Yesterday driving back from Taos, I was listening to the radio……we only get Country and Spanish stations out here and I was listening to Country. On came an especially obnoxious PSA about under age drinking. Some geeky sounding father telling his stereotyped sounding son about the dangers of underage drinking.
I’m sure everyone has heard these PSAs where many times parents have to consult an ‘expert’ before they talk to their child.
IMMEDIATELY following the offensive PSA, the country song, GETTING DRUNK ON A PLANE was played.
[Getting Drunk on a Plane was a number one hit. see video below]
Here are are some of the lyrics:
Buyin’ drinks for everybody
But the pilot, it’s a party
Got this 737 rocking like a G6
Stewardess is someone sexy
Leanin’ pourin’ Coke and whiskey
Told her about my condition
Got a little mile-high flight attention
It’s Mardi Gras up in the clouds
I’m up so high, I may never come down
I’ll try anything to drown out the pain
They all know why I’m getting drunk on a plane
On my way home I’ll bump this seat right up to first class
So I can drink that cheap champagne out of a real glass
And when we land I’ll call her up and tell her kiss my ass
‘Cause hey, I’m drunk on a plane
~Dierks Bently/Getting Drunk on a Plane
So the message?…it’s obvious..getting drunk is cool and it’s the way to solve your problems. And if you listen to Country music, that’s what a lot of it is about.
So why bother with the PSAs at all?
“This particular song is especially offensive because it was not so long ago that a man got drunk on a Phoenix to Albuquerque flight, got in his truck, drove the wrong way on the interstate and killed a family of 5, heading home after a soccer game.
And years later, the relatives of this family have never really recovered. How could they?
No point in saying any more…it’s so obvious. And… this is not a righteous post about drinking.
Just tell it like it is.
You can’t lecture someone about the dangers of drinking and bombard them at the same time, with songs praising alcohol as a solution for Everything. You cannot expect the mass shootings to stop when nearly every movie and all the news now is about violence, about killing—you can take away all the guns, make more laws, arm the teachers, provide more security guards and as long as violence is promoted, worshiped and adored, there will be violence… ever increasing.
You cannot expect Honesty when the politicians and leaders of governments are all [almost all] Liars.
The solution lies elsewhere.
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I hate to even put this up..it’s so repulsive and just plain Stupid…..but I’m trying to make a point: