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Rachael Leigh Cook updates her iconic anti-drug PSA to address mass incarceration

White eggs and brown eggs have very different experiences.


Christine Friar


Rachael Leigh Cook may have become a household name with She’s All That and Josie and the Pussycats, but in terms of staying-power, her ’90s after school anti-drug PSA might prove to be her biggest credit.

In it, she holds up a raw egg and says, “This is your brain.” Then she smashes it with a frying pan and says, “This is your brain after snorting heroin.”

The image of her holding up that skillet while yolk and shell drip to the floor is seared into the mind of many a ’90s kid—there was no watching a WB or ABC Family show without seeing it—but in 2017, the conversation surrounding drugs in America has gotten a little more nuanced.

So banking on the familiarity of that meme, Cook released a new PSA this week that goes a little more in-depth on the experiences that different eggs might have with drugs. Namely, brown eggs and white eggs.


You see, white-shelled eggs often get to do drugs without any consequences, while brown-shelled eggs are far more likely to be arrested, jailed, and fall victim to our country’s mass incarceration epidemic. It’s not the most elegant metaphor, but it’s cool to see a former teen star seize an opportunity to update an iconic message.

H/T Slate

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