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That Time Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Got Busted With Weed In Disneyland

If we’ve learned one thing over the years, Mickey Mouse isn’t down with marijuana.

There’s something about the combination of marijuana and Disneyland that celebrities just love. Just a couple months ago, Robert Downey Jr. confessed to getting busted for smoking weed on a Disneyland gondola. Andrew Garfield had a story, too: While he and Emma Stone were still dating, they ate weed brownies and went to Disneyland, where Garfield freaked out on the “It’s A Small World” ride.

For those celebrities, combining marijuana and Disneyland was just a funny anecdote. But that wasn’t the case for Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon back in the 1970s. The rock singer was smoking a joint with a friend on the pirate-themed Tom Sawyer Island attraction. Soon, cops caught a whiff of weed and tracked them down.

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“They took us underground,” Gordon told The Guardian. Soon, the singer and her friend found themselves in a netherworld with a “Mickey Mouse with a walkie-talkie.” To make matters creepier, security officers were asking her strange questions like: “Does your mother know you’re not wearing a bra?”

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Gordon was kept overnight by Disneyland security. She was taking a political science class at the time, and idea began swirling about what it meant that she could be jailed by Disneyland for smoking a joint.

“I was writing this paper in my head about Disneyland and how fascist it was,” Gordon told The Guardian. “It confirmed my beliefs about American consumerism.” Those beliefs haven’t changed. “Consumerism is killing us,” she added.

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Earlier this year, the Disneyland in Florida arrested a 69-year-old Grandma for carrying a CBD oil prescribed by her North Carolina doctor. So maybe we shouldn’t be that surprised by Gordon’s story. Despite what you might’ve seen on South Park, Mickey Mouse isn’t down with weed.

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