Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Singer Sheryl Crow is pushing for the introduction of a ban on using too much toilet paper to help the environment. "I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting." She has not suggested how this ban could be enforced. Will we have toilet paper police in our bathrooms, handing out tickets to those who are overly exuberant at the roller? Will we have to do hard time for using two squares instead of only one? How about three? Will the sentences be commensurate with how many squares we use? What is the ratio of number of squares to number of ply? Crow advocates using "only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required." Pesky? She's gotta be kidding.
She also thinks that paper napkins "represent the height of wastefulness," and has designed a clothing line with what she calls a "dining sleeve." The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another "dining sleeve" after the diner has used it to wipe his or her mouth. How very Middle Ages of her. She says, "Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating." I'd like to give her a piece of my mind. She could definitely use some additional brain cells, preferably working ones.
When are we going to stop assuming that celebrities are experts on things which have nothing to do with their area of expertise? I suggest that she stick to singing and leave the thinking to those who are better at it.
Update - (tidbit)
At a White House dinner Saturday, Crow and her friend, environmental activist Laurie David, approached Karl Rove and urged him to take a "fresh look" at the science of global warming. According to David's account of the exchange, the senior White House adviser "immediately got combative," and launched into a defensive recitation of the administration's global warming policy. When Crow laid a hand on Rove's arm to try and diffuse the situation, he shook her off, snapping, "Don't touch me!" Politically significant? Perhaps. Or maybe he just knew that she uses only one square of toilet paper. I wouldn't want her touching me, either.