Fictional celebrities from Knight Rider to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have spoken out against marijuana. But did you know that legendary San Francisco anchorman Ron Burgundy also went on record as a pot prohibitionist? Will Ferrell - who turns 49 today - played Burgundy in a faux commercial that skewers American society for approving vices like tobacco and alcohol but banning cannabis, which is arguably the safest of the three.
Ferrell plays up the hypocrisy by endorsing scotch and cigarettes while slamming 'reefer.'
"Whatever happened to getting high on good old, clean life?" Burgundy asks the camera. "Maybe enjoying life looking at a rainbow. Or sitting underneath a waterfall, enjoying a big old glass of scotch? Or enjoying a pack of cigarettes on a good old summer day? What happened to those simple days?"
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Photo credit: Gemma LaMana, Paramount Pictures Corporation.