Drug Addict George Michael – Should Barbados Let Him In Again?

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Our old Barbados friend (and very good friend of Prime Minister Tony Blair) George Michael has admitted publicly that he is a drug addict.

Golly! Who would have thought? 😉

But now that he has admitted to being a drug addict, and has come out in the media as a proponent of marijuana – should Barbados let this man into the country again?

It is one thing when everyone knows, but there is no “proof” – it is entirely another circumstance when a person confirms their own addiction to prescription drugs and also lobbies for legalization of marijuana.

In or out, folks?

Daily Mail: I am addicted to drugs, says George Michael

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46 responses to “Drug Addict George Michael – Should Barbados Let Him In Again?

  1. Anonymous

    i see no prob with letting him in after all if the drug trade is legalised there woould be lot less killings etc ,,,,,,,……peoples get real herb should have been legal long ago let him in if he wants to come

  2. Anonymous

    oh let him in cmon get real folks

  3. BFP Cliverton Not Logged In

    So we should let any self-admitted drug addict into Barbados, or just Mr. Michael because he is rich and famous?

  4. samizdat

    *stupse*

    Yuh can’t be serious.

    Of course let de man in. He ent brek no law hey.

    Where yuh tink dis is: Cuba?

  5. Anonymous

    so you gwine deport MIA???

  6. Bajanboy

    Half of Barbados is addicted to alcohol, so what’s your point?

  7. ILLUMINATOR

    You must be muusssst be kidding . I think weed should be legal too , i guess i should be deported to Holland or something . Are you so saying that having an opinion contrary to present popular thinking should be penalised. That would have people like Martin Luther jr. and Nelson Mandela in serious trouble not to mention Issac Newton .
    Rebels are the people who often cause change not conformist sheeple.

    We come and find weed and will die and leave it , who gives anyone the right to decide it should be illegal any way. Cause they care , suurrre .

  8. Bakkra Johnny

    Which is more morally wrong … smokin lil herb or tiefin tax payers money ???? We have to make up our minds what we want to be … A tourist destination that welcomes all and can cater to all types of visitors and their lifestyles from the ultra rich to the budget traveller or a conservative far right moral majority type destination like Bermuda that wouldnt at one time let in people with locks …. look at where they are now !! seriously struggling ….Sir Paul McCartney used to come here regularly until he got busted by a housekeeper who found a little roach in an ashtray (roach=ganga cigarette) … he hasnt been back since … neither has Mick Jagger since the Jerry Hall affair … How do you think the international community view Tobago after so many of them objected to Elton John’s performance over there recently because of his lifestyle …. and certain Jamaican artists cant perform in America because of their anti homosexual stance ….

    If we are serious about being a top class tourst destination, we have to learn to live and let live, welcome all … once they dont openly break our laws ….

  9. True Native

    Never mind the pot-smoking. If I were an Immigration Officer and came face to face with such a frowsy looking creature I would hesitate to let him in!

  10. I didn’t even know the ex-Whammer was here? But everyone in this thread makes sense, if you gonna object to herb then you gotta stop those Banks wunna addicted to as well! 😉

  11. Bakkra Johnny,

    Valid arguement. However, just because we are a tourist destination, it doesn’t mean that visitors get a ‘free pass’ to behave as they like.

    Each country is different and while we should respect people’s cultures/beliefs/views, they should respect ours as well, especially if they are the ones who are visiting our island.

    There will obviously be those who don’t like it and who will go elsewhere (e.g. the Elton John thing.) That’s the risk we take. To hard, they’ll leave, to soft and sooner or later, it gets out of control (i.e., the wrong ‘element’ enters) and we as a tourist destination lose our ‘attractiveness’ as being safe/friendly/etc.

    So, we have to strike a balance. As for barring Boy George from entry, I disagree. Let him come. If he breaks the law and is caught, let him face the penalties. He’s taking a risk and so are we.

    Yours,
    The Bystander.

  12. herbiverous

    uh wonduh if he does smoke de same type of weed dat kairofocus does smoke b4 he write dem big long speeches for we little people on here and wax lyrical!

    i wud luv to get me some uh dat!

    weed is natural. wunnuh need to take wunnuh heads from where de shine doan shine and inhale some good kalliweed. is cure glaucoma and arthiritis.

    if dis weird looking man want to come into bim then let him be. once he doan want to buy a huge chunk of land. but den if that is he purpose fuh comin he will most likely get red carpet welcome!

  13. Crusty

    Hey BFP: Are the responses on this topic as you
    thought or hoped might occur? You got me curious.
    I’m wondering if your over-the-top opinion on
    certain topics (e.g. Christianity, Islam, homosexuality,
    China/Cuba human rights, illegal drugs) is just a
    pose to keep the pot boiling.

    ***********************

    Hi Crusty

    We never know what to expect from our readers, and I suspect that is true of everyone. As to “our” opinions being “over the top” on certain subjects, firstly please don’t confuse what our readers may say with “our” opinions. Secondly, yes we do ask questions all the time to promote discussion of everything, so one should not assume that our opinion is this or that because we ask a question.

    I am confused about your statement that our opinion on homosexuality is “over the top” because in my memory we’ve never written about that subject although many of the readers have discussed various issues relating to the subject.

    As to our opinions of “Christianity, Islam, China/Cuba human rights, illegal drugs” being “over the top” – now it is you who are doing the hyperbole shuffle!

    🙂

  14. Bakkra Johnny

    Bystander ,
    Agreed.
    Notice I said “once they don’t OPENLY break our laws.”

    *****************

    Comment by BFP

    But by his own definition, George Michael is a drug addict – meaning that he would have to continue his addiction to drugs while in Barbados. Based upon that fact, shouldn’t we prevent a person from entering?

    Or… are you saying that if they are “only” addicted to prescribed narcotics, it is ok for them to enter as opposed to them being addicted to heroin for instance?

    You are in charge of immigration policy for Barbados. What would be your decision about letting in a heroin addict vs. a methadone addict bringing his own opiates?

  15. pinpunma

    I cannot even believe how we are thinking by having George Michael banned are we so anal like Tobag
    this is 2007 Barbados wake up and smell the roses after world cup 2007 we have proved that anything goes

  16. Wishing in Vain

    If you are going to ban him for herb what are you going to do about Mottley and the white stuff that she uses,ban her from politics?

  17. Straight talk

    He wouldn’t come here anyway.
    There are no suitable public conveniences for him to perform his usual act!

  18. Anonymous

    something odd going on at Barbados Free Press, recently.
    Getting very ‘anti-‘ – anti-everything.
    suspect it’s a slow news week and the pressure is on to FIND something to mount.
    Very anti-China(your next Lord and Master).
    Losing your grip on what you thought was a nice cut-and-dried world?
    getting old?
    mid-life crisis?
    Losing credibility?
    ***********************

    BFP replies…

    Hello anonymous
    First, we said we would go easy on the Prime Minister this week and we are keeping that promise.
    Anti-China? No… anti-slavery, anti-kidnapping pregnant women and forcing abortions, anti-imprisoning people for their religious beliefs.
    Mid-Life crisis?
    I’m a little young for a mid-life crisis (I hope I’m not at mid-life yet!) but George has been a cranky old fart for ten years now! 😉

  19. reality check

    any tourist can walk down our beaches on just about any day and be offered pot, cocaine or whatever.

    Do we really want to waste our energies
    chasing marginal situations when we have much more serious problems going on?

    Many of our politicians and some lawyers would have criminal records ( felonies not misdemeanors ) for their past and present actions in first world counries.

  20. justice

    BFP, surely you jest. You want to ban someone for exercising his freedom of speech to suggest changing a stupid, ineffective law? Holy Nelson Mandela, how ironic! There, but for the anonymity of the internet, go you.

  21. BFP Cliverton Not Logged In

    Justice…

    We ask if people who have declared themselves to be drug addicts should be allowed to enter the country.

    Mr. Micheal’s international status presents an interesting quandary for us all. If he was an ordinary person who happened to be a drug addict, I suspect that most folks would say “we don’t need that kind of trouble here from non-citizens”

    It is Mr. Michael’s wealth and fame that cause us to pause.

  22. BFP

    Hi Crusty

    We never know what to expect from our readers, and I suspect that is true of everyone. As to “our” opinions being “over the top” on certain subjects, firstly please don’t confuse what our readers may say with “our” opinions. Secondly, yes we do ask questions all the time to promote discussion of everything, so one should not assume that our opinion is this or that because we ask a question.

    I am confused about your statement that our opinion on homosexuality is “over the top” because in my memory we’ve never written about that subject although many of the readers have discussed various issues relating to the subject.

    As to our opinions of “Christianity, Islam, China/Cuba human rights, illegal drugs” being “over the top” – now it is you who are doing the hyperbole shuffle!

    🙂

  23. ?x?

    Its because of Mr. Michael’s wealth and fame that you know about it in the first place. Or maybe you think that all prospective visitors to the island should be background checked.

  24. BFP

    Bakkra…

    Comment by BFP

    But by his own definition, George Michael is a drug addict – meaning that he would have to continue his addiction to drugs while in Barbados. Based upon that fact, shouldn’t we prevent a person from entering?

    Or… are you saying that if they are “only” addicted to prescribed narcotics, it is ok for them to enter as opposed to them being addicted to heroin for instance?

    You are in charge of immigration policy for Barbados. What would be your decision about letting in a heroin addict vs. a methadone addict bringing his own opiates?

  25. BFP

    ?x? said
    “Its because of Mr. Michael’s wealth and fame that you know about it in the first place.”
    Possibly true, but many ordinary folks have their names splashed in the media when found unconscious by drug overdose in a car they were driving on a public street – like Mr. Michael.
    The issue is that once we know… then what?
    As to the background checks, Barbados does them all the time when folks like Mr. Michael ask for permission to have residency.

  26. ?x?

    Is he asking for residency? I thought this was in the context of a visit.
    ********************
    BFP replies…
    He owns a home on the island where the rich and famous party. He drives a new but really beat up white Toyota that looks like he has hit everything within reach. Like any drug addict he shouldn’t be driving but he does.

  27. BFP

    BFP replies…

    Hello anonymous
    First, we said we would go easy on the Prime Minister this week and we are keeping that promise.
    Anti-China? No… anti-slavery, anti-kidnapping pregnant women and forcing abortions, anti-imprisoning people for their religious beliefs.
    Mid-Life crisis?
    I’m a little young for a mid-life crisis (I hope I’m not at mid-life yet!) but George has been a cranky old fart for ten years now! 😉

  28. Bajan George

    BFP – Would you favour a system that would cull those visitors likely to abuse alchohol? Should those who are “known” drug abusers but who haven’t been convicted be allowed in Barbados?

  29. Bajan George

    You were not referring to me, but I have been a pround and cranky old fart for far longer than 10 years! Age and treachery will always win over youth and skill.

  30. Bajan George

    Pround. We don’t need no steenking proofread either, apparently.

  31. BFP

    Hi Bajan George

    I (Clive) would favour a system that would prevent persons who have been convicted of multiple incidents of driving while drunk/on drugs from entering Barbados.

    Obviously there have to be rules and controls on who we allow into this country. I find it almost amusing (or sad) that most of the commenters on this article are saying that an admitted drug addict with multiple incidents of driving under the influence and a conviction for the same should not be refused entry to our country.

    What I can’t get a straight answer on is… are our readers cutting George Michael some slack because he is rich and famous, or because they are saying that drug addiction and multiple incidents of drunk/under the influence driving should not be considered when deciding Immigration standards?

  32. reality check

    BFP

    I guess the answer might be to prevent someone from coming in when we know someone will likely be a danger to himself or others through his addiction or his past criminal behaviour in Barbados.

    Anyone will tell you that even though an alcholic has taken the 12 step program he will always be an alcoholic with an addictive personality.Many people are addicted to prescription medicine, alcohol and other such manner of escaping reality.

    While we may have come a long way from Sir Paul McCartney being tossed out for smoking a joint, has Michaels been found driving drunk or under the influence in Barbados or was his conduct so outrageous elsewhere and the repercusiions to others such that he should be prevented from coming in?

    We don’t have his record in front of us and can’t properly assess that decision and I doubt if the immigtaion or police have more than what they occasionally read in the international press.

    maybe you can enlighten us to the nature of his addictions, the damage caused to others and whether you think a mere former conviction from drug use means he is still regularly using?

  33. Yardbroom

    I am no fan of George Michael but to refuse him entry to Barbados because he advocates the legalization of marijuana and is a drug addict seems silly. If Barbados is as pure and drug free as people seem to advocate, he would have no supply in Barbados, problem solved. Should he chose to be in possission of drugs on arrival he could be arrested, what is the issue.

    I hope we are not going to start taking a high moral stance on every issue , if we did we would be no better than the Muslim fundamentalists Police in Iran, with their staves and rods we have laws in this country, those who transgress the law will be seen to in the proper way.

  34. “What I can’t get a straight answer on is… are our readers cutting George Michael some slack because he is rich and famous, or because they are saying that drug addiction and multiple incidents of drunk/under the influence driving should not be considered when deciding Immigration standards?”

    ———————-

    BFP Clive,

    I don’t know about the others, but I don’t care about George’s money/fame.

    Drugs are illegal in Bim. If you know this and you come here and you use them and you get caught, well tough. That goes for the big-ups and for the man on the street.

    If we were to, as you say, consider drunk driving incidents/druge usage before granting entry, then we’d have to be willing to do without some tourists. Word will spread and you can be certain that the big wigs will skip Barbados. Are we prepared to deal with that? You have to take the good with the bad, unfortunately.

    So, in answer to your question, YES. Go ahead and take a person’s drinking/drug history into consideration before permitting them entry. HOWEVER, be prepared to deal with the backlash and be prepared to be black-listed as a destination for tourists and other international visitors.

    Yours,
    The Bystander.

    P.S. what do we do about all the tourists who are already here getting drunk and doing drugs?

  35. Goodness, this is a first. A comment that I made is awaiting moderation!

    **************

    BFP Comments

    One of the trigger words is “drugs”… because we receive several thousand spam comments each month about online offers to purchase various drugs. Viagara, phentermine etc etc etc.

    Nothing that can be done about it. We all have to live with the moderation as the alternative is to allow hundreds of drug adverts onto our comment section. 😦

  36. Bajan George

    I don’t think the questions are that simple. The fear here is a concern that total intolerance could isolate Barbados even more than it is now.

    Would we find it acceptable to refuse entry to certain writers, artists, musicians and others who, despite being extraordinary creative forces on the planet, are being shunned because of their addictions?

    I suspect the answer is probably in the middle. Let them come, be clear about the laws of Barbados, and understand that addictions don’t just happen to offensive people. Addiction happens to millions of useful and good people too, and deserves a compassionate approach, under the law.

  37. ?x?

    What I think is the problem is that you (The BFP) are picking on someone who is only in the lime light because he is rich and famous.
    I would tend to agree with you repeated drug offenders should not be given the right to reside in the island.

    You can deal with the driving issue by simple not issuing them with a local driving license. Add a line to the form when a tourist goes into to get a permit asking for previous convictions. If they lie and get caught you prosecute.

    However there should be some parity with how you treat local and foreigners in the eyes of the law. Many of the things you condemn GM of doing, and rightly so, are done by locals with impunity, especially the drink driving.

  38. Chase

    Well said Bajan George.

  39. justice

    Might I ask if drug addiction is not an illness which might be cured…or is it to be condemned because it is caused by the deliberate actions of the individual? Much like lung cancer victims who smoked…or obese people who ate too much? Perhaps we might open a rehab clinic for the rich and famous…Or would you object, BFP?

  40. New reader

    Don’t advocate banning people whose behaviour you dislike. That is very much in keeping with the Chinese government’s style, whether you see it or not. Laws are in place to protect against the behaviour and as some have commented, if someone is caught for a crime committed in Barbados then he/she should then have to accept the consequences. If you feel the laws are weak then you have to push MPs to address that. You need to realise that those who have NOT stated publicly that they are addicts of drugs, alcohol or other substances, are really more damaging potentially than someone who has admitted such addictions. That applies to all the tourists who bring in, buy and consume illegal drugs in Barbados (see recent reports of Reggae on the Hill concert). By all means ask the questions at entry, and of course accept that many will lie. What would your reaction be to someone proposing to develop a centre in Barbados to treat addicts (as some other Caribbean islands have), as an extension of medical tourism?

  41. Zulu

    Are we going to ask Ikael Tafari to leave the island before we deport him? Let whoever wants to come, come. There is only one thing we ask of them. Obey our laws and everything should be alright.

  42. Zulu

    BFP asks “are our readers cutting George Michael some slack because he is rich and famous, or because they are saying that drug addiction and multiple incidents of drunk/under the influence driving should not be considered when deciding Immigration standards?”
    The answer is this. We are giving this addict plenty slack because he is rich and famous. Nothing else.

  43. Uhad2axe

    are our readers cutting George Michael some slack because he is rich and famous,
    or because they are saying that drug addiction and multiple incidents of drunk/under the influence driving should not be considered when deciding Immigration standards?

    quite honestly, we couldn’t care less in either case!
    As long as he brings his money, he can join all the other perverts,drunks and crack addicts already resident on this ‘squeaky-clean’ island that’s a can of worms.
    In case u havent noticed, tourism is a form of national prostitution, and that means we take all comers on our chest,dearie.

  44. Anonymous

    “P.S. what do we do about all the tourists who are already here getting drunk and doing drugs?”

    do nothing. stop playing god.
    Sobriety is the domain of animals: they have no choice. humans have the intellect to make choice whether to stay straight or escape normal shitty consciousness, from time to time.
    of course true addicts think they can escape permanently..fools they be.
    maybe we should give them enough so they can turn their slow suicide into a quick one,
    and let’s be rid of them permanently.
    Paro’s can never be rehabbed to the point of becoming societally useful, so euthanasia is the solution. – one time.!

    What to do about all the people living on the island, doing drugs and getting drunk? line them all up and shoot them, starting with.

    jueo christian principles are so laughable,honestly.
    they try to get us thru this life the hard way.
    doing without. huge improvement for the soul and the character,this ‘Doing Without’ denial of pleasures. thank god i ditched the judeo christian principles some time ago. very freeing. you are yet to get there. pity.

  45. Chaka Welch

    Aw come on, how can you seriously even think of that. Do you know how many kids are addicted to this drug in the schools??? it wouldn’t make much difference, eh? he didn’t kill anybody…yet. At least not that we know. Let the man in, would you?

  46. CoolMan

    Aint he get ketch doin sumting funny in an LA bathroom, or was that another actor?

    H goin fit rite in here wid de udder bigups.