My Take On The Phelps-Kellog Standoff

February 8, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – The outrage over the Michael Phelps scandal seems to be spreading, as more and more people call for boycotts of the Kellog Company, demanding that Phelps be reinstated as their sponsor.

If you call the hotline to speak to Kellogs, no matter what about, you will be met with two messages: one will ask those who wish to complain about the recent peanut butter contamination to press a number to speak to the representative. The second asks that those who wish to complain about the treatment of Michael Phelps to press another number.

So many groups, individual people, and even media figures have decried the dropped sponsorship of the athlete that they have actually had to create a new customer service branch to help handle calls. Wow.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually think it is was very stupid, and rather judgmental, move on the Kellog Company’s part to remove Phelps as their sponsor, just for a photo showing him hitting a bong. If company’s refused to keep contracts because someone involved was exposed doing something illegal, there would be no such thing as the media. After all, we see a video of Amy Winehouse pulling cocaine out of her enormous, ratty beehive, and snorting it on stage, and we ignore it. But we see Phelps smoking weed in a photo, and suddenly the world is aflame in controversy so great that Kellog has to protect their ‘wholesome’ image?

This was a move to protect themselves against further scandal, you can bet your bottom dollar. I am actually amused to see that it backfired the way it did. Not because I am an advocate of the right to toke, or even the slightest bit interested in Phelps. But because it’s nice to see a company that did something bad finally unable to just throw in a ‘moral’ argument, and get away with their past sins.

So, keep fighting the good fight, all you people who are obsessively pulling for this tarnished, pot smoking hero. I might not care about the situation at all, but I still stand behind you 100%.


8 Responses to “My Take On The Phelps-Kellog Standoff”

  1. ROBERT COTTON on February 9th, 2009 8:14 am

    WhO GIVES A CRAP ABOUT PHELP !!! He has totally let down the young inspiring children of today. He is no roll model and should be stripped of his medals. I am embaresed to say that he has anything to do with the USA I HOPE THIS COST HIM BIG TIME. Let him bag groceries at some food store LOOSER!!!!

  2. Matticus on February 9th, 2009 2:45 pm

    Kellogg knowingly signed Phelps as an endorser after being charged with a DUI at the age of 19.

    Driving under the influence of alcohol is such an ever more dangerous act than smoking cannabis, yet apparently driving drunk still fits in with the ‘image’ of Kellogg while doing a much safer act that endangers no one does not.

    Let’s get real folks. Consuming cannabis is by far one of the safest substances you can consume. There has not been a single documented death from cannabis use in history. The only problems from cannabis use are from cannabis prohibition. Law enforcement tears families apart solely because one chooses to use one of the safest most non-toxic substances known to man.

    You can find recorded deaths from overdose from drinking too much water and taking too much aspirin, yet cannabis is still prohibited.

    Cannabis prohibtion is the problem, not the substance itself. Billions upon billions of dollars are wasted by the government every year in fighting the war on marijuana, when they should be regulating it instead.

    In these times of economic hardship, we need to create jobs at home to better our economy for the present and the future. Legalizing and regulating marijuana would do just that.

    Congress is spending nearly a trillion dollars trying to create 3 million jobs. We could create at least that many if cannabis were legalized and regulated. Cultivation, transportation, and the sale of cannabis would instantly send our economy on an upwards trend.

    To Robert Cotton:
    I’m sure you probably aren’t against consuming alcohol, right? Why prohibit a substance that is far less harmful to your body (and your brain)? Michael Phelps is a role model, for not bowing down to laws that are outdated and should have not been put on the books in the first place.

  3. jb on February 9th, 2009 3:18 pm

    “roll model”? “young inspiring children”? “embaresed”? “LOOSER”?

    Seriously – how stoned were you when they were teaching spelling in the third grade?

  4. Anthony Sarcasi on February 10th, 2009 5:09 am

    Yes, Michael Phelps is no longer a role model for children… because they will all realize that according to the commercials on TV he supports foreign drug lords, runs over children, neglects his work, family and creativity. Not to mention the fact that he has no motivation at all… except for the urge to commit crimes to pay for his habit.

    Becoming the greatest athlete in Olympic history? That was done in spite of his drug addiction.

    Parents: Tell your children not to worry, nobody is lying to them. Even medical marijuana is much worse than drunken driving and alcohol poisoning. If your children ask about Michael Phelps, tell them that questioning authority is unpatriotic.

    Hopefully no impressionable youths will decide the “lies” about marijuana means crack, meth and heroine are OK too.

  5. Clifford on February 11th, 2009 6:23 am

    Wrong! Kelloggs is the only loser in this story for firing an American athlete that won 12 medals for his country. Is this how you treat a young man who has dedicated his life to his sport and honoring America? No! And people, where are you getting your MISINFORMATION.

    How many deaths are attributed to Marijuana??? Compare that to alcohol which is legal. Marijuana is such a non drug its ridiculous. How many violent crimes are attributed to marijuana use? How many addictions? And yet alcohol is legal? RIDICULOUS!

  6. KoRnBrEaD on February 11th, 2009 6:09 pm

    Bunch of f**king morons! Yeah, that’s what i want my kids to believe, that it’s better to be a drunk driver, than a stoned swimmer! Give me a break! So it’s OK to sign on a drunk driver because at least alcohol is legal, but heaven forbid that same person partake in smoking a 100% natural and unadulterated substance. I can assure you, as much as I love some Frosted Flakes, I won’t buy another Kellog’s product until he gets his endorsements back, or they apologize! They are the biggest bunch of hypocritical ignorant people that are on the face of the planet!

  7. Chris on February 12th, 2009 5:55 pm

    This is all so much nonesense. I don’t care that Michael Phelps smoked pot, nor do I care that Kellogs chose to drop him. For the records, his contract had expired and Kellog simply chose not to renew it. I don’t feel sorry for a multi-millionaire who still has numerous million-dollar endorsement contracts simply losing one contract. Kellogs is a private company and they have a right to maintain the public image they have spent over a century building. They market themselves mainly to families with children. While I do support the legalization of pot; I don’t think legalization translates into “celebration of.” Pot is like cigarettes, alcohol, etc. It is a drug that if used in moderation and NOT around heavy equipment or cars (yes, I realize nicotine cigarettes don’t effect driving) can be relaxing and not lead to any great harm. However, it is not something anyone needs (and, yes, I know cannabis and derivates can help certain sick individuals with nausea and pain, but I’m referring to healthy individuals), nor is it something that needs to be glorified. I think both extreme pro-pot and extreme anti-pot people are total whack jobs. And if anyone wants to advocate for the legalization of pot, then lobby the U.S. Congress and/or state legislatures, Kellogs does NOT pass drug laws. I am sure Kellogs will do just fine, and any effect from a few thousand people boycotting their cereal (most of whom probably don’t eat it regularly anyway) will be quite minimal. As for me, I’ll eat whatever damn cereal I want, and sometimes it will include Kellogs brands. Now, let’s move on to important things, like say the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economy, etc. People are such idiots to waste time worry over this crap.

  8. jh on February 18th, 2009 6:30 pm

    Actually, Chris, this isn’t about the pot itself; it’s about representative government. Although Kellogg’s doesn’t make laws themselves, you can’t say that large corporations don’t significantly affect the law processes happening in Washington. If the people wish for a certain law to be overturned and overturning that law does not cause harm to anyone, the law should be overturned. REPRESENTATIVE.

    For example, right now in Florida there is outrage going on because the tuition rates of our universities are potentially being raised to double what they are now or more. In practice, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing; our tuition rates are significantly lower than the national average and the money is needed to retain good professors. The public is outraged about it, however, because public opinion polls showed that 80% (4/5 of the public vote) was AGAINST raising the prices, but our elected, supposedly representative officials ignored us and decided to do their own thing anyway.

    The democratic process that people love to boast in this country is in jeopardy. Yesterday it was pot, today it’s tuition, what’s next? If we wish to keep our democratic process we need to make our voices heard while we still can.

    And you’re right, Kelloggs’ contract with Phelps did run out and they are under no legal obligation to continue it. However, we as the public also have the right (as much as I hate that word) to use our money as we see fit, however we see fit within the law. If we want to boycott Kellogg’s because their president wears funny hats we are within our rights to do so. In doing this we can changes the mindsets of the people who control the value in this country which will influence the lawmakers.

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