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07.29.09 46 Comments

(C’mon, if you had to hang out with these dudes, you’d be wasted too)

Apparently the New York Times is getting lazy and has started hiring over caffeinated soccer moms to write editorials in which they argue with themselves over whether something is worrisome.  Today’s issue?  Does Harry Potter promote teen drinking?  The annoyingly named Tara Parker-Pope writes…

Does Hogwarts have a drinking problem?
In scene after scene, the young wizards and their adult professors are seen sipping, gulping and pouring various forms of alcohol to calm their nerves, fortify their courage or comfort their sorrows.
Previous Harry Potter movies have shown drinking, but this one takes it to a new level.
In one scene, Harry, Ron and Hermione order butterbeers at the pub, and Hermione ends up with a frothy mustache. While it’s never been entirely clear whether butterbeer is alcoholic, it seems to have an effect on the normally uptight Hermione, who acts tipsy walking home as she throws her arms around the boys.
As the mother of a 10-year-old Harry Potter fan, I was taken aback by the reaction of the young people in the theater. They snickered at Hermione’s goofy grin and, later, guffawed when an inebriated Hagrid passed out.
“Hermione is such a tightly wound young lady, but she’s liberated by some butterbeer,” [Liz Perle, editor in chief of Common Sense Media] said. “The message is that it gives you liquid courage to put your arms around the guy you really like but are afraid to.” [NYTimes]

(*gasp*) Oh my, not the truth!  How vulgar!  Where’s the sparkling white vampire to save them from temptation?  Meanwhile, the other day, I saw hobo using the New York Times as a diaper.  Now, I realize I may be playing devil’s advocate here, but I think whether the New York Times promotes hobo diapers is a discussion we as a society need to have.

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