Gone perhaps are the days of rebellious rock stars throwing
caution to the wind and taking no notice of laws and rules, but we do still
have the people overlooking draconian laws that shouldn't exist in the first
place. While Lady GaGa's recent trouble in Canada for smoking onstage is
probably just another publicity stunt to keep her in the public eye while
simultaneously diverting attention from the terrible 'music', it is still good
to see someone with such fame and adoration from young generations claiming her
The Daily Mail - consistent source of reliable
journalism that they continue to be - explained without a hint of sarcasm that
"this time Lady Gaga may have gone to [sic] far." Too far from
what, exactly? Prior to 2007 we were exposed to tobacco smoke indoors as often
as we wanted to be, yet it seems to have slipped people's minds to the point
they react as though she were distributing anthrax around the building.
British Columbia law, smoking in all public spaces such as restaurants, pubs
and private clubs, offices, malls, conference centres, arenas, community halls,
government buildings and schools is banned.
Those found guilty
of breaking this law may be liable to a fine.
A fine? Surely
attempted murder should at least get a custodial sentence? Or is this the
authorities way of letting us know it isn't attempted murder or any other
affect on health, but merely a load of bullshit?
The action isn't limited to North America though. Our homegrown Lily Allen, no
stranger to controversy, sparked up during a show in Liverpool. Unlike British
Colombia's reaction though, Lily is having environmental protection officers
"investigating" the "misdemeanour"  That should be
interesting, perhaps they will be the first to find a link between a single
cigarette and illness.
But, according to one David Hall, 52, Allen's indulgence influenced
others in the audience to follow suit, which he was disgusted with not for his
own sake, but the noble protection of his children. His children who, by the
way, were 15 and 17 and probably no stranger to a crafty smoke when he isn't
looking. He said "the cigarettes were waving about in my children’s
faces.” This may be true, but the follow-up question should be "so
what?" Hall characterises the typical Brit who wants everything for
nothing; so concerned was he by this outright display of law-breaking that
rather than assume responsibility for the welfare of the children he so sought
to protect and find a security guard or just ask those around him to stop
smoking, he did nothing and got upset.
“We like Lily Allen because she’s a bit of a rebel.
But it completely ruined the night." So only rebels who rebel against
things you're also against are acceptable? Unfortunately, rebellion doesn't
quite work that way. Even more strange is that Hall finds it perfectly
acceptable to take his offspring to a performance where subject matters include
leaving your boyfriend for his poor performance in bed to oral sex and bedding
the girl next door, but a few fumes of tobacco is just too much for their
Maybe more stars will follow suit. Maybe more of the general public will follow
suit, and if it does, we can see the end to this ridiculous ban.