Is it just me, or is it really kinda weird to show a non-antihero type character on a TV show doing cocaine without any real consequences?
I feel like a prude just saying it. But it’s not supposed to be a rite-of-passage kind of thing. Maybe some people successfully dabble in it the way you just dabble harmlessly with smoking pot. (Which, on the basis of pop culture, is practically legalized already) I’m not sure if I know anyone who’s died suddenly of an unexpected cocaine overdose or heart arrhythmia while using, but I’m sure that I know plenty of people who did lose someone that way at one point. And, let’s not forget that it’s highly addictive and that a lot of people lose years of their own lives to drug and alcohol abuse. I can only concede that I’ve seen enough people dabble without major consequences to construct a partial counterpoint here, but that logic doesn’t extend to a proper risk analysis of casual drug abuse. (Which always concludes that it’s NEVER worth the risk)
Perhaps a curious, spirited, fan-of-Cat-Marnell 26-year-old storywriter might look at cocaine and think “premise” more than “catastrophe”. But that’s probably a mistake, right?