Zach Galifianakis Smokes A Joint (on TV!): Appropriate?


zach galifiankis joint bill mahrThe upcoming vote on proposition 19 in California has a lot of folks debating whether or not marijuana should be legalized for recreational use. Last night on Real Time With Bill Maher, Bill and his guests -- Fox News contributor Margaret Hoover, comedian Zach Galifianakis (star of Due Date), Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC, and Reihan Salam of The National Review -- got in on the discussion.

As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words -- and Zach's actions made it pretty clear where he stands on the issue: He broke out a doobie. And lit it. And smoked it. On television.

Conservative Margaret Hoover took a whiff (hope she didn't inhale) and confirmed that the joint was real.

Take a look:

Funny stuff, but was it necessary?

Zach could have made the same point with a fake joint -- or even a real joint that he didn't actually light and smoke. Ater all, marijuana is still illegal. (No word yet on whether the authorities will be taking Mr. Galifianakis to task, but we all know celebrities are held to different standards.)

And wait a minute, isn't Zach Mr. Integrity? He's the guy who had a hand in nixing Mel Gibson's Hangover 2 cameo -- that move likely had to do less with Mel's acting ability, and more with the drama going on in his personal life. Galifianakis has also said he's against too much gun play in movies, and he's even turned down some movie roles on "moral grounds." Of course, smoking pot isn't immoral, but it is illegal, and Zach had the balls to do it on national TV. Should Robert Downey Jr. have refused to co-star with Zach in Due Date because of Zach's proclivity for still illegal drugs?

It seems to me if you're going to walk around Hollywood acting like some kind of moral barometer -- you might want to keep yourself in check.

What's next -- Justin Bieber breaking out a six pack and chugging away during an interview on Ellen because he thinks the drinking age should be lowered?

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Roses... Rosesandlilys

Im pretty sure this man is my hero. That was fantastic!

nonmember avatar Julian

I don't see any contradiction between being a "moral barometer" and breaking an unjust law. Plenty of people we now consider moral heroes did so constantly.

Coope... CooperMom5

Nothing surprises me anymore.

nonmember avatar Jacob

I don't really see how a fake joint would've really done the same job as a real, or an unlit. Using a fake would just make people think he's joking around, while using an unlit would make him look like he's just saying "yeah, I possess some."

Using the real deal and lighting it up sends a message, and yet, knowing him, the idea was that the intention was to show that it shouldn't be sending a message. It's just him doing what he does in his private life, and though it's illegal, there's no denying that many people find it an unjust law. And thus, Galifianakis will become a hero to those people.

nonmember avatar pat bee

>smoking pot isn't immoral per se, but it is illegal

I think a more serious problem is people's/corporations' behavior that is legal but immoral.

nonmember avatar Jess

What is morally wrong with smoking marijuana? Is it hurting anyone? Are you a danger to yourself or others? NO! It is only illegal because the country was full of racists and people looking out for their own agenda. Numerous studies have found cannabis to actually be beneficial. You may actually have a marijuana deficiency (seriously, look it up...)

Now, I do not know all the details on Mel Gibson- but didn't he abuse a girl? And gun use in movies is not a good thing for kids.. I do not see how his view on either situation means he should not smoke weed. You are trying to compare apples to frogs. Marijuana is a plant, a harmless, very helpful, plant. LEGALIZE IT! YES ON 19

Michele Wilbers

 I think Zach is a true idiot. I hope they do bring him to task for this. It is still illegal to smoke pot and he did so on National Television. So, in his opinion breaking the law is ok? Working with Mike Tyson a convicted Rapist and Wife Beater is alright? Yet, his morals stop him for working with Mel Gibson ? Mel has only been caught drunk driving and saying a few racist slurs. This idiot is doing something illegal. He is such a Hypocrite. I personally do not think much of him.

nonmember avatar Jess

Also, Justin Beiber would not be able to buy a six pack because it is illegal. He could get a bag of weed no problem tho because no one is asking for ID! If you want drugs out of the hands of kids then legalize and regulate them!

nonmember avatar Yoop

Michele, lol... you are all over the place. Obviously you didn't hear the tapes of Mel going crazy - he's done a lot more than say "a few racial slurs". This article is the only time I've even heard about Zach being a "moral barometer" also, so don't read into it too much. I think like any actor he has his preferences and one being not to work with people he doesn't want to.

What Zach did was akin to taking a swig of booze during the Prohibition. It's illegal but everyone wanted to see it. You could hear the roar of the crowd, they loved it! Bill Maher comes on his show stoned all the time, is it really that shocking that one of his guests should light up a joint? Also if he had a medical card then he technically didn't do anything illegal so there's that as well.

It's so funny how people in this country know what's going on behind the curtain, but as soon as they see it step into the spotlight... all hell breaks loose. And Michele, hopefully someday you'll understand that "Reefer Madness" was not accurate by any means. ; )

TLParker TLParker

@ Jess: You said ,"Is it hurting anyone? Are you a danger to yourself or others? NO!"

Really? You think getting high and attempting to take care of your child is completely 100% safe?

I'm not completely against the legalization, but it's going to be hard to moderate and force laws with it. Is it going to be illegal to smoke while on the job? What about driving while high? What about being around children? 


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