"Blue Bloods," "Five-O," and Others Sending Wrong Signal About Alcohol
I am not "preaching to the choir."
This is not a hub about temperance. Nor is it voicing a self-righteous opinion about people who drink. It is though, a look at how social outlets, namely, television, has helped to keep drinking alcohol not only popular, but a huge, lucrative industry in our country.
You will not see photos of myself with other people voicing their opinions on "Alcohol Abuse and The Television Industry," because we go with the old adage, "The pen is mightier than the sword," to get out point across to those whose eyes have seen the wool being pulled down over them, but in such a way that they do not see anything wrong with this sly promotion.
When will we awaken?
And besides, these deceived people argue, nothing is more cuddly than a sheep. So what's the harm of having the wool pulled over our eyes? "We" do not feel any differently. That's mostly how being deceived works. First you are scoped for being a target, then told all of the soft facts about a certain addictive and dangerous substance. Before long you are "running with the big dogs," with your eyes closed.
Some life, huh?
In earlier times, booze was portrayed in silent movies as something lectherous and even comical when a man in the film would be drinking in a nearby tavern and then try to walk home. Audiences laughed tears of comedy at this scene.
Alcohol has really grown.
And as for those early westerns, you hardly saw a cold brew even in a saloon much less a shot of Old Red Eye. Booze was not the product being sold. It was the film studio hoping that the silent western you were enjoying would help keep the film studio that made the film open for the fledgling stars on their payroll.
Life went forward with booze as its passenger who had gained a few pounds: More exposure on television and no show I can think of displayed booze more than "The Untouchables." In all honesty, this show was all about Eliot Ness, the famous Fed and his team of "still-poppers," putting the kibosh on drinking. Then Ness and his boys got to chasing "The King of Bootlegging": Al Capone. This show made us forget all about Prohibition.
Now in 2015, booze is still evident. What is so hypocritical of our Federal Government about banning cigarette ads is that there is no warning to speak of on those beer, vodka, and whiskey ads that roll at full-speed on our televisions and especially during the Super Bowl. Why, and I ask for your total-honesty, the same rule-makers make alcohol companies to place warning labels on their cans and bottles? I guess the big booze companies are fearful that their sales will plummet.
Cigarette sales didn't plummet. People still smoke cigarettes today as before the magical "Warning: Cigarettes are Bad" labels placed on packs of smokes and cartons.
Television in and of itself has played such a big role in giving booze a good place to sleep as long as they are on the air. But if you watch these shows I am going to talk about in briefest terms, you will see certain transgressions made by the show's cast and if we committed these same transgressions in real life, we would be arrested.
For instance, "Blue Bloods." -- The "Reagans," are the "first family" of police officers. Tom "Frank Reagan" Selleck is the police commissioner and he has his dad, who is now the retired police commissioner, living with him. On one show, one of the Reagans, "Danny," to be exact, played by Mark Wahlberg, is drinking beer with his dad, "Frank," and "Danny' gets a call to come to a crime scene. But the next shot is "Danny" driving his own vehicle to the scene of the crime. Does the law of NOT driving and drinking only apply to the common citizen? And if an officer on the scene had caught a whiff of alcohol on "Danny's" breath, what then? I wonder.
Hawaii Five-O -- "Steve McGarett," played by Alex Olaughlin, and "Danny Williams," James Cann and the crew are eating at their buddy's rolling cafe, but the thing is, "McGarett," "Williams," and all of the central cast are slamming-back beer, but as in "Blue Bloods," "McGarett," gets a call and jumps into his car and off her goes to fight crime. But you are not supposed to drive while drinking. Again, is the signal that shows like this sending to our young people the right one?
If you will be kind enough to check the photos (to the right) you will see a celebrity boozing in their show or in public. Now I know that in their shows, they do not drink "real" booze, but it's the signal they present that bothers me.
What I would love to see is just ONE season of one show where booze is the co-star, but on "this" season, do it without booze. What harm would there be in a boozeless-season?
And if that one season were to cause a drastic-decline in teenagers drinking, driving and losing their lives . . .it would be well worth it.