Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Harmful Affects of False Advertising

As I am just about to get off the bus, an adorable pink unicorn on an advertisement distracts me. Just in the nick of time, I am able to take some pictures.

A banner reads, “Dressing it up doesn’t make it true.” Advertising Standards Canada explains that they “help protect Canadians from false messaging in advertising. Because among all the pretty words and pictures- truth matters.” 

Easily, this could be one of the greatest ads I have ever seen on the TTC, and it reminds me of the harmful affects of prohibition. Contrary to “pretty words”, Drug Comission Harry Anslinger used false negative messages to frighten people away from marijuana before prohibition. 
These videos perfectly describe the power a simple false rumor has, and the real intentions behind prohibition, which you may not be aware of.

As screenshots, I was able to capture a few quotes and images about marijuana from Anslinger in the videos.

People involved in the cannabis culture in 1937 must have been 
furious that their clothing and medicine were deemed 
"dangerous" by a fictional character’s response to pot. 
An image for an anti-pot campaign where they're
supposedly destroying marijuana, yet no weed is even in the photograph.

By bringing awareness to these lies,greed,  and racism, I hope Harry Anslinger rolls over in his grave. Someone should really have shared with him the fact that whichever woman happens to give birth to you is completely out of your control, thus making race completely unpredictable as well. 

Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

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