Here’s a fun game for the afternoon: Count how many news outlets, even playfully, cast the Rolling Stones as avenging rock’n'roll angels because they dared to flaunt a smoking ban at a U.K. show. Christ, I’m a smoker and even I find this shit embarassing. Dear international media: Please don’t reduce unkillable zombie bad-ass Keith Richards to the level of Denis Leary tediously sticking it to anti-smokers because Richards was probably too drunk and/or indifferent and/or old to remember that he couldn’t smoke on stage. Dear Keith Richards: Just because cancer itself would shrivel and die if introduced into your toxic, possibly irradiated body, don’t go teaching the children of Generation Z that smoking is cool. Because it ain’t.
Smoking Stones Show They’re Still Stage Rebels [USA Today]