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Joke about "drunk Indians" offends Navajo Nation

We tend to stay away from stories about celebrities behaving badly. Many of those stories fall in the category of "what were you thinking?" and do not give our readers useful information about drunk driving in Arizona. However, they occasionally provide readers with unique insight into how the law is applied indiscriminately across all citizens.

Nevertheless, an offhand joke from the hit T.V. series "Mike and Molly" is making headlines about how a certain sect of Arizonians has a propensity to drive drunk. ABC News reports that the Navajo Nation is furious about the joke, as is calling for CBS to issue an apology.

When Mike (played by Billy Gardell on the show) suggested to his mother that she move to Arizona, she said "Arizona? Why would I move to Arizona? It's nothing but a furnace full of drunk Indians."

A spokesperson for the Navajo Nation said that the joke was derogatory, offensive and deplorable. Since alcoholism is a continuing and crippling issue on Indian reservations, she explained that the joke was in very bad taste.

While Arizona's drunk driving laws are created to deter people from making bad decisions regarding alcohol, many attorneys understand the struggles that some people have with alcohol. Because of this, it is prudent to consult an attorney when charged with a DUI (first time or otherwise). A skilled lawyer can help a charged driver understand his or her legal rights, and recommend different courses to deal with a substance abuse problem that can help in avoiding jail time.

More importantly, an attorney can help authorities move past stereotypes that can lead to improper charges and views of the accused.

In the meantime, CBS has not been in contact with the Navajo Nation to issue an apology.

Source: ABC News.com, 'Mike & Molly' joke angers Navajo Nation, March 4, 2013

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