A gag by Sam Newman on last night’s AFL Footy Show has the Herald Sun claiming he could attract the ire of anti-drug campaigners and family groups.
Newman pretended to smoke a bong, but later admitted it was actually tea.
“I tell you this Garry, did we see in the paper that the AFL are now going to prohibit marijuana from being on the banned list of drug taking. Did I make that up?” Newman asked.
“Looking at having it taken off,” said James Brayshaw.
“Looking at having it taken off. Well thank god because this has given us a chance,” Newman said.
“Let me tell you just how this would work Garry, I’ve been waiting for the old marijuana to be taken off’.”
Newman then lit a bong and pretended to smoke it.
“Get him off! You can’t do that!” laughed Brayshaw.
“My goodness me, wow,” Newman said. “We might still get beaten but we don’t give a shit anymore because we can smoke the ganja.
“My gee, I suddenly got hungry, you couldn’t give us a kilo of butterfly wings and a perhaps a python thigh could ya? Tally ho boys!”
Host Garry Lyon told viewers Newman was only joking with tea and not real marijuana.
“You don’t smoke a bong on live television!” said Brayshaw.
While the show is unlikely to be a breach of the Code because it was classified M, it isn’t clear if it carried a [D] warning for Drug References.
Other shows such as Wilfred have featured marijuana in a bong, but the question for the media watchdog will be ensuring The Footy Show had the right classification information.