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David Brooks Explains Why He Doesn't Smoke Pot Anymore, Is Roundly Mocked

The Best Responses To David Brooks' Anti-Pot Column
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MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times,, appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times,, appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

New York Times columnist David Brooks set Twitter ablaze with a piece in which he explained why he doesn't smoke pot anymore.

In a piece entitled "Weed: Been There. Done That." on Thursday, Brooks wrote that he and his friends used to smoke pot, but stopped for several reasons. The first reason he gave was an "embarrassing" incident that went as follows:

"I smoked one day during lunch and then had to give a presentation in English class. I stumbled through it, incapable of putting together simple phrases, feeling like a total loser."

The column elicited quite the response online. Vanity Fair's Juli Weiner had this to say: "For a little while in my teenage years, my friends and I read David [Brooks] columns," she began. "It was fun. I have some fond memories of us all being uninformed and feeling superior together."

Then, there was this:

In fact, jokes about Brooks dominated the Twittersphere. Here were some of the best responses to his column on Twitter:

Does David Brooks think that David Brooks should have done jail time for his youthful marijuana smoking?

— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 3, 2014

Shorter David Brooks: ban marijuana because I got bored of smoking it. http://t.co/qUi2lGBSKb

— Josh Barro (@jbarro) January 3, 2014

Hahahahahahahahahhaahahahah. Can you imagine someone caring about David Brooks's opinion on pot? http://t.co/CgOl2rXBot

— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) January 3, 2014

Before You Go

Jill Abramson, executive editor

New York Times

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