Archive for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Kellogg’s move fires up potheads

Lobbyist says decision to drop Phelps ‘disgusting’

February 11, 2009


Michael Phelps poses with a cereal box during a news conference in this file photo from Sept. 25, 2008. Kellogg Co. has decided not to renew its sponsorship with Phelps, prompting marijuana advocates to cry foul.

Michael Phelps poses with a cereal box during a news conference in this file photo from Sept. 25, 2008. Kellogg Co. has decided not to renew its sponsorship with Phelps, prompting marijuana advocates to cry foul.

— Snap, crackle ... pot?

Bursting with indignation, legions of marijuana advocates are urging a boycott of Kellogg Co., including all of its popular munchies, for deciding to cut ties with Olympic hero Michael Phelps after he was photographed with a pot pipe.

The leader of one of the biggest legalize-pot organizations, the Marijuana Policy Project, called Kellogg’s action “hypocritical and disgusting,” and said he’d never seen his membership so angry, with more than 2,300 of them signing an online petition.

“Kellogg’s had no problem signing up Phelps when he had a conviction for drunk driving, an illegal act that could actually have killed someone,” said Rob Kampia, the group’s executive director. “To drop him for choosing to relax with a substance that’s safer than beer is an outrage, and it sends a dangerous message to young people.”

Also urging a boycott were the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Drug Policy Alliance. They encouraged their members to contact Kellogg to vent their views.

In one sign of the campaign’s impact, the Phelps saga took precedence over the tainted peanut butter outbreak in the recorded reply on Kellogg’s consumer hot line Tuesday.

“If you would like to share your comments regarding our relationship with Michael Phelps, please press one to speak to a representative,” said the recording. “If you’re calling about the recent peanut butter recall, please press two now.”

From Kellogg’s media office, there was no immediate reply to a request for an assessment of the boycott campaign.

Last week, the company announced his contract would end and described Phelps’ conduct as “not consistent with the image of Kellogg.” Kellogg has been placing images of Phelps on the fronts of Frosted Flakes and Corn Flakes boxes since September, after the swimmer’s record-shattering haul of eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.

The groups calling for the boycott were angry at Kellogg, but also eager to use the opportunity to restate long-standing calls for decriminalization of pot.

“It’s not just that Michael Phelps did what millions of other twenty-somethings do,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “It’s that he did what over one hundred million Americans have done at least once in their lives, including the president, former presidents, members of the U.S. Congress and Supreme Court.”

Similar commentary sounded even in mainstream media — including columns in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and National Review Online questioning the rationale and effectiveness of U.S. marijuana laws.

Of Phelps’ numerous big-name sponsors, Kellogg was the only one to publicly cut ties after the pot photo emerged. While it received some support, the giant food company has also been singled out for mockery by a host of comedians, bloggers and others.

On Saturday Night Live, Seth Myers questioned whether marijuana use was in fact at odds with Kellogg’s image.

“Every one of your mascots is a wild-eyed cartoon character with uncontrollable munchies,” Myers said. “Every one of your products sounds like a wish a genie granted at a Phish concert.”

On the Huffington Post, blogger Lee Stranahan pursued that theme in a proposed petition to the company that said in part, “We believe that most people over the age of 12 would not eat Kellogg’s products were they not wicked high.”

Stranahan’s petition concluded with this call-to-arms:

“Given all these facts and the total disregard for your customer base ... we the undersigned plan to BOYCOTT your products. And we’re serious. Even though the Pop Tarts thing will be HARD.”


Maddy Griffin 8 years ago

Me either logrithmic, Thanks for the link. Where's all my right-wing dawgs on this one? madmike, marion.....??

xdcr 8 years ago

Like the headline states " Kellogg's move fires up potheads"

jonas_opines 8 years ago

Something of an incendiary headline.

think_about_it 8 years ago

The most blatant example of the damaging aspects of marijuana use is....................logrithmic.He is so baked that he can't see what this drug has done to him. Luckily for all of us, including our kids, we have his shining example of what can happen when you lose that many brain cells.

rusty2 8 years ago

thanks logo - "it's always better to be baked than fried".

cthulhu_4_president 8 years ago

RE the headline: hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!This is ridiculous, and a bad move by the militant de-criminilization group.A boycott of 2500 isn't much. We'll see how big it gets, but I would be very surprised if anyone lost a job over this (at Kellogg).

rusty2 8 years ago

praise the lord!Captain Crunch is made by Quaker Oats.......

rusty2 8 years ago

this is gonna be tricky logrithmic......Quaker Oats is owned by Pepsi now, are they politically correct?

Connacht 8 years ago

"does anyone care if a bunch of dopers boycott anything"Considering 40% of Americans have at least tried pot, there might be quite a bit of sympathy there. I'm not sure why people come down to hard on people who smoke pot. It's so much less harmful to your health than smoking or drinking, yet those seem to be perfectly acceptable activities.

yellowhouse 8 years ago

Pot smokers look younger!I saw the results of scientific study said that the oily substance in the THC locks itself into the fat cells affecting the wrinkles of the older Pot smoker and actually reduces the signs of aging.The same cannot be said for cigarettes or alcohol

Kyle Reed 8 years ago

A group of potheads boycotting a snack food maker. Good luck with that one.

CLARKKENT 8 years ago


Chris Ogle 8 years ago

Oh....I forgot... what are we not eating.

rusty2 8 years ago

wallstreet is hogging the 'bailout bong' - unfair.

labmonkey 8 years ago

I am for decriminalization...but cmon. Phelps was stupid for letting himself be photographed. Not to mention the interview where he was like "Dude, I turned down a $5 million sponsorship." He comes across as a fratboy d-bag and I am happy to see him lose sponsorships.

bad_dog 8 years ago

XD-Not to be too picky, but the word maroon is used either as an adjective to describe a color or as a verb, i.e. "He was marooned on the island by pirates".Could the word you intend to use be "moron" or is "maroon" some new slang term?

bad_dog 8 years ago

Oops, posted on wrong article... My browser's acting up this morning. Yeah, that's the ticket...

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

think_about_it(Anonymous) says…The most blatant example of the damaging aspects of marijuana use is………………..logrithmic.He is so baked that he can't see what this drug has done to him. Luckily for all of us, including our kids, we have his shining example of what can happenwhen you lose that many brain cells.obsessively posting... indeed the above sentiments are correct about logy. plus, it is obvious he knows nothing of the love of Christ. it is just part of his schtick. apparently logy isn't gainfully employed. probably on disability, one of those who use SSDI for pot and booze. got the Americans with Disabilities Act to cover him. bleck!

TheOriginalCA 8 years ago

All the more reason to buy anything Kellogg.

bangaranggerg 8 years ago

I get it! It's like if a guy sponsored by a beer/ alcohol company gets caught being really drunk they would drop him. Other than that perspective... Kellogg's screwed up.

lounger 8 years ago

Phelps is better off for it. I find it Interesting that he smoked Marijuana and is the fastest swimmer in the Entire planets history. People need to wake up and realize that a Plant is not always bad. Enjoy Micheal!!!!

notajayhawk 8 years ago

"The leader of one of the biggest legalize-pot organizations, the Marijuana Policy Project, called Kellogg’s action “hypocritical and disgusting,” and said he’d never seen his membership so angry, with more than 2,300 of them signing an online petition."Wow. 2300 stoners. (And logrithmic.) Now that ought to break the back of a company with $11 billion in sales. If they remember to follow through.And if they don't get the munchies.>>> “To drop him for choosing to relax with a substance that’s safer than beer is an outrage, and it sends a dangerous message to young people.”The dangerous message to young people is that marijuana is safer than alcohol. *****madmike (Anonymous) says… "Log, are you high right now, or are you always this stupid?"The two are not mutually exclusive, madmike.*****bearded_gnome (Anonymous) says… "obsessively posting… indeed the above sentiments are correct about logy."It's not obsessively posting, gnome.He just keeps forgetting he already posted.***logrithmic (Anonymous) says… "Over 100 million people have tried pot and some 40 million use it regularly."So, by your own figures, most of the people who tried MJ don't use it anymore. I wonder why that is.

notajayhawk 8 years ago

"The fault is not with your clients. It's with the legal system and it's stupid law. Not every law should be respected. Not every law is. Take the speed limits. I see people pulled over all the time."Why, you're right, loggie - we should do away with speed limits! The only reason speeding causes problems for people is because it's illegal! Hey, let's decriminalize theft - maybe murder, too! Then thiefs and murderers won't have their lives ruined for doing something arbitrarily made illegal!"Notice how this moron also chooses to ignore all those pot users who have gone on to make a life for themselves. Let's see ... Mario Chalmers, Darrell Arthur">>> "Former Kansas basketball players Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers were kicked out of the NBA’s rookie transition program on Wednesday after being caught with marijuana in their hotel room in Rye Brook, N.Y., sources told ESPN The Magazine. "

TacoBob 8 years ago

Somebody here really likes pot. And cursing.Anyone tried the Strawberry Special K? Awesome. Local store is running a 4/$10 and free half gallon of milk. Stocking up now.

notajayhawk 8 years ago

logrithmic (Anonymous) says… "(What a dumba$$)"You don't have to put a signature on your posts, log, we recognize them by the lack of intelligent thought.Um, loggie, I know it takes a while for thought to penetrate that haze, but have you noticed that a lot of those people you keep bragging about having tried MJ are the ones keeping it illegal? Pretty much blows out your moronic contention that the only reason they stopped is because it already was.

asleepinthechapel 8 years ago

Logrithmic - May you, the one, cross my path, and give me a light. Mine's out. ;)

RedwoodCoast 8 years ago

I'd be curious to see what portion of law enforcement's budget is comprised of profits from seized property and funds from suspected marijuana cultivators/dealers. And I'm sure there are grants conferred to drug task forces and the like for such "successes." Could it be that it is actually in law enforcement's financial interest that pot remains a "just" cause for arresting folks and seizing property?

rusty2 8 years ago

Solomon is right.but that would undermine the CIA (cocaine in america)that controls the global drug market.we have homeland security but can't stop millions of pounds of cocaine, right? gee i wonder why?

Hoots 8 years ago

He has made millions and will make millions more. You are showing sympathy for a guy who could make as much as $50 to $100 million on his fame. I feel so sorry for him. If his DWI had happened last week they probably wouldn't have renewed his contract either. They just didn't renew his deal. They didn't FIRE him. I bet if many here tested possitive for pot at work they wouldn't have a job. If your employer doesn't care then smoke away. It's Kellog's dollar and they can spend it or not. Poor guy doesn't have to work for several lifetimes so how is he hurt here? His 15 minutes of fame will be up soon enough anyway. I wish I had his problems.

classclown 8 years ago

This boycott will last only as long as the dopers refrain from smoking. As soon as they start lighting up, Kellogs products will fly off the shelf.

bad_dog 8 years ago

Perhaps General Mills will consider putting Phelps on a special edition "Weedies" cereal box.

trinity 8 years ago

the strawberry special k is pretty yummy, i do agree tacobob-but i'm hooked on the vanilla almond crunch one! mmmmmmmmmMMMMM it is scrumptious! and if ya put a bit on yogurt-whoa mama what a snack. i mean munchie. whatev!

AjiDeGallina 8 years ago

I do not smoke pot, or use drugs, but I think dropping him like this was silly and I won't mind supporting the boycott

labmonkey 8 years ago

Did you hear about the $4000 beer pong he played at this same party? He deserves to lose his sponsorships on stupidity alone.

labmonkey 8 years ago

I am sure he had clauses in these contracts he signed with these sponsors to keep his nose clean. When you are famous, you cannot do stupid stuff like this. If he wanted to smoke, he should have done it in private because he knew he would have a much higher price to pay than your average frat-boy j**k-off who attended this party.

igby 8 years ago

Yep! I remember the late 1970's when everybody and their grand mamma was smoking pot. You couldn't get a dam thing done right, it was terrible and trash everywhere. Seriously!

sfjayhawk 8 years ago

I was attending a conference this week where Phelps was going to present as the keynote speaker. At the last minute his manager advised him to cancel - too bad b/c I was looking forward to seeing him. I guess the conference didnt have enough cool ranch Doritos to get his attention. Oh well, they gave us Magic Johnson instead, and he was very good and probably more interesting that Phelps would have been. Although it was pretty funny when Magic brought up deal he is working on with lehman brothers - probably wondering why they dont return his calls anymore.

dontcallmedan 8 years ago

Igby-But look where we are today- nothing but trash talk.

dontcallmedan 8 years ago

Oh yea, and the most common trash everywhere? Cigarette butts.

Confrontation 8 years ago

Are Cheetos a Kellogg product? No? Then, why does this matter? Potheads don't eat anything other than Cheetos.

akt2 8 years ago

If he were a true pot head he would not be a brilliant athlete. He would not care about anything but getting high. I think he has proven that his ability is beyond someone that gets high every day. He is also 21 years old. People need to cut him some slack and let him learn his life lessons.

Kryptenx 8 years ago

"none2 (Anonymous) says…If instead of a picture showing his mouth around a bong at a party the picture showed his mouth around someones private parts at a party, everybody would be saying great move to get rid of him as a spokes person as we need to protect the children."No none, only the same fools who think it's a great idea to get rid of Phelps for having a toke would believe you shouldn't have a homosexual spokesperson. If anything, the majority of us would be even more pissed off if a spokesperson was dropped due to sexual orientation.You win the most-bigoted-post-of-the-day award, go back to church, where the real hypocrisy is practiced.

jonas_opines 8 years ago

"Potheads don't eat anything other than Cheetos."You can disprove an absolute statement by finding a single example.Pizza.

jonas_opines 8 years ago

"If instead of a picture showing his mouth around a bong at a party the picture showed his mouth around someones private parts at a party, everybody would be saying great move to get rid of him as a spokes person as we need to protect the children."Holy god, man. Please tell me you didn't post that with a straight face. If your mind truly works in that fashion it must be an interesting place in there.

notajayhawk 8 years ago

tempting_butnothanks (Anonymous) says… "so by this statement, you also see that marijuana is not addictive and millions of people are able to quit using it when they see fit, and continue living as productive members of society."And there are millions more, many millions more, who use alcohol and stop when they want and live productive lives. Believe it or not, there are recreational users of cocaine, amphetamines, hallucinogens, and virtually every other substance who can stop when they want and lead productive lives too. The fact that not everyone who tries it becomes addicted is small consolation for those who do."potheads know that it causes short-term memory loss and has carcinogens like cigarettes, but we also know that it is our right to live like that if we choose."So you're fighting for what - the right to remain stupid?*******witchfindergeneral (Anonymous) says… "To be sure, marijuana, like all drugs, is dangerous to some extent, but your claim that it is more dangerous than alcohol is most likely based on misinformation, not fact."Actually, witchie, my "claim" was that marijuana is not safer than alcohol, not that it is more dangerous. Try to work on that reading comprehension thing in between tokes, okay?As for what it's based on, witchie, I go to work every day and deal with people who come to our agency asking for help because of the mess they've made of their lives from smoking. And they all have at least one thing in common - at one time they all believed, just like you and loggie, that it couldn't possibly happen.

Danimal 8 years ago

Here's my argument for legalizing marijuana. It's $35 billion dollars a year that goes untaxed, legalize it and use the taxes to finance the war on real drugs like crack and heroin as well as rehabilitation services. Close the gateway by severing its criminal ties and we would also allow the government of Mexico (a country that is perilously close to civil war) to regain control of its country from narco-traffickers that mainly traffic in pot. Marijuana makes up 85% of the illegal drug trade in the US, it never would have been illegal in the first place if it wasn't a "negro" drug.

JeffL 7 years, 11 months ago

The War on Cannabis is a poverty, suffering, destruction and perdition in the lives of millions. From workplace discrimination, to legal assault, to shredding trust and confidence in relationships, these perditions are commonplace in America. Every 38 seconds someone stumbles because of cannabis prohibition; jail time, fines, loss of personal property, loss of ability to travel, loss of loved ones and relationships, loss of business', loss of jobs, loss of health; the obstacles and stumblingblocks cast to prevent people from consuming cannabis also prevent consumers from living a normal, healthy, and productive life.

soldier1 7 years, 11 months ago

Solomon says- I've never, ever used pot, or any other illegal drug. I have seen evidence that heavy marijuana use has bad effects on memory and cognitive abilities. Nevertheless, I say we should legalize drugs. There are several good reasons to do this. First, we will immediately eliminate the crime of using, selling, or possessing, thus emptying some jail cells and clearing court dockets for more important cases. Second, we can bring drug manufacturing under the auspices of the FDA and insure quality. Thirds, we can begin to collect taxes on the purchase of drugs. Fourth, we will eliminate much of the crime associated with the drug trade. Fifth, when users are not criminalized we can better identify and treat those with an addiction. Sixth, we can immediately save billions of dollars currently spent on a losing war on drugs.

So, you are saying that by ignoring criminal activities, then there is no crime??? On top of that, you are saying legalize drugs in general, that it would be ok if the FDA could ensure quality. LMAO. Maybe you havent seen what crack and meth does to people.

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