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March 02, 2005

The Govenator and 'Roids

Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger has no regrets about his use of steroids as a body builder. Earlier this week, the headlines declared just that: Schwarzenegger: No Regrets About Steroids.

Did he not know that his admission and not the context of his admission would be the message heard by most; especially, our nation's youth? Apparently the 'roids were legal at the time and he took them as prescribed by a doctor, but until I actually read the article, all I heard were the headlines. Schwarzenegger told Stephanopoulos

"We were experimenting with it. It was a new thing. So you can't roll the clock back and say, 'Now I would change my mind on this,'" he said...
Why not? I'm a bit perplexed by the Governator on this one.

Posted by Rick at March 2, 2005 09:22 AM

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Well, to play devil's advocate, it is unlikely that Schwarzenegger would have be governor now if it were not for his steriod use. Without steroids, he would never have been a professional bodybuilder, let alone a seven-time Mr. Olympia winner. Without his stunning bodybuilding career, he wouldn't have broken into Hollywood's ranks, and without his moviemaking success, he would never have been elected governor. Considering that he managed to get through those years of steriods without serious health affects, he has some reason to not regret his usage.

Posted by: John at March 2, 2005 09:50 AM

John, I see your point. I wish he would have kept that opinion to himself. He has a responsibility now to watch his words and think about the impact of his headlines. How many kids will hear Arnold's comments without the benefit of context and be harmed? That's what I'm most worried about.

Posted by: Rick Brady at March 2, 2005 11:07 AM

I think that is the major point. People have to learn that context is vital. Not saying something because it could be miscontrued if taken out of context is like avoiding the Bible because people can take verses out of context and come to the wrong conclusion
You can always take things out of context and make it mean the oppposite

Posted by: Chad Winters at March 2, 2005 12:48 PM