That Would Be a Joint, Steve

As amusing game show responses go, this one is not quite up there with "that would be in the butt, Bob," but it is revealing. During a recent Family Feud episode, contestants were asked to name "something that gets passed around." One of them immediately hit the buzzer and volunteered "a joint," drawing applause and laughter. Host Steve Harvey professed to be taken aback and mocked the contestant for picking a response that surely did not spring to the minds of the 100 ordinary people surveyed by the show in "some nice little mall across America." But "a joint" was in fact the fifth most popular response (out of the top six). There is a second punch line (which I won't spoil) when the woman on the other side gives her answer.

The first contestant's readiness to say "a joint," the fact that it showed up in the survey, and the audience's decidedly nonscandalized response all illustrate a puzzling facet of life in 21st-century America that Andrew Sullivan notes in the introduction to The Cannabis Closet, his new collection of personal accounts from pot smokers: "How does a society treat something as a harmless, ubiquitous joke, and then arrest hundreds of thousands of people a year for doing it?" It's a good question for former pot smoker Barack Obama, although he probably would laugh at you for asking it.

[via Tony Newman at Alernet]

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  • Hugh Akston||

    Harvey handled that pretty well.

  • ||

    Eh, he was alright -- sort of the standard snickering. I wish it had happened when Drew Carey was hosting instead.

  • kinnath||

    . . . . 99 bottles of beer on the wall; take one down . . . . . . . .

  • Matrix||

    It's the elephant in the room... no one wants to really talk about it. But it frequently crosses the lips of a very large percentage of the population, even amongst law enforcement... hypocrites. But billions wasted and lives destoryed because the government thinks a little puff is baaaaad.

  • Ska||

    But billions wasted and lives destoryed because the government

    ....knows the money isn't wasted, it's being used to pay the right people, and knows that it's easy enough to get out of if you have the right connections.

  • ||

    yea plus all the womens get nakeds und orgies

  • Barely Suppressed Rage||

    I guess I've always missed that part.

  • ||

    Seriously, it makes me think I've been smoking schwag all along. Where is the abject depravity, dammit?

  • ||

    If it weren't popular the cops wouldn't be able to make money off of enforcing the laws against it. Duh.

  • ||

    If I had better (read: any) video editing skills/software, I'd make a montage of all the prohibitionist politicians laughing and giggling over pot, followed by some of the eye-opening statistics serious people tend to pay attention to.

  • The Other Kevin||

    I think you should add some shots of people wasting years of their lives in prison for possession; contrasted with shots of presidents who have admitted to lighting up. That sort of thing pisses me off but good.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Me, too. And I quit smoking a while ago.

  • ||

    You should start again. I need some fellow stoners around here.

  • ||

    Hello, Rhayader.

  • Trespassers W||

    That reminds me: somebody should really ask politicians the hard questions and put it on YouTube.

    Why doesn't Reason do that? Boy, that gets my goat that they do not.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Most real Americans don't own goats. Where are you trespassing from... señor?

  • Juice||

    I love that look on Steve Harvey's face. "Don't touch me, druggie."

  • Colonel_Angus||

    I find it hard to believe that Harvey has never smoked weed or used drugs before. I mean because he is in the entertainment business.

  • sounds real good||

    It's only a hunch, but I'm still certain that Steve Harvey is no stranger to the doob.

  • ||

    I'd put money on it. That dude has toked the smoke.

  • Dick Fitzwell||

    I'm sure he still likes to burn the fern.

  • RyanXXX||

    Yea...cuz he's....in the entertainment business. That's why. Uh huh.

  • Colonel_Angus||

    Congratulations. You read between the lines. What I really meant was that he's one of "those types". You know, rich folk.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Goddamn Richers driving our property values up so we can't afford to live here anymore.

  • Robert||

    Of course, but he made a quick and clever decision about how to play it for TV -- which is why he is in the entertainment business. Groucho Marx couldn't've done any better.

  • Hugh Akston||

    You obviously haven't seen enough Groucho. He would have won an Emmy for his handling of that.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Host Steve Harvey

    How the mediocre have fallen.

  • Ska||

    TV game shows, where comedians go when the sitcoms disappear....

  • ||

    Just think of who preceded him: Louie Anderson.

  • Ska||

    Carey on Price is Right.....

  • Cyto||

    Was it Louie Anderson who said:

    "I've been trying that Slim-Fast... Yeah, that stuff doesn't work. I drink about 15 of those a day and I haven't lost a pound...."

  • Barely Suppressed Rage||

    John Pinette is far funnier than Louie Anderson ever was.

  • ||

    What is The Dutchie?

  • Cyto||

    I don't know, but you pass it on the left hand side...

  • ||

    Wonder how Newkirk would've handled this?

  • Ska||

    Richard Dawson would have asked for a hit and if you wanted to swap wives.

  • ||

    Truly, the Charlie Sheen of his generation.

  • ||

    Only in a rerun.

  • ||

    He's not dead yet!

  • ||

    You may be confusing him with Bob Crane. He was the real pimp daddy of Stalag 13.

  • ||

    Dawson may not be at Crane levels of depravity, but I think his sex drive was firmly established during his game show career, where he'd mount the podium if it weren't moved away quickly enough.

    Hogan, as a character, was a whore of Captain Kirk-like proportions.

  • Sovereign Immunity||

    No one, but no one can achieve the levels of The Shat! (swoon)

  • ||

    Not safely, no.

  • Paul||

    I always liked Richard Dawson.

  • ||

    Me, too. On Hogan's Heroes and on Match Game.

  • Ska||

    Don't forget Running Man.

  • ||

    He was great in that, too.

  • ||

    Don't forget Running Man.

    Hah, actually that's the only place I know him from. Underrated flick.

  • ||

    There was a black guy (Kinch) on Hogan's Heroes and a black guy on Family Fued (Harvey). No notice of their affability?

    You two are RAAAACISTS!!!

  • ||

    Kinch, the original Lt. Uhura. He was actually another groundbreaking black character.

    But he didn't get much action.

  • Helga||

    Don't be so certain of that...

  • ||

    Weren't one of you married to Bob Crane at one point?

  • Robert||

    Everyone likes Richard Dawson. So what else is new? Still, they're all funnier than Drew Carey.

  • ||

    He was so popular with contestants on Match Game for the final round that they had to change the rules.

  • Ska||

    Oh yeah, my comment comes from admiration not condemnation.

  • lunchstealer||

    So my question is, how high up the list did 'STDs' make it?

  • kinnath||

    Crossed my minds as well

  • Ragin Cajun||

    name "something that gets passed around."

    Was "Your mom?" the number one answer?

  • Robert||

    I thought for sure the punch line was going to be the other contestant's saying, "my husband".

  • ¢||

    Does Sullivan's book include a personal account of how the DoJ intervened to spare him from the consequences of his drug arrest, because he's such a valuable instrument of the state?

    I'd buy that.

  • ||

    Good call, he's been completely silent about that whole thing. Advocacy is all well and good until something is actually risked.

  • Vermont Gun Owner||

    I've never seen a plate physically passed around outside of media. Is that a Protestant thing?

  • Trespassers W||

    Speaking from experience, yes.

  • ||

    Plus, who smokes joints anyway? This isn't Europe. Give me the goddamn bong.

  • ||

    Catholics tend to pass baskets, or in maximum-security churches use baskets mounted on poles so it's easier for the ushers to prevent foul play.

  • Paul||

    What is this 'church' thing you guys are talking about?

  • PFOJ||

    You pass around a joint you get like three hits. Much better answer would have been "a blunt."

  • RyanXXX||

    Or a bong. Or a pipe.

  • 420||

    hillary clinton is making too much money slinging dope and that's why no one wants to legalize it

  • ||

    Where did "A mirror and a razor blade" come in?

  • Paul||

    "How does a society treat something as a harmless, ubiquitous joke, and then arrest hundreds of thousands of people a year for doing it?"

    When municipalities started asking citizens to call 911 when they saw people violating a public-space smoking ban.

    Or when schools started strip searching students who were caught with an ibuprofin.

  • ||

    Sure, but how can questions with the word "how" be answered by responses with the word "when"?

  • Paul||

    True enough. I was merely showing examples of how public officials treat these thing by giving examples.

    But you're right, I failed to show how... but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with unelected career bureaucrats with sweeping mission statements.

  • ||

    I'm just being a dick, pay me no mind.

  • Paul||

    Without dickishness, libertarianism wouldn't have any influence. Oh wait...

  • Wesley||

    Now I want to read Sullivan's book, just to see how he worked Trig Palin into a book about smoking pot.

  • ||

    I'm rewatching ST:TNG on DVD, and I keep pointing my remote at you and pretending it's a phaser. What could have been!

    With apologies to the actor, who I like just fine. Not his fault the writers were insane. No kids in science fiction television!

  • Paul||

    No kids in science fiction television!

    What about kids in Hawaii five-o?

  • ||

    Not science fiction and not technically a kid.

  • Paul||

    not technically a kid.

    Says you.

  • ||

    Well, I suppose someone could go get some of her DNA to find out.

  • Paul||

    I seem to recall another thread about DHS cracking down on child pornography? Which of course I just posted in my link above.. so the joke's ultimately on me.

  • Robert||

    The incongruity is at least interesting. If the experiment were possible, I'd like to see if that incongruity could be stable for another century, say. I think it probably would be, because the fact of continued enforcement is part of the particular cannabis culture of the USA. It's like they're just understood as going together.

  • Abdul||

    I hear the number one answer was a "passed out co-ed at sigma Nu."

    Wonder what that says about america?

  • MrWhipple||

    Huh. I would have said "the clap."

  • Born-Again Barack||

    Jesus told me to stop smoking and start prosecuting.

  • ||

    Best part is the collection plate coming in sixth.

  • ||

    How does a society treat something as a harmless, ubiquitous joke, and then arrest hundreds of thousands of people a year for doing it?

    Because, in general, most folks are very lousy at critical thinking. For many Americans, there's a disconnect between the between the act itself and the law that prohibits the act when it comes to vice laws.

    It's not that fact that one smokes pot that really upsets the authoritarians, it's the fact that you BREAK THE LAW when one smokes pot. For authoritarians, it's not about the high, it's the fact that you defied the law. They can't see the contradiction because, to them, laws are made to be obeyed, even if the behavior is low risk as to actual harm, if any should occur.

    I think it boils down to the fact that some folks are so determined to ensure that they and their progeny walk a narrower path in life, no price is too high for someone else to pay if it helps me achieve that goal. So while they make not think it such a big deal that someone smokes pot, it is a big deal if their own children would choose to do so. Having it illegal and the fact that users are punished serves their personal ends here. Thus they can kind of laugh about pot yet insist that it should be punished.

  • puma pas cher||

    joke

  • puma pas cher||

    see you

  • basket puma pas cher||

    i love you

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