On 420 Day, it seems the Internet’s mind turns to marijuana. Suddenly, everyone online is compelled to make lists of the best stoner movies ever or the most awesome pot quotes of all time, all in an effort to capitalize on a perceived interest in the trending topic.
Clearly in Celebritology, we are not immune from capitalizing on perceived interests and trending topics. But here’s the thing: Some moments in stoner culture, including ones being celebrated as we speak, are just lame, lazy attempts to appeal to an allegedly hazy, lazy demographic.
Instead of “Dazed and Confused” — which I’ve watched 100 times, but never once while under the influence of anything other than beer — we wind up with “Dude, Where’s My Car?” And I think we can all agree that nothing good ever resulted from “Dude, Where’s My Car?”
Here are four more examples of pop cultural affronts to the spirit of 420 Day.
Snoop Dogg: Back in the days of “Gin and Juice,” Snoop Doggy Dogg was an icon to the stoner set. But sometime after he dropped the “Doggy” and started appearing in reality shows and commercials for everything from cars to bubble gum, he started to lose his credibility. In 2002, he received the Stoner of the Year Award via High Times magazine’s Stony Awards. He has yet to earn that coveted honor a second time.
Turning Harold and Kumar into a trilogy:: “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” was mildly amusing in spots. But turning this little stoner comedy into a franchise, one that spawned a Guantanamo Bay-inspired sequel and, as of later this year, a 3-D Christmas movie? That seems like a pretty lame attempt to suck money out of people who are supposedly too doped up to know better.
Pot brownies in movies:: How many times has this tired old cliche been trotted out so that unsuspecting people will have a snack and shed all their inhibitions? As Movieline once pointed out, too many times.
Afroman: Words are not needed here. The video for “Because I Got High,” which contains NSFW language, says all that needs to be said. Apologies in advance for the buzz kill.