Singer Fiona Apple’s arrest this week for drug possession at a border patrol check point in Texas is just the latest example of the kind of irresponsible behavior we’ve come expect from popular musicians. I don’t get it. These people are blessed with talent, and possess both a drive for that talent to be heard, and that “it” quality that’s elusive to the rest of us mortals.
They’ve leveraged these traits and established careers where they perform for (and are worshipped by) thousands and, for the most part, make a pretty comfortable living doing so. But, man, they can’t hide their drugs for shit. That is just blatant irresponsibility. Think of the kids, damn it!
Most will see just another new boy band when they look at this. I see tremendous strides being made in hair product technology.
What’s appalling about the Apple arrest is that, according to celebrity news website TMZ, this is the same West Texas border check point that had previously busted Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg. (These were on separate occasions. The two men were not on the same bus together. I’m pretty sure that any tour bus containing both Snoop Dogg AND Willie Nelson would never leave where it boarded. I envision a back and forth about who was supposed to be on key duty before finally settling the dispute over nine hours of Halo.)
The circles within the music industry may not be small, but I find it hard to believe that nobody traveling with Apple wasn’t hip to the fact that this particular border check point had busted some notables, so it’d probably behoove them to ditch whatever they had out the bus window prior to arriving for inspection.
That didn’t happen, obviously, and so the law found a small amount of both marijuana and hashish in a glass jar stuffed in a BACKPACK. That’s right, a backpack. Because Fiona Apple apparently prefers to carry her drugs around in the same fashion as the dude who lived across from you your sophomore year of college. You remember that guy, right? He was waaaaaay too into these guys:
This trend of rock/pop musicians getting busted for drug possession because they don’t take the time or have the wherewithal to hide their shit better is a tired tale. It’s as old as rock-n-roll itself, but here’s the thing: you don’t hear about musicians from other genres getting busted because they don’t know how to carry their recreationals. Take this dude:
Rock stars, take a lesson.