Ninja Turtles frown upon school drug deals

Turtles The normally (and painfully) unfunny crowd over at College Humor dug up this classic anti-pot commercial featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is much higher brow than their usual “Greek letters Sharpied across boobs” fare. And now that I’m older, I notice that a couple of things about this spot don’t add up. First of all, why is a 10-year-old boy selling pot? You’d expect that sort of thing now, when you have to warn middle schoolers about crystal meth and stuff, but I don’t believe preadolescent drug use was as big a concern in the ’80s. And second, what kind of school broadcasts drug deals on closed-circuit television? The video’s headline suggests that one of the Turtles was baked during filming of the ad, but I’d say the director was the culprit. Must be one of those “Do as I say” kinda things.

—Posted by David Kiefaber

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