Gavin and Stacey Special ‘Slammed for promoting cannabis’

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Gavin
and
Stacey
has
been
hit
with
more
backlash,
but
this
time
critics
are
concerned
viewers
casually
will
turn
to
cannabis
because
Mick
(played
by
Larry
Lamb)
and
Pam
(Alison
Steadman)
smoked
a
spliff
with
pals
Dawn
(Julia
Davis)
and
Pete
(Adrian
Scarborough).

During
the
Christmas
Special

which
celebrated
homophobic
slur
f****t
for
reasons
which
are
yet
to
be
made
clear
by
the
BBC
or
creators
James
Corden
and
Ruth
Jones

Dawn
broke
up
with
Pete
for
the
millionth
time
because,
in
her
words,
he
was
a
‘junkie’.
Turns
out
she
found
a
joint
in
his
car
and
lost
it
with
her
husband
until
Pam
and
Mick
assured
they
used
to
chase
the
dragon
on
the
daily
before
Gavin
was
born.
Moments
later
said
spliff
was
ablaze
and
the
foursome
had
a
whale
of
a
time
in
the
living
room.

In
what
was
arguably
otherwise
a
pretty
dry
60
minutes,
the
lifelong
friends
mischievously
breaking
taboo
for
a
giggle
was
by
far
the
highlight
of
the
long-awaited
return
of
BBC
One’s
divisive
comedy.

However,
some
have
slammed
the
BBC
for
pushing
what
could
be
a
dangerous
narrative,
ignoring
the
underlying
dangers
of
smoking
marijuana.
Lord
Nicholas
Manson
lost
his
son
to
drugs,
and
revealed
he
saw
the
crippling
effects
of
cannabis
first
hand,
accusing
Gavin
and
Stacey
of
‘pushing
a
strong
subliminal
message
that
cannabis
is
perfectly
OK
and
those
who
fear
it
might
be
otherwise
are
fair
game
for
mockery?’

He
told
the
Daily
Mail:
‘Our
tragedy
is
not
unique.
Super-strong
cannabis
is
mentally
damaging,
it
is
thought,
for
about
one
in
nine
regular
users.
Because
of
developing
brain
issues
before
the
age
of
25,
the
young
are
even
more
susceptible
to
its
injurious
effects.’
Mary
Brett,
of
campaign
group
Cannabis
Skunk
Sense,
added:
‘It
is
very
disheartening
and
actually
frightening
when
television
people
think
it’s
funny
to
smoke
cannabis.’
The
BBC
declined
to
comment
on
this
story.
Gavin
and
Stacey
returned
to
record
ratings,
with
12
million
viewers
tuning
in
on
Christmas
Day
while
millions
more
will
have
caught
up
on
iPlayer.
Naturally,
then,
audiences
have
been
calling
for
a
fourth
series
in
their
droves
after
that
headache
of
a
cliff-hanger,
while
the
cast
has
been
told
there
could
be
more
episodes
on
the
horizon.

Source:

Metro

 

 

 

 

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