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Breaking The Taboo, an ambitious and star-studded critique of the War on Drugs, saw its public premier today via YouTube.
posted by troll (24 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Let It Go: busting legal marijuana is not that dissimilar from the Defense of Marriage Act, at least in terms of the federal government trying to get in the way of historical processes as the social libertarianism of people under the age of 40 comes of age. Even on the level of morality, it’s hard to argue that putting people in prison for small-scale drug offenses is less immoral than denying marriage equality.
posted by Drinky Die at 8:36 PM on December 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Patsy Stone
posted by Mblue at 8:49 PM on December 7, 2012


Day-um. They got Morgan Freeman to narrate.

That's, like, the slam-dunk of documentaries right there.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:57 PM on December 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


*packs bags, heads to Portugal*
posted by phaedon at 9:14 PM on December 7, 2012


It's pretty surprising that there's not a substantive discussion of racialization of the drug war in the film. Michelle Alexander's book is required reading. While rates of drug use among various racial groups are similar, Black and Latino users account for the vast majority of those incarcerated for drug-related offenses.
posted by tarheelcoxn at 9:55 PM on December 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


That was terrific. I think this is change that may happen within my lifetime.
posted by codacorolla at 9:57 PM on December 7, 2012


Thanks for posting this. The documentary, and the press it's been getting, has been great. Here are a few other news clips:

Kate Winslet pulls her name from the film

ABC News on Sam Branson

Richard Branson and Ethan Nadelmann on BBC TV

Rolling Stone coverage
posted by gingerbeer at 9:57 PM on December 7, 2012


From the Kate link:

"Kate Winslet is at the centre of an embarrassing row over drug legalisation, after her name was used to endorse a campaign run by her boyfriend’s uncle, Sir Richard Branson."...

.."A film insider added: ‘There is a very distinct feeling that any suggestion Kate supports the legalisation of drugs would have a very negative impact on her career.’"

I agree it's pretty embarrassing to be so gutless and be more concerned about ones career than the issues discussed in the film.

I get the impression that she supported the film, and her handlers told her she couldn't/shouldn't and made her back away from appearing supportive.

Very embarrassing.
posted by el io at 10:35 PM on December 7, 2012 [10 favorites]


It's pretty surprising that there's not a substantive discussion of racialization of the drug war in the film. Michelle Alexander's book is required reading. While rates of drug use among various racial groups are similar, Black and Latino users account for the vast majority of those incarcerated for drug-related offenses.

While agree that it is an issue that SHOULD be adressed in a film like this I am not surprised that it wasn't. To me, this documentary's purpose is to work as an ad almost more than it is to be an in depth exploration of the subject. Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth certainly didn't cover all of the complexities or even the most harrowing and dangerous aspects of current climate policy. One could suggest that that is a failure of the documentary but I think that this film, like An Inconvenient Truth, has the goal of presenting its ideas in a way that will allow for them to go more mainstream and reach the most people. Unfortunately, that means glossing over the racist nature of the war on drugs. Wouldn't want the voters to feel guilty, then they might reflexively defend past political actions. Humans are weird.
posted by sendai sleep master at 10:44 PM on December 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


sendai: it sounds as if you are arguing that both this film, and An Inconvenient Truth are not meant as informative documentaries, but rather blatant propaganda. Which is okay, and I hope it's effective propaganda (instead of just preaching to the choir).
posted by el io at 10:52 PM on December 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Everything about the film seems calculated to appeal to as broad an audience as possible: non-racialization, Morgan Freeman as the narrator, prominently featuring Obama as continuing failed policies (not that he isn't - but this gives it traction among the right). I'm fine with a cynical approach, if it gets the job done.
posted by codacorolla at 10:54 PM on December 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


Yes, el io, that is pretty much what I'm arguing. And, Like you said, I hope it's effective too.
posted by sendai sleep master at 11:04 PM on December 7, 2012


See also: The House I Live In

I haven't seen it yet but the wiki says it delves into the racial issues around the war on drugs.
posted by edeezy at 11:12 PM on December 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Star-studded? Is this the opposite of Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue?
posted by BiggerJ at 1:12 AM on December 8, 2012


yep
posted by troll at 1:18 AM on December 8, 2012


Bravo. Really well done. I'm impressed how much they covered in less than an hour.

I especially liked the point made by the guy about 20min. in, the former inmate. He was talking about how easily available drugs are on the inside, and said something to the effect of "If you can't keep them out of a maximum security prison, how do you keep them out of an entire country?"
posted by mannequito at 1:40 AM on December 8, 2012




Heh, fearfulsymmetry, I just told my awakening roommate that bit you posted and she replied "That's probably why he's so mellow all the time." ha!
posted by symbioid at 8:40 AM on December 8, 2012


Just another example of a war that the U.S. cannot possibly win. It's like the War on Terrorism--even if it were possible to win (which it is not) how in the world will we know that the war is over?

We will never ever ever wipe out the desire for drugs. The most that we can hope for is to mitigate the collateral damage.
posted by leftcoastbob at 10:24 AM on December 8, 2012


edeezy: "See also: The House I Live In"

Yes, definitely go see it. It's in theaters now. I've seen it twice already. It's on the long list for possible Oscar nomination and won the Sundance prize earlier this year.
posted by gingerbeer at 2:30 PM on December 8, 2012




Two noticeable omissions
posted by homunculus at 2:28 PM on December 10, 2012


For heaven's sake, it is a one hour documentary. No, it doesn't actually cover every single thing wrong with the failed war on drugs.
posted by gingerbeer at 3:46 PM on December 10, 2012




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