By MIA FREEDMAN
There are so many things I love about watching The Voice with my kids. I love that it’s a TV show that’s based on what you can do not how you look (LIFE LESSON: TICK). I love that everyone keeps their clothes on (TICK).
I love that the backstories of the contestants spark so many opportunities for interesting conversations about different personal circumstances; everything from being Albino to overcoming bullying, the loss of a loved one, dealing with a disability, mental illnesses such as depression…..SO MANY TICKS.
Same with the judges. We’ve had conversations about being gay, about Seal’s facial scarring, Joel’s tattoos, being a twin, Delta’s hair extensions TICK TICK TICK.
My 4yo son Remy is particularly taken with Joel. For a while he called him “The Tattooed Arm Guy” and from the moment he saw him he’s thought Joel is so very many shades of awesome.
I agree. He’s a passionate musician who loves his wife and his kids has a clear and sincere respect for women, he nurtures his artists both male and female and he has just enough of that larrikan charm to make him feel almost…..Australian.
So what did I think when I heard he’d been caught with drugs in his hotel room at the weekend? Relief when I heard it was marijuana and not a harder drug. Relief when I heard it was a very small amount so that he would only receive a caution from police.
If the former President of the United States, Bill Clinton – and pretty much every high profile politician since – can admit to having ‘experimented’ with marijuana in their youth, I’m hardly shocked or horrified when a rockstar does the same thing.
I was also impressed with the way he quickly made a statement:
He was gracious, apologetic, humble and low key. Contrast that for a moment with the petulant arrogance of some OTHER visiting American celebrities who have stayed at the same hotel (I’m looking at you Kelly Osborne…).
Sitting with my son early this morning on the couch sipping my tea and flicking through the news on my phone, my son looked over my shoulder and immediately became excited when he saw pictures of Joel. “Look Mummy! It’s Joel!” Fortunately, he can’t yet read. But when he walked past The Today Show and an item about the drug bust came on the news, I dived for the remote control to hit the mute button.