It’s not unusual to hear children joke about alcohol. The other evening during a pause for dinner while watching the game, my friends’ daughter kept asking for a Bud Light, a shtick my 10-year-old and his buddies at the table found funnier than Boon singing “Shout” into a beer bottle in “National Lampoon’s Animal House.” Kids think booze is amusing and the idea of being drunk hilarious.
Apparently Madonna agrees, but she went too far. Over the weekend she took a photo of her 13-year-old son, Rocco (middle), and his pals looking their gangster best as they held up gin and vodka for the camera. She posted the snapshot to her Instagram page with the caption: “The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014.”
It’s hard to imagine that Madonna — at 55 and around the block and back a few times — wants to glorify underage drinking. Maybe she simply finds it as funny as the kids do. After all, in response to receiving criticism for the Instagram post, she told critics to get a sense of humor, pointing out that the young’uns weren’t drinking.
I like my wine, but I discourage my son from using alcohol as a punch line, even as I hide my smile when I find some of his antics funny. You should see his “drunk old man” character. I could send you a photo, but I haven’t taken any and don’t plan to any time soon.