Michael Phelps Apologizes . . . to China

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

His message to Chinese youngsters: “Do the right thing.”

Which I guess means submit to the state’s authority, even when the law you’ve broken is an immoral one, and the means the state has used to enforce it are wholly disproportionate to the alleged crime.

So let’s stop with the rabble rousing. No more questioning the legitimacy of bad laws. No more questioning the state’s power, or it’s willingness to flex its authority when it gets embarrassed by its citizenry. No more staring down tanks, whether they belong to Deng Xiaoping….or Sheriff Leon Lott.

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18 Responses to “Michael Phelps Apologizes . . . to China”

  1. #1 |  Danny | 

    The video code didn’t correctly embed the video. Not sure what went wrong.

  2. #2 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    Is it wrong that I’m starting to get really annoyed with Phelps? Dammit Michael, stop apologizing. You are starting to look like a damn pansy. Your response should simple:

    None of your goddamn business you nosy fuckers!!!!

  3. #3 |  MTB | 

    Slightly related, I got a good laugh out of Joe Rogan’s open letter to Kellogs.

    http://blog.joerogan.net/

  4. #4 |  Monica | 

    “So let’s stop with the rabble rousing. No more questioning the legitimacy of bad laws. No more questioning the state’s power, or it’s willingness to flex its authority when it gets embarrassed by its citizenry. No more staring down tanks, whether they belong to Deng Xiaoping….or Sheriff Leon Lott.”

    What rabble rousing? I originally came her because you were “The Agitator” years ago and have learned a shit load from you. But agitating is something Americans *refuse to do* It scares them more than getting crabs. All the “rabble rousers” are bought and sold with “hope” and “change.”

    The only check we’ve got on them is to become more organized. Or shall I say, the libertarian party itself should be organizing. I’m really tired of hearing I’ve thrown my vote away from the D or R.

  5. #5 |  Stoner | 

    Yo Danny, it looks good to me!

  6. #6 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    Yeah, Helmut, I’m starting to get pissed at Phelps, too.

    He could have controlled the message: “Yeah. I smoke dope, and I’m the champion of the fucking world. What does that tell you about your bogus war on drugs, assholes?”

    Instead, he caved, either out of greed, some misguided idea of being a “role model” or an actual belief that smoking pot is evil. Whatever his reasons, he’s showing himself to be a primo punk.

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  8. #8 |  SusanK | 

    I’m not thrilled with Phelps, but I’m not going to come down on him too hard. He is practically still a child. Plus, as a public figure, I’m sure he has a host of lawyers and handlers telling him what to do. Why pay them good money for advice he isn’t going to take.
    The guy didn’t come out of the pot closet willingly – he was forced into this situation. He didn’t choose to be an advocate against the war on drugs. He’s an athlete and it appears that he wants to continue being one.
    It will be more interesting to see his viewpoint change over the years and what his stance will be once he retires. Until then, we’re going to get the same tripe that public figures spout off when they’re trying to protect their current position.
    At least he didn’t go to rehab.

  9. #9 |  Cynical In CA | 

    “Do the right thing” is neutral if taken out of context.

    Ultimately, it is up to each individual to decide what “the right thing” is.

    If Phelps has raised awareness of this fact, then I’m OK with that.

  10. #10 |  Danny | 

    You guys think Phelps has control of his public image? Besides, until people learn to value the 5th Amendment (the right to not incriminate yourself, or just to say “fuck off, I’m not talking to you”) instead of thinking it is simply and admission of guilt, this country is going to continue thinking that he need to apologize to “all the kids who idolize him”.

    What? Maybe we need to stop looking to celebrities and politicians as role models because their behavior is completely out of our control, and the majority of them get paid absurd amounts of money for very little. I think that the sooner we get over idols and celebrity the better, but that might require a little more evolution because people continue to watch award shows, pay good money to watch mediocre sporting events, and buy paraphernalia of these celebrities just so that they can pretend that they are as bloody rich and happy (yeah right) as they are.

    I wish I were a celebrity just to give the example on how to tell everybody to mind their own god-damned business and stop paying attention to these rich people. Of course, I probably wouldn’t be a celebrity for long after that…

    /rant

  11. #11 |  Douglas Willinger | 

    Let us NOT forget about the other 8 people being criminally hassled by the sheriff

    http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2009/02/what-about-other-8.html

  12. #12 |  Stoner, operating of course at only partial capacity | 

    what his stance will be once he retires

    Recumbent, by definition.

  13. #13 |  brit | 

    When is this country going to start focusing on real issues and not this petty nonsense? I’ve never done any drugs but I could care less if Phelps smoked some dope or not. He was supid to put all his endorsements in jeopardy but what is the big deal?
    What he did in the Olympics can never be diminished and in the final analysis he really is just a kid and kids make mistakes. If they are going to crucify him and the others at that party, then maybe they should all take another look at Bill “I didn’t inhale” Clinton, George “I’m a party” Bush, and Barack “Drugs–I’ve been there” Obama. Like they aren’t “role models” and they shouldn’t be held to high standards. So let Michael Phelps “overcome” his mistakes like these former and present president(s) have…..it doesn’t look like their “mistakes” have caused them to be disappointments or failures in life!

  14. #14 |  Nick T | 

    I hate the stupid “children” argument.

    Kids also shouldn’t drink booze or smoke cigarettes but no one cares when athletes pop champagne after winning it all. What message does that send to kids that smoking pot doesn’t? Why do we expect kids to understand that when Tom Brady drinks champagne in the locker room after a Super Bowl that he’s only doing it because he’s over 21, but to seek out their local dealer when phelps lights up a bong?

    And maybe, if we truly do believe that, we should consider this newly discovered benefit of legalization and age-based restriction! I.e. make pot legal and restrict it to 21+ folks and little kids will immediately – magically – get the message! Yay!

    A-holes!

  15. #15 |  Michael Pack | 

    I think he should have keep his mouth shut.Any admission could be used against him in court.Look at Bonds and Clemens.There’s now talk of a federal investigation in to A-Rod after his admissinos.When you have congress,the feds and county sheriffs looking to hang a pelt on the wall you need to say nothing.ESPN will help nail you to the wall.

  16. #16 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Outlaw steak because babies don’t have teeth.

  17. #17 |  Andre | 

    Your writing inspires both concern and hope.

  18. #18 |  Sal | 

    “…even when the law you’ve broken is an immoral one…”

    Isn’t Law amoral? It can be a bad law, but I don’t think a law can be immoral, especially from a legal standpoint.

    ourpolitics.wordpress.com

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