Friday, February 6, 2009

A message from SSDP


By now you're probably aware that Olympic hero Michael Phelps was photographed lighting an orphanage on fire, and has now been suspended from competing and is getting dropped by a major sponsor.

Oh, wait. Actually, he was photographed lighting marijuana on fire, not an orphanage.

Smoking marijuana is hardly unusual behavior for a 23 year old. In fact, Phelps is being crucified for something that more than half the adult American population has done at some point in their lives.

Yet, Phelps is facing suspension from competing in the Olympics and Kellogg's cereal has decided to drop their sponsorship of the athlete, claiming "Michael's most recent behavior is not consistent with the image of Kellogg."

Kellogg's needs to hear from the public that their decision will hurt their company far more than Phelps's marijuana use. Please contact Kellogg's today and tell them that you will boycott all of their products until they reverse their decision on Phelps's sponsorship (you can find a list of Kellogg's products at the bottom of this e-mail). You can contact Kellogg's by visiting

Just cut and paste the following message into the webform on the Kellogg's website (or edit it if you like):

I am deeply disappointed by your decision to drop your sponsorship of Michael Phelps simply because he was photographed smoking marijuana. Over half of all adult Americans, including our last three presidents, have smoked marijuana during their lives. It is outrageous that Kellogg's would hold Michael Phelps to such an unreasonable standard, rather than standing by a 23 year old who has brought more inspiration and joy to millions of Americans than most will accomplish in a lifetime. Until you reverse your decision to drop Michael Phelps' sponsorship, I will be boycotting all Kellogg's products.

Meanwhile, USA Swimming, the governing body of American swimming events, has suspended Phelps for three months for his use of marijuana. While this will not cause him to miss any major competitions, he still faces a potential four-year suspension from the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency. If you have a Facebook account, please join thousands of others in signing a petition demanding that the IOC and WADA not suspend Phelps from international competition.

Have a great weekend, and please keep an eye out for further action on this next week. We're working with a coalition of organizations to send a strong message to the media that a single bong hit should never ruin a person's career.


Kris Krane, Executive Director
Students for Sensible Drug Policy


  1. Below is the list of Kellogg's products that we hope you consider boycotting until they reverse their decision to drop Michael Phelps as a sponsor:

    Apple Jacks(R)
    Kellogg's Corn Flakes(R)
    Cracklin' Oat Bran(R)
    Crunchy Blends(R)
    Eggo(R) Cereal
    Froot Loops(R)
    Frosted Flakes(R)
    Frosted Mini-Wheats(R)
    Fruit Harvest(R)
    Honey Smacks(R)
    Product 19(R)
    Kellogg's Raisin Bran(R)
    Rice Krispies(R)
    Smart Start(R)
    Special K(R)

    Organic Promise(R)
    Good Friends(R)
    Mighty BitesTM
    Heart to Heart(R)
    7 Whole Grains

    Pop-Tarts(R) Toaster Pastries
    Kellogg's Go-Tarts!™

    Snack Bars
    Kashi(R) Chewy Granola Bars
    Kashi(R) GOLEAN(R) Bars
    Kellogg's(R) Crunch™ Bars
    Kellogg's(R) Crunchy Nut™
    Sweet & Salty Bars
    Kellogg's(R) Granola Munch'ems
    Rice Krispies Treats(R) Squares
    Special K(R) Bars

    Breakfast Bars
    All-Bran™ Bars
    Nutri-Grain(R) Cereal Bars
    Nutri-Grain(R) Muffin Bars
    Nutri-Grain(R) Yogurt Bars

    Fruit Flavored Snacks
    Fruit Steamers™
    Fruit Twistables™
    Kellogg's™ Yogos™

    Fruit Leather
    Stretch Island(R) Fruit Leather

    On-the-Go Snacks
    Rite BitesTM

    Keebler(R) Cookies
    Keebler(R) Cookies
    Chips Deluxe(R) Cookies
    E.L. Fudge(R) Cookies
    Fudge Shoppe(R) Cookies
    Golden Vanilla Wafers(R) Cookies
    Sandies(R) Cookies
    Soft Batch(R) Cookies
    Vienna Fingers(R) Cookies

    Carr's(R) Cookies

    Famous Amos(R)
    Famous Amos(R) Cookies

    Murray(R) Cookies
    Murray(R) Sugar Free Cookies

    Keebler(R) Crackers
    Club(R) Crackers
    Keebler(R) Grahams
    Munch'ems(R) Baked Snacks
    Town House(R) Crackers
    Wheatables(R) Crackers
    Toasteds(R) Crackers
    Zesta(R) Crackers

    Austin(R) Crackers

    Carr's(R) Crackers

    Cheez-It(R) Crackers
    Sunshine Krispy(R) Crackers

    Kashi(R) TLCTM Crackers

    Loma Linda(R)

    Morningstar Farms(R) Organic

    Kashi GOLEAN Waffles
    Morningstar Farms(R)

    Keebler(R) Graham Crackers Crumbs
    Keebler(R) Cones
    Ready Crust(R) Pie Crust
    Kellogg's(R) Stuffing Mix
    Kellogg's(R) Corn Flake Crumbs


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