Friday, March 31, 2006

What? The media lies about sex & drugs?

If you are any kind of fan at all of Kevin Smith—of the Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back fame—then I have a multi-part, must-read for you. Kevin Smith is a member of the blog world with his blog entitled "My Boring Ass Life". Last week Kevin did a Q&A session at UPenn and told a story about Jason Mewes' (Jay) battle with heroin abuse and his road to recovery and 3 years of sobriety. Part of the story detailed Mewes' recollection of the differences between being on drugs and off of drugs. In particular, how sex if different...and better. Of course, the media picks and chooses what they want to hear and in a follow up post, Kevin writes:

And in the age of internet gossip, that heroic tale of a guy who was able to beat his demons has been reduced to this…

Kevin Smith tells really filthy secrets

It’s not like I haven’t told this story at other college gigs over the last few years, but for some reason, it’s now news. I got an email from someone at the NY Daily News regarding not just this bit, but another story that came from a question that night regarding my enmity for Reese Witherspoon (which is pretty well-covered in the book “Silent Bob Speaks”) that they want to run on Monday. This was my response…

“It’s one thing to tell that tale out of school at a college Q&A (in the context of a far larger, longer story about Mewes’ hard journey from heroin abuse to three-years of total sobriety), and a completely different thing to just pull the stuff about bathroom sex and run it in a gossip column. So unless you’re gonna run the whole, unedited transcript of me talking about how amazing it was for Mewes to get clean (a fifteen minute oral story), I’d rather you not include just that bathroom sex snippet, which makes it all seem like unsavory locker-room chit-chat.”

Naturally, I’m not expecting they’ll keep the context. Sadly, it’s not news that Jay - with nearly both feet in the grave at the lowest point in his life - was able single-handedly pull himself out of the self-made Hell of drug addiction and work his way back to the land of the living, clean and sober; what’s news is that he had sex in a bathroom stall with one half of the “Simple Life” dorks.

This lack of respect on the part of the media prompted Kevin to write a four part "tale of Jason’s battle with drug addiction..., where folks can get a better idea of who Jason truly is and maybe why he fell victim to heroin abuse in the first place."

And it's fascinating. As of today, 3 of the 4 parts have been written and posted. I hope you enjoy them.

Me and My Shadow, Part 1
Me and My Shadow, Part 2
Me and My Shadow, Part 3

4 comments:

Tim said...

so, I just spent an hour reading that.

It's only a matter of time before I get fired for doing no work.

❉ pixie ❉ said...

but wasn't it worth it?

Jen said...

Fascinating.
I still haven't seen Chasing Amy but I've seen the others. I'm a fan, although I was surprised at alot of ...Strike Back"'s content (and THAT was the edited-for-Comedy-Central version!)

fuzzymuffin said...

I should have waited till all four have been written! I'm not very patient at all. Great read


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