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Crackheadz Gone Wild
The Miami New Times have reported on the publicisation of the lives of crack cocaine users through Headliners Productions' range of Crackheadz Gone Wild DVDs. Crackheadz Gone Wild Miami will be the fifth such film.

Debatable is the motives behind these films:
Producers of the Miami version, who say their aim is to publicize the problem so it can be solved, have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from the commercial release of the New York volumes. And though the company does not stage any of the on-camera antics nor supply drugs, critics say addicts are being exploited. On a recent Fox TV report, drug abuse counselors dubbed the genre "craxploitation."

The guys who run Headliners Productions deny this claim - having previously spent time in prison on drug charges, they now work as counsellors and donate 'a portion' of their profits from the DVDs to an anti-drug counselling centre. They say that:
"We actually talk to [addicts]. We want to find out how they got like that. We're trying to show that everywhere, all these inner cities [have] the same [problems]."

Although the Miami edition isn't out yet, Crackheadz Gone Wild New York is still available through their website and, unlike most hoax websites, there's actually a method to buy them.

(Thanks, Cranky Media Guy.)
Posted by Boo on Tue Aug 08, 2006

New York Metro has an article about the Crackheads Gone Wild video. Apparently it is real. And the guy has sold over 60,000 copies of it so far, at $15 each.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Aug 09, 2006  at  02:10 AM
They were incarcerated on drug charges - they were not addicts.
Posted by Dove  in  New York  on  Thu Aug 17, 2006  at  04:36 AM
You're right, Dove. I'll change that.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Thu Aug 17, 2006  at  06:08 AM
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