It’s always a sad day when I see the letters “RIP” show up in my news feed. No matter how young or old, famous or not a person is, it’s always a tragedy to hear we’ve lost someone. As we mourn the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an apparent drug overdose this weekend, Demi Lovato took to Twitter to express her sympathy and concern:
“I wish more people would lose the stigma and treat addiction as the deadly and serious DISEASE that it is. Drugs are not something to glamorize in pop music or film to portray as harmless recreational fun. It’s not cute, ‘cool’ or admire able. It’s very rare when people can actually predict their addiction and even then, you never know when too much is going to take their life or take a bad batch of whatever it is their using. It’s time people start really taking action on changing what we’re actually singing/rapping about these days because you never know if you could be glamorizing a certain drug to a first time user or alcoholic who could possibly end up dead because they end up suffering from the same deadly disease so many have already died from. This stuff is not something to mess with. Why risk it? Addiction IS a disease. Please spread the word so we can take the taboo out of discussing this illness and raising awareness to people of all ages. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.. An INCREDIBLE artist who lost his life to this horrible disease.. May you rest peacefully and in complete serenity now that your pain is gone. God Bless..”
Darlings, do you agree with Demi that performers have a responsibility when it comes to ending the glamorization of drugs and alcohol? Or, do you think there would still be issues with it whether or not artists included references about it in their songs? Let’s chat about it in the comments below.
Dearest minions, if you or someone you know has a substance abuse problem, click here for help. You know I love you. XOXO