Sullivan: “A pot-smoker just became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history - proving that the “gateway drug” can indeed be a gateway to greatness (the presidency, for example). But Phelps has had to maintain the public line of shame and embarrassment and anti-marijuana bullshit.”
(via Good Advice For Michael Phelps - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan)
Sullivan suggests Phelps watch the video above. Paul has a great point. The media is quick to jump on stories of a celebrity using drugs, but then when they answer honestly, the media puts the onus of responsibility on the celebrity, implying or outright saying that they have failed and let down their fans or been irresponsible with their fame. Paul’s response is exactly right that the true onus of responsibility is on the media, which is how these stories are widely spread. He wishes those questions weren’t asked, but he also wants to be honest and answer questions truthfully. He’s resisting the media-imposed pressure of being forced to lie and deceive his fans. He refuses to compromise his morals, while the media makes him sound like a bad guy for not lying.