Yesterday, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where the brightest minds in conservatism join together, speakers spent the day warning that liberalism would result in the elimination of hamburgers.
Today, the fear-mongering continued, with reporter Sara Carter, of Release the Memo fame, warning that kids are throwing Skittles parties.
Unfortunately, this is not a party where everyone gets served some delicious Skittles, as delightful as that would be, but another conservative bugaboo about the state of America today.
.@SaraCarterDC: "Our kids are having parties, they call them 'Skittles parties,' where they bring pills and put them into bowls and everybody picks a pill that they want and takes them. I mean, it's kind of shocking when I heard about this, randomly taking pills." pic.twitter.com/DB0OmPtn4F
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 1, 2019
“Our kids are having parties, they call them ‘Skittles parties,'” Carter said, “where they bring pills and put them into bowls and everybody picks a pill that they want and takes them. I mean, it’s kind of shocking when I heard about this, randomly taking pills.”
Kids do dumb things, and sure, it’s plausible that this has happened among a group of dumb friends, but the idea that swathes of American children are tossing all their pills in a bowl and guzzling random handfuls ranks up there with the mythological bracelet parties, where children supposedly wore color-coded bracelets that let their friends know what sex acts they were willing to perform.
They’re urban legends that, regardless of how implausible they sound, are signposts with conservatives of how much this great nation has devolved.
Kids! Doing drugs! Indiscriminately!
When parents ask their teens about skittles parties: pic.twitter.com/LkxAR7uNCw
— Kim Cavill (@sexposparenting) March 1, 2019
and then they’re worshipping satan with their dragons & dungeons and going out on the street listening to gangsta rap playing the knockout game because momo told them to on youtube https://t.co/M9yYNDnyUe
— kilgore trout, not a medical doctor (@KT_So_It_Goes) March 1, 2019
Skittles parties? Reminds me of the urban legend about "rainbow/lipstick parties" middle schoolers were supposedly having.
— :SCREE: 🏳️🌈 (@CasualFolami) March 1, 2019
"Our kids are going to parties where they mix up the Skittles and M&Ms and there's no light and no one knows which candy they're eating until it's too late!"
— The Posting-to-Praxis Pipeline (@atweetfromascif) March 1, 2019
Me: OMG DO YOU GO TO SKITTLES PARTIES
Son: [expression of incredulity, pity, and resignation]
— WorkThroughItHat (@Popehat) March 1, 2019
@SaraCarterDC a "skittles party" is an urban legend. There is no evidence to back this up. Why would they put all the drugs into a bowl and do it at random? They'd be better off giving to close friends or to sell the drug and buy others. https://t.co/umqOzZZ5FO
— Josh Jakob Architect (@JJakobDesign) March 1, 2019
Wasn't there some sort of "kids parties" moral panic a few years back that was also color-based? "Rainbow", either the popsicle oral-sex myth or bowl full of condoms, right?
Do American moral panics evolve like music, elements of previous styles are incorporated into the next? https://t.co/PY1hMGbIVq
— John Rogers (@jonrog1) March 1, 2019
There are still two more days left of CPAC.