Friday, August 19, 2005

Let's blame the Godfather!

Man, the New York Daily News is just doing my job for me today. Paired with its tale of bad heroin is a survey showing that more kids are using drugs and alcohol. This sentence I can't make heads or tails of:

That doesn't bode well for keeping kids free of drugs and alcohol, the survey found, because 12- to 17-year-olds who attend schools where drugs are used, kept or sold, are three times as likely to try pot and twice as likely to drink alcohol than teens at drug-free schools.
Um, isn't that obvious? But here's the bombshell, buried down in the story:

For the first time, researchers also linked R-rated movies to teens' illicit behavior. Those who watched R-rated flicks three or more times a month were seven times more likely to smoke cigarettes, six times more likely to smoke pot and five times more likely to drink alcohol than teens who didn't watch those movies, the survey found.
Let's speak slowly here ... that in no way means that R-rated movies cause drug use. What that means is that parents who don't let their kids watch R-rated movies have their kids under their goddamn thumb.

To put it in the words of the Bookhouse Gal, who wasn't allowed to watch R-rated movies as a teen, "you're under lockdown." So, yeah, if you want to home-school your kids and make them be terrified of you and not let them watch The French Connection, Silence of the Lambs or any of the other Best Picture winners that have been rated "R," go nuts.

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