Sunday, February 2, 2014

Why I Don't Do Drugs

Hollywood has lost another talented actor. Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose this morning. He was 46. I loved him in Almost Famous, and enjoyed his now never-to-be-reprised role in Hunger Games Catching Fire.

However, he was an idiot.

Let's examine this subject, shall we?

Celebrities who overcame drug addiction:

Robert Downey Jr -my hero!-
Mark Wahlberg
Drew Barrymore
Elton John

Celebrities who we're expecting to die from drug overdose any day now:

Lindsay Lohan (maybe it's because no one would care? Lol)
Rhianna
Charlie Sheen

Celebrities who died of a drug overdose or issues related to extreme drug use:

Judy Garland
Corey Haim
Brittney Murphy
River Phoenix
Heath Ledger
Philip Seymour Hoffman
*and the two real peoe he's best known for portraying: Lester Bangs and 
Truman Capote
Whitney Houston
Jim Morrison
Marilyn Monroe
Janis Joplin
Jimi Hendrix
Elvis Presley
Coco Chanel
Chris Farley
Howard Hughes
Thomas Kinkade
Bruce Lee
Billie Holliday
Sid Vicious
Billy Mays

Point made?

An drug-altered state of consciousness does not appeal to me. Maybe it's because I'm too much of a control freak to allow something else to have control over me. Maybe it's because, for all the psychological problems I've had, fixing it with drugs has never interested me. 

I get that celebrity life is hard in many ways. Your life is not your own, you have zero privacy, and you're held to ridiculous standards of perfection that no ordinary human could posdibly manage.

However, there have got to be better ways of dealing with the pressure. Yoga, meditation, religion, exercise, yelling at paparazzi, buying and escaping to a private island, taking a stand for whatever cause you believe in.

Don't do it, celebs. Say "no" to drugs. Take advantage of your spot in the limelight and set a good example for the rest of us.

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