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.)