Monday 11 December 2017

I think Vogue taking mind-altering drugs is just 'sensationalist' - Fr McVerry

Vogue Williams at Electric Picnic
Vogue Williams at Electric Picnic

Eimear Rabbitt

Vogue Williams is raising eyebrows with her latest TV experiment in which will see her she will take hallucinogenic drugs live on camera.

The model and TV presenter is due to start filming a new four-part series – Vogue Williams on the Edge – for RTE 2 in the coming weeks.

Vogue’s previous documentary subjects have pushed the limits and this series promises to  be no different, with the Dubliner’s first show focusing on recreational drugs.

The 30-year-old will take LSD or a similar lawfully-obtained substance under medical supervision for her series.

However, the new series seems set to divide opinion. Drugs campaigner Peter McVerry described the experiment as “madness”.

“I think it’s madness. I don’t see what the point of it is. A lot of those drugs would take hours before they start to have an effect,” Fr McVerry told the Herald.

Fr Peter McVerry
Fr Peter McVerry

The well-known campaigner, who runs the Peter McVerry trust, said he had “no interest” in watching the outcome of the documentary experiment, as the results won’t have any value.

“It’s just sensationalist – I would have no interest in it.  Even if it [LSD] was an addictive drug, you wouldn’t get addicted after only taking it once. 

“I don’t see the point in it at all,” he added.

LSD, also known as acid, is a psychedelic drug known for its psychological  effects that include altered thinking, hallucinations, synaesthesia, an altered sense of time, and spiritual experiences.

The Howth presenter said she was “terrified” about taking the mind-altering substance.

“It’s not something I’ve ever done before,” she said.

“It was never my thing, but we are going to do it for the show as we are looking at addiction – my mother is going to be delighted, I’m sure.”

The other three shows will feature transgender people, trolls on social media, and body dysmorphia, which will highlight gym addicts and over-exercising.

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