Many supporters of legal marijuana are cheering Charlo Greene, the Alaska news anchor who quit on-air with an F-bomb and a dream to run her cannabis club.
“No fuss, understated, to the point. I like this girl,” wrote one Twitter user.
“GOLD — This will be watched by millions,” said another.
“… you lost your job, but walked out like a boss.”
“A video sure to take away your Monday blues.”
In other words, you don’t have to look far to see the way that Internet users and, let’s face it, the pro pot smoking crowd, has embraced Charlo Greene and made a hero of her. But now let’s try on a dose of reality.
Greene is every bad stereotype of the pot community rolled into one.
She starts a cannabis club and campaigns for “medical marijuana legalization” yet she shows in a short 30-second clip that she has no tact, no sense of professionalism and no concern for what her future might hold.
If she ever wanted to get back on the air and become a news anchor again, she’s out of luck. No network wants to take a risk that their talent will quit on-air and drop an F-bomb for the entire world to hear.
Call them lame, but they’re just not “hip” like that, web virality notwithstanding.
Charlo Greene does not live in the real world, and that shows in her childish, impulsive act. She also quickly tries to cover her tracks by playing the crusader-with-a-cause angle, issuing this apology after the fact.
“[I quit my job this way] because I wanted to draw attention to this issue,” Greene said in comments reported by ADN. “And the issue is medical marijuana. Ballot Measure 2 is a way to make medical marijuana real … most patients didn’t know the state didn’t set up the framework to get patients their medicine. If I offended anyone, I apologize, but I’m not sorry for the choice that I made.”
Here’s her choice in all its NSFW glory.
What is so irksome about Charlo Greene and those like her is this: they hide behind the “medical marijuana” argument when all they really want is to get high.
Sure, they feel good about cancer patients and other terminally ill individuals benefitting from it, but that isn’t their first love or their primary motivation. If it was, they wouldn’t fulfill every negative stereotype their opponents force on them in outbursts like the one above.
No, Greene and others like her are pretty much piggybacking on the pain of others so they can get high. End of story.
And I say that as someone who supports you in your desire to smoke more pot. If cigarettes are legal, marijuana should be as well. I agree. But don’t try to sell me on your nobility. It’s a crock as the now ex-news anchor above has demonstrated.
What do you think, readers? Should Charlo Greene have avoided the on-air outburst, and are legal marijuana supporters as disingenuous as they seem?
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