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Newscaster Blasted For Using Bizarre Teen 'Bedroom' To Promote Story On Youth Drug Use

Newscaster Blasted For Using Bizarre Teen 'Bedroom' To Promote Story On Youth Drug Use

On Thursday, a St. Louis newscaster was mocked after Twitter users suggested that a photo from an upcoming story about teen drug use had been staged.

Paige Hulsey, a CBS affiliate KMOV anchor/reporter, took to social media to promote a story about how a parent can tell if their teen is using drugs.

The tweet was accompanied by a photo of what Hulsey described as "a typical teen's bedroom" — and therein lies the catch.

I was shocked at what I found in this room!!! #stl #n4tm pic.twitter.com/Df2yegDPUq — Paige Hulsey (@paigehulsey) June 24, 2021

People were skeptical that the bedroom belonged to a genuine adolescent for a variety of reasons.

Why does this adolescent live in an office? https://t.co/G0cDE0c5Mh — Mike Murphy (@mcwm) June 24, 2021

They literally styled an empty room in the newsplex into a fake version of what they think a stoner teen's bedroom looks like https://t.co/nx2NliCss7 — Arielle Castillo (@ariellec) June 24, 2021

Yes, I'd be concerned if my teen lived in what is clearly a commercial office space hastily decorated to look like a 45-year-old's idea of a teenager's bedroom, complete with subversive elements like tie-dye and Catch-22 — Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) June 24, 2021

Also, all of the bottles scattered around are Coca-Cola products, making it appear like some messed-up attempt at placement advertising, which is ironic, CONSIDERING — Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) June 24, 2021

I don't think a bong, some bud, and a crunchy sock is all that surprising; I'm more surprised that a teen has dual nightstands...... https://t.co/ILgZmSTWDS — CHRIS KLEMENS (@ChrisKlemens) June 24, 2021

Trying to hide marijuana from my parents with a mile 420 sign https://t.co/EPca7YdXMr — Chelsea Cirruzzo (@ChelseaCirruzzo) June 24, 2021

People are talking about the Mile 420 sign, but I believe the most disturbing issue we need to address here is the epidemic of teenagers sleeping on office-building carpet tile. https://t.co/PqF04VngAY — Hank Green (@hankgreen) June 24, 2021

This is a phony room set up to look like a teenager's room, and it has the most Hello Fellow Kids energy I've ever seen https://t.co/vEHUpz6xnI — rachel syme (@rachsyme) June 24, 2021

"NO STUDIO LIGHTING OR CAMERAS IN YOUR BEDROOM UNTIL YOU ARE 18, YOUNG LADY" https://t.co/Wy3Oosachx — Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair (@senatorshoshana) June 24, 2021

Others discovered issues with the tweet that were not limited to a possibly fictitious bedroom.

This framing is extremely troubling: -The War on Drugs has ruined lives; DEA tactics should be viewed with skepticism-False equivalence between vaping/weed use ("Mile 420") and more dangerous drugs-Perpetuates unrealistic stereotypes about drug use-No public health experts quoted https://t.co/kpqjO6xheV — Lauren Caruba (@LaurenCaruba) June 24, 2021

One Twitter user brought to light the true issue at hand.

If your teen is living in a commercial office space, complete with drop-down ceiling and high-traffic carpeting, you have bigger concerns than whether or not he or she is using so much cannabis that they have converted their bedroom into a dispensary, complete with "Mile 420" sign. https://t.co/BDp6tmLFQ2 — Fr. Robert R. Ballecer, SJ (@padresj) June 24, 2021

Hulsey explained to Stardia that the teen's bedroom may appear to be an office because it was one.

“I said that in the liveshot. ‘We are inside DEA headquarters downtown,’” she explained to Stardia, adding that the space set up to look like a bedroom was set up by the group ‘Addiction is Real.’

Hulsey acknowledged that the appearance of a typical teen's bedroom is debatable, but stated that "the purpose of the segment was to bring attention to youth drug use."

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