Don't Mention the Meth!

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Steve Perry, the editor of Minnesotan alt weekly City Pages, has apologized for a satirical entry in the paper's "Best of the Twin Cities" issue. Rather than explain what he's wringing his hands over, I'll show you the entry:

BEST CHEAP THRILL
Crystal meth

Granted, meth (or crank or ice or glass or tweak or whatever else you call it) has wreaked horrendous damage on families and communities across Minnesota. Between the blizzard of scare stories in the media, the proliferation of those nasty "Life or Meth" billboards on the freeways, and the batch of harsh new meth laws passed by the legislature, Minnesotans seem to have come into collective understanding: meth is the evilest drug ever. Actually, not everyone agrees on this point. As it turns out, there are still plenty of enthusiasts in Minnesota. They value the drug for one reason: It provides a cheap thrill.

And it goes on like this. Best alt weekly scandal since Popegate.

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  1. BEST CHEAP THRILL
    Crystal meth

    It’s refreshing to see satirical humor like this in MSM.

  2. But not as refreshing as that first snort of crystal meth in the morning.

  3. He Should’a been gooone!
    After all his
    Words of steel …

  4. “…if you thought I was serious, you’re dense!”

    If that’s an apology, well, I’m gonna start using that one on my spouse.

    Besides, even if that shit was serious, he shouldn’t have to apologize or explain himself. So what…someone doesn’t buy into the meth hype as much as breathlessly as the rest of Idiot Joe Sixpack America. Is it now simply unacceptable to question the “______ is evil, it is ruining our country, and we must do everything we can to eliminate it!!!!” mentality? Is not toeing the drug war line now unequivocally wrong? Fuck.

  5. The editor’s initial reaction is much better than the apology.

  6. Through at least 4 rounds, the NFL draft is more compelling than the NBA Neverending Championship Series and all of baseball rolled together.

  7. Oops, wrong thread.

  8. He Should’a been gooone!

    Good! I was hoping for at least one Journey/Steve Perry joke!

    Good going, streetlight people.

  9. dammit, man. Jason, Stevo: go to your respective rooms. Mr. Steven Crane will show up, dressed up as a clown, ready to give both of you a spanking with devices soon-to-be-illegal in south carolina.

    so there.

  10. No one thinks they’ll try to tear off their own skin. Meth will change that.

  11. He doesn’t think people are stupid? Has he ever driven around in L.A.?

  12. This is pathetic. The DEA partakes in an astroturfing campaign to make this guy look bad because he insinuated that meth was not the most evil thing ever. Disguising itself as a bunch of family members of “meth victims” the DEA got this guy to apologize for nothing, retract a perfectly legitimate, humorous satire, and admit and endorse government-mandated falsities and disinformation.

  13. Um, is bruceS’s comment added to make the rest of us look like we side with paranoid nutbags?

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