CANNABIS CULTURE – Mark-Paul Gosselaar played Zach on “Saved by the Bell” and went on to TV roles as cops, as well as racing NASCAR-style cars to benefit kids with cancer. Not exactly your average poster child for marijuana.
Gosselaar just guested on George Lopez’s show, and since he is Dutch, Lopez remarked, “They’re very liberal with the herbal stuff.”
“Yeah, they like to get high,” was the immediate response (to audience cheers). Gosselaar recounted that he got high in Amsterdam with his mother when he was 18, although she tried to say she wasn’t (but in a really high voice). Lopez countered that when he was 14, he went out to dinner with his grandparents and had to drive home because they both got hammered.
Asked if by Lopez if he ever Twittered under the influence, Gosselaar answered, “I’ve twittered while I’m loose.” Lopez suggested, “Let’s get your mom, let’s all get some hash and tweet high.” Sounds like a great idea. Except instead Gosselaar demonstrated how to shotgun a beer, with Lopez joking, “Now drink responsibly…”
Last year Gosselaar appeared as a hot bartender who succumbs to Nancy’s charms in Weeds. His mother Paula is Dutch-Indonesian.
So far a poll at Lifelime.com shows Gosselaar’s revelation makes him more, not less loveable (by 60-40%).
Gosselear isn’t the first young stud to admit to smoking with his parents. Matt Damon grew up in a community house with his child psychologist mother and his stepfather, and said on BBC’s Johnny Vaughan Tonight, “The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and stepfather. They were like, ‘If you are going to do this, we’d rather you did this with us.'” Damon appeared in “Oceans 12,” filmed in part in an Amsterdam coffeehouse.
Debbie Reynolds suggested she and daughter Carrie Fisher try grass together, but instead Carrie experimented with a friend and later, Harrison Ford, whose ultra-strong (hallucinogenic-tobacco-laden?) pot “did me in.”
So let’s count: three adults, two who smoked pot with their parents and don’t have drug abuse problems; one who didn’t and does. Frank Zappa once asked, “Do you ever get drunk with your kids?” meaning (I think) do you ever treat them like adults? I would ask the same about pot: do we teach our about kids proper, respectful use or do we expect them to learn (or mis-learn) about adult behaviors on their own?