February 24, 2007
Blind the Horse, Shag the Bird...
...but don't, whatever you do, smoke a cigarette:
Photographs show the actor, with stubble and looking more Harry Enfield than Harry Potter, half-way through a cigarette in a scene from Equus, the celebrated Peter Shaffer play in which Radcliffe opens at the Gielgud Theatre on Tuesday.
The image brought immediate condemnation.
Amanda Sandford, a spokesman for Ash, the anti-smoking organisation, said: "It is regrettable that he is smoking, whatever the circumstances. He is a role model for young people and if he decided to take up smoking in real life that would be of great concern.
"Even though it is an act, nicotine is highly addictive and he could find himself hooked."
I think this bloke has it right:
David Pugh, the producer of the revival, said: "If they are worried about smoking and not about the fact that he's simulating sex with a young girl on stage, it makes me think that they've got their priorities wrong.
In fact, given that he's 17, isn't this in fact child pornography?
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17 is fine for shagging, (not that I got round o it at that age) not sure how old the girl is though.
In Scotland you may be interested to learn, they have discovered that the smoking ban has had no effect on the death rate. Indeed it has gone u since the ban. The reason, we are told is that because people can no longer go to the pub to a fag and a pint of heavy, they are doing it at home in front of their children...gasp, shock.
Queue rumblings in tartan policy circles to make it an offence to smoke at home with under 16 year olds on the premises.
Posted by: Elaib | Feb 24, 2007 10:05:26 AM
The reason, we are told is that because people can no longer go to the pub to a fag and a pint of heavy, they are doing it at home in front of their children...gasp, shock.
That's OK then... The only even vaguely statistically significant result from the massive 1998 W.H.O. study on "passive smoking" was that children exposed to environmental tobacco smoke were less likely to suffer from "smoking related" illnesses in adulthood.
So they're doing their kids a favour really... :-)
Posted by: Jeff | Feb 24, 2007 8:28:23 PM
I am pretty sure that even the regular commenters on Tim's blog can work out that there has not been enough time since the Scottish smoking ban to have a measurable effect on the death rate.
Posted by: dsquared | Feb 26, 2007 8:09:44 AM