Friday, 26 August 2005

Hi, we’re from the government and we have nothing better to do

Chicago Tribune:

The Tennessee attorney general wants the country singer who made the song “Redneck Woman” a hit to stop “glamorizing” the use of smokeless tobacco at her concerts.

Retrophisch Nutshell Version™:

  • singer is Gretchen Wilson, song in question is “Skoal Ring,” the title of which refers to the imprint made in the back pocket of blue jeans from a can of Skoal
  • Tennessee AG is worried about a tobacco settlement signed by the state and tobacco manufacturers, including the maker of Skoal
  • Ms. Wilson is not paid by The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, maker of Skoal
  • people pay to get in to her concerts, and Ms. Wilson is not on the Skoal payroll, so exactly how is her video moment being construed as an “advertisement”?

Conclusion: more Big Brothering and posturing by a politician who should just keep his mouth shut.

(For the record, I have a few cousins who engage in the chewing of smokeless tobacco, but like cigarette smoking, I have always found it a disgusting habit and in no way endorse it.)

posted on August 26, 2005 8:56 PM

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