Wiz Khalifa - Honored Pittsburgher?

One who glorifies the use of marijuana is honored by government for his "artistry."

Pittsburgh City Council never ceases to amaze and confound. It chose to use valuable time to honor a “noted” Pittsburgher with a day of his own. Was it distinguished city native and historian extraordinaire David McCullough? No. Dance and acting legend Gene Kelly? No. Ninety-year-old veteran comedian Marty Allen? No.

It was a rapper, the oft-arrested Wiz Khalifa, who uses his music to assert the glories of (illegal) marijuana. 

I believe that our war on drugs is an abysmal failure and that an individual should not go to jail for smoking a marijuana joint or two, but marijuana use continues to be a violation of federal law notwithstanding its “legalization” by a number of states. We travel a dangerous road when we honor individuals that believe themselves to be above the law.

What type of example is set for impressionable youth through celebrating and lauding the slovenly and criminal justice system-defying “artist,” Mr. Khalifa?

Perhaps it was appropriate on multiple counts that the honoree wore a cap with the word "Dope" emblazoned on it when he appeared in City Council Chambers to accept his award.

Today is officially Wiz Khalifa Day in Pittsburgh. What do you think about it? Tell us in the comments.

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Joyce Falsetti December 12, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Totally agree with you. It's almost as bad as Public Enemy being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Tara Smith December 13, 2012 at 01:12 AM
one word: ugh
CINDY CANDELORE December 13, 2012 at 02:43 AM
There's nothing right about this....
Roger December 13, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Clearly, this was done for one purpose, and one purpose only: Bill Peduto's political campaign. This stupid move got media coverage, including pics of Peduto and this rapper in the PG. Of course, the story had Peduto's name written all over it. I'm doubting that most (any?) members of Council even knew of this man before the meeting. Why did they vote to affirm the resolution? Is this a classic case of quid pro quo, when others bring crazy resolutions to Council? I suppose Ravenstahl has to sign the resolution to be effective, right? The open question: Will this exposure help, or hurt Peduto politically? Is this "any publicity is better than no publicity" at work? When the campaign rhetoric cranks up next Spring, will anybody remember this craziness?
Roger December 13, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Oh yes, the PG picture of the rapper was with his tongue sticking out, his hat on sideways, with DOPE written across the front. Protecting the brand? I don't think so.
B December 13, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Oren, if your didn't get my note on your other blog post. David got hid bridge after all! http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/12/05/16th-street-bridge-to-be-named-after-david-mccullough/
B December 13, 2012 at 03:46 AM
By the way, why is an opinion article the 'headline' of Patch. I completely understand and accept that Patch opens the site up to opinions and views of the community. After all, the Alamanac is limited in both openess and technologically limited by a horrible web experience. Plus, the 2 local magazines are published on an infrequent basis and mostly full of articles completely biased by advertising. Nevertheless, Patch purports itself to be a 'News' site and thus the headlines should not be 'opinion' articles by guest posters.
Becky Brindle December 13, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Patch is more than just a news website. It's also an engagement platform. Patch is revolutionizing the way neighbors connect with each other, their communities and the national conversation. This blog was featured because of the discussion it could (and did) create. And I do sincerely thank you for continuing to share your opinions. :)
Pat H. December 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I totally agree with Oren and Roger. Poor choice to honor this guy.
Robert A. Shoaf December 13, 2012 at 02:55 PM
This absurd "honor" just reflects the vileness of what passes for "mass culture" in this age. The " dumbing down " of culture, indeed.
J. December 13, 2012 at 07:25 PM
How do you feel about your towns franchise quarterback?
J. December 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Hmm, what do they have in common?
J. December 13, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Wiz should buy a house in Upper St. Clair, he would fit right in. He claimed that he has smoked with his mom and many kids in USC indulge with one or both parents. In fact I've observed that marijuana is pretty popular with many adults and kids here. I'm more outraged by the USC mom that supplied alcohol to 30 kids and received no penalty from the magistrate.


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