I Got Weed, Babe
Tuesday’s news of the Abstinence Congressman’s park-pestorking prowess and Bristol Palin’s “Does Getting Paid for Sex Make Me a Whore?” tour reminded us of a classic of the genre, Sonny Bono’s 1968 anti-pot school film. It’s too long for one sitting, but Sonny shows up around 1:40, and you can drop in just about anywhere for quick amusement.
Years later, we heard a story that Sonny made the film as a plea deal following a drug bust, but we’re unable to confirm that now. However, we did stumble across a recollection by Don “DonnyFun” Aly, “former senior editor of Teen Magazine in Hollywood,” which we’ll have to accept as authoritative until Cher fesses up:
“Hey, man, hear me out,” Sonny told me, “I know it’s not cool to go around Hollywood puttin’ down smoking pot, but the thing is, man, I’m not trying to win a popularity contest. I wanna do somethin’ for the kids. Over the years they’ve hung in there for me and Cher and now I think it’s time I return the favor.”…
Sonny said he made the documentary movie on marijuana with his own money. He said it wasn’t “classy” by Hollywood documentary standards, but he had researched the subject thoroughly and had interviewed several key people in the medical profession as well as friends of his in the entertainment world whose lives had literally “gone to pot” because they got hooked and couldn’t get their act together.
Whatever, dude. Sonny may have been straight, but a generation of schoolkids remain convinced that he looked stoned.