I’ve smoked weed for quite some time now. Perhaps longer than I’d like to admit here on the world wide web. Everyone has their reasons and I’ve had mine. Given the way in which prescription pills have ravaged this country in recent decades, perhaps weed smokers were actually ahead of the curve when it comes to self-care. But that’s not for me, nor you, to judge.
What we can certainly judge, though, was a truly befuddling weed take from Fox Sports football analyst Emmanuel Acho, who unequivocally had one of the most absurd responses to the whole Sha’Carri Richardson-suspended-from-the-Olympics-because-of-weed situation.
On July 2, just a day after it was announced that the 21-year-old Richardson would not be allowed to compete at this Summer’s Tokyo Olympics because of a positive weed test, Acho tweeted and deleted the following scorcher (which was accompanied by a video of one of his Fox Sports segments):
“Legalizing weed in track and field competition is all good if you’re running in a straight line. Legalizing weed in track and field competition is terribly dangerous if you throw the javelin. Where do we draw line.”
Needless to say, Acho was turned into a viral meme almost immediately, as the notion of getting high and tossing javelins seemed to immediately tickle the internet’s funny bone:
emmanuel acho forever known now as the weed and javelin guy. thems the rules
— charles (crying online) mcdonald (@FourVerts) July 3, 2021
Are you saying that someone is going to get high and kill someone with a Javelin? If so, Do you have ANY IDEA how fucking hilarious you saying that is. REFER MADNESS! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/XxMi3KfAit
— Van Lathan Jr (@VanLathan) July 2, 2021
When I’ve taken one (1) weed and purchased one (1) javelin pic.twitter.com/o0ZQh6Dbjr
— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) July 3, 2021
Thinking about tokin up and trying to make the Olympic javelin team
— Aaron West (@oeste) July 4, 2021
— Evan Saacks (@evansaacks) July 2, 2021
— Corey Erdman (@corey_erdman) July 2, 2021
laughing hysterically imagining someone getting impaled with a javelin thrown by a stoned person https://t.co/MfjwSYF57R
— ben mekler (@benmekler) July 2, 2021
once again i have made the mistake of setting fire to my javelin and launching my blunt across the track
— Ryan Perry (@rynprry) July 2, 2021
man thought weed was that savage drug from zootopia 😂😂😂
— Astead (@AsteadWesley) July 3, 2021
Tell me you don’t know how weed affects the human mind without telling me you don’t know how weed affects the human mind https://t.co/CSINFArPGH
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) July 2, 2021
After spending the weekend as the subject of Twitter’s ire, Acho has apparently pulled a 180 on weed, as he posted a Twitter video on Sunday night thanking the internet for “shaming” him, which in turn led him to further educate himself on the issue of marijuana:
Thank y’all for shaming my opinion on weed. You shamed me into doing more research.
The racism behind criminalizing weed in America… pic.twitter.com/TFgGMMvyTM
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) July 5, 2021
It just goes to show that in the year 2021, nothing will cause you to change your tune faster than being ruthlessly turned into a meme.