Mexico’s anti-drug ad featuring Philly addicts shows US is the new “cautionary tale,” critics say

A controversial Mexican anti-drug ad shows the United States has essentially become a cautionary tale on the drug smuggling and addiction crisis — a distinction that used to be difficult for other countries, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld suggested on Tuesday.

A Mexican ad warning of the dangers of drug addiction featured scenes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — home of Republican surgeon Dr. Neighborhood Mehmet Oz, which has been dubbed the world’s “largest open-air drug market” in recent weeks.

In “The Five,” Gutfeld noted that Americans should be the ones pointing out how “bad” Philadelphia is, not the Mexican government.

“It says something now that our country is a cautionary tale,” he said. “I see no way out until we have legal alternatives for our own oblivion.”

Scenes from Kensington — a long-troubled Philadelphia neighborhood — were featured in the ad, which the AP said was “proudly presented” to the Mexican public by the Lopez Obrador government in Mexico City.

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Gutfeld said there’s another aspect of video advertising that’s worth noting — reports from people upset that they didn’t give their consent to be filmed.

“And I’m thinking, sorry, did that drug-addicted zombie get your approval when he defecated in front of a packed school bus?” he asked. “I think that goes out the window when their stuff goes out of their bodies on a sidewalk.”

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Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, June 20, 2022.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, June 20, 2022.
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Officials in Philadelphia, who voted heavily for Democrats in the midterm elections, have the power to change course if they wish, added “Five” co-host Katie Pavlich.

“You see the Mexican side of the border isn’t doing anything about it,” she said. “And the leaders of Philadelphia and other cities in America have the power to change things and they refuse.”

Pavlich added it was “embarrassing” that a country like Mexico, known for its problems with drug trafficking and cartels, could run an anti-drug advertisement that focuses on the issue

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In response to the ad, Democratic Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney complained that it was “hard to see how our city’s people and neighborhoods are being portrayed in a limited and negative light.”

“No neighborhood or person should be defined by this tragic and widespread crisis,” Kenney said.

Meanwhile, the city’s prosecutor-elect, Democratic District Attorney Larry Krasner, witnessed the first step in an impeachment trial Tuesday — in response to claims his leadership has fueled the city’s crime tide.

A committee led by State Assemblyman Rob Kauffman, R-Chambersburg, voted 14 to 8 to move forward with impeachment proceedings.

Krasner responded by saying the GOP “proved once again that they have no desire to govern responsibly,” while pointing to the party’s losses in the midterm elections as evidence that Pennsylvanian public opinion was not showing be her side.

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