The nerd and straight-edge community collectively shit their pants in outrage when rapper Wiz Khalifa told E! News that he doesn’t intend to stop smoking weed when his first child is born in a few weeks. Wiz and his fiancée, model Amber Rose, were quite non-chalant, and to my mind quite reasonable, about the topic.
Their son, the first child for both of them, is due very soon and they seemed really excited and very sweetly tender with each other in the interview with E!’s Terence Jenkins.
Wiz said that he plans to make his studio “baby-friendly,” but was also perfectly clear that he had no intention of quitting smoking.
“I’m not going to be smoking right there over the baby, because smoke in general and being high is not good for a kid.”
It’s a tiny bit reassuring that he recognizes that being high is not good for a kid, and I suspect … I hope in any case … that his intended meaning was that a caregiver shouldn’t be high around a kid so that they maintain the basic wherewithal to give care to that kid.
Wiz’s success is inextricably tied to his weed affinity. He sells “paraphenalia” at his shows, he’s supposedly never gone more than nine hours in his adult life without smoking, and, in March, High Times Magazine awarded him the prestigious Stoner of the Year award. Pretty impressive. Particularly that he manages to stay so thin.
If you can overlook the minor detail that marijuana is illegal in most parts of the United States, his approach sounds perfectly reasonable.
“[Our son is] going to know what [marijuana] is—and he’ll know the difference between being a child and not being able to use it and being an adult and knowing how to use it.”
So their son will be a responsible pot smoker. Amber followed by making a perfectly apt comparison between pot and alcohol.
“It’s just like alcohol, basically. … When you’re a kid, you know that you’re not supposed to drink alcohol, that it’s for adults and that’s it.”
Obviously, the difference with marijuana is that the smoke is in the air. As long as it’s not in the same air space as the kid, then it doesn’t seem like a big deal. Honestly, Wiz and Amber both seem very aware, but also swept up in the cheerful naiveté of most first-time parents.
Towards the end of the interview, Amber lost me a bit with this statement:
“Our son is just going to know that daddy likes to smoke.”
At a certain age, kids clearly know what their parents’ habits are, whether they’re open about it or not … but she just sounds a bit too self-satisfied. That statment aside, they have completely won me over. Relax, all of you judgmental shrews, and give these two a chance. In the meantime, we’ll look forward to seeing twitpics of Lil’ Wiz very soon.