact. You may stop your internal dialogue. “But Bill alcohol is an acceptable …” Shut the fuck up. You’re wrong. Kay? Kay?
He addressed the hypocrisy of the government’s anti-drug ads that ran beside alcohol ads. He addressed the bias of the media that only covered drug scare stories and only featured users who were morons:
You never see positive drug stories on the news do you? Isn’t that weird. Since most of the experiences I’ve had were real fucking positive … How about a positive LSD story. Wouldn’t that be newsworthy? Just once to base your decision on information rather than scare tactics, and superstitions and lies. Just once. I think it would be newsworthy.
Despite his own problems with alcohol, Hicks fiercely defended the right of adults to use whatever substance they wanted. Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32. The cancer was not related to his drug use but the truth has never bothered those whom Hicks railed against:
Oh, yeh, Bill Hicks, hes the moron who used massive amounts of cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs until his body broke down and rewarded him with cancer for his lack of self-respect and he died young. In other words, a typical hippie Democrap. I wonder if he was a Community Organizer, too?
To read the words of another comic who took on the drug war go to “Chris Rock on Drugs.”
- Bill Hicks, Live (2004).
- Last quote from “CharlessMartel” on YouTube messageboard. LINK