But You Knew That

This photo of Jason Castro has been circulating the Internets lately, fueling rumors that the 21-year-old American Idol contestant smokes weed. Problem is, there’s no proof the picture isn’t doctored — or that the smoke coming out of his mouth is the product of marijuana. (In fact, Jason is known to go to friends’ houses to play music while the boys sit outside together and smoke cigars.) And if there was evidence of him smoking weed, it would be out by now. Those TMZ staffers are diligent.

But that aside: Who the hell cares? Some people are claiming that he’s a Christian, therefore there’s no way he smokes weed — which is faulty reasoning, as it considers a lack of “sin” the requirement to practice religion. And if this is the worst thing someone can find about him, then so be it. So he may smoke occasionally — the guy is also a truly good soul and has done more charity work in his college career than most do in a lifetime (and no, we’re not talking about Idol Gives Back). Let the man sing — preferably shirtless — and be done with it.

Apr 14, 2008 · posted by Whitney · Link · 34 Responses
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Comments (34)

No. 1 SeriousStyle says:

Everyone smokes pot at some point. I’ve done it a few times. It makes me feel all crazy like though, so I don’t touch the stuff anymore.

And I mean, really…no shit. Have you seen the kid interview? He’s chilled out for a reason.

And singing his version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” tugged at my heartstrings since it was my brother’s wedding song. He could be blazing on stage and I’d still love the kid.

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 9:56 am
No. 2 Nicolyn says:

The Dreaded Man-Wonder can do no wrong in my book. Who cares if he smokes pot?!? People could learn something from his care-free ways and do-good attitude!

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 10:04 am
No. 3 sexyback says:

I hope he smokes pot. That’s why I vote for him every week… We need another Ben Harper-type musician. He can be stoner-singer-songwriter. SSS!

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 11:20 am
No. 4 fuschia deviant says:

He owns my heart. I adore him! Big deal if he smokes…anyone would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t.

BTW, shirtless pic of Jason Castro = Early Christmas present for me! Yay!

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 11:36 am
No. 5 Nicolyn says:

I’m not going to lie, part of the reason I want him to win is that I KNOW he’s a stoner, and it makes me happy that he’s owning that show!

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 11:39 am
No. 6 YerMom says:

Mmm, pot.

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 12:35 pm
No. 7 jujubees says:

A dude with dreadlocks possibly smoking pot? Surely they jest. It would be the least offensive thing other contestants have been caught doing. And I’m not even talking about the gay strip club dancer.

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 2:19 pm
No. 8 Lisa (#1) says:

I, for one, am dissapointed in TMZ. They should have penned an article about how he chases the dragon. They really missed an opportuinty here.

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 2:26 pm
No. 9 stopthemadness says:

of course he smokes weed. and of course he is smoking weed in that picture.

have you ever been sitting around smoking cigarettes with no shirt on and thought “hey, dude. DUUUUUDE! get a picture of me blowing this awesome cigarette smoke out of my nose!”

so yes, it’s weed. or crack. but my crack smoke never looks *that* thick.

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 4:43 pm
No. 10 theTruth says:

Wow, I see some particular Idol’s publicist is very busy on an agressive PR smear campaign to attempt to destroy Jason’s great popularity.

Jason is good Christian kid. He is using his gift from God and spreading love through his music and songs.

Whatever the objectives ..it’s going to be a tough call to try to sway votes to your camp. Jason has the entire country and international community .. yes! Jason is very popular in Canada, south America, part of Asia … they are all supporting him all the way!

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 6:13 pm
No. 11 face says:

hey Josh smokes weed on a da to day basis… and is a homo… and hes a homo so shame

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 6:20 pm
No. 12 Darlene says:

The smoke appears to be too think to be pot smoke (I used to smoke over 25 years ago) also the smoke seems to be coming out his nostrils. I would much sooner believe it’s cigar smoke.

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 6:26 pm
No. 13 Jodi says:

That is cigar smoke. I have seen another pic with him blowing the same billowy clouds - of cigar smoke. Don’t know why someone took a pic - but can’t blame him. Jason is not a stoner - I won’t believe it until he tells me.

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 6:53 pm
No. 14 Laura says:

I do not believe Jason is smoking pot while competing. You can see in the eyes when your pot addicted. Jason’s eyes are clear! You can’t find a negative thing on this kid. This is a smear probably orchestrated by a certain “Stage Dad”!

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 7:51 pm
No. 15 Steph says:

Best guess is cigar smoke…NOT pot. Also, these contestants are watched like hawks during their time at AI…they have “bodyguards” and can’t go anywhere alone. Don’t really thing the bodyguard is going with him to “score” pot in LA…Please!!!! There is NO WAY that Jason is smoking pot while participating on this show. He is in rehearsals up to 15 hours a day and is exhausted…if he seems even more “spacey” it’s because he’s tired!

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 9:31 pm
No. 16 Lisa says:

From what I can tell, it’s cigar smoke - the smoke is very thick. You can tell from the length of his dreads that this from a year or so back while back. He was a college student at the time. It’s already been mentioned in a Texas A&M article that some of his Aggie friends sat around and smoked cigars while he sang for them. So I’m sure Jason smoked some too. Isn’t the legal smoking age about 18 or 19? I don’t think this is pot in this picture. And even if he has smoked it before, who hasn’t at least some time in their life? I know Jason couldn’t be smoking it now during the competition. Jason is a good Christian guy with a good heart. This picture changes nothing for me. Jason is still my favorite and I will continue voting for him each week. I love his music and that is why I vote for him.

Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 10:35 pm
No. 17 amanda says:

this is my favorite picture of jason, EVER.


Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 11:08 pm
No. 18 ohbother says:


Posted: Apr 14, 2008 at 11:09 pm
No. 19 Lynn says:

This picture could have easily been photoshopped by applying white and gray and smudging it with the smudge tool. The extra-thick smoke is all puddled around his face and not permeating through the air. I took a close-up look and it looks photoshopped, especially directly in front of his mouth. I could see the horizontal movement from the smudge tool. Where’s the evidence of what he would be smoking? He’s not even holding anything up in his hand for us to see. Don’t be fooled by this picture.

Posted: Apr 15, 2008 at 7:55 am
No. 20 Lynn says:

In addition to my comment above: Where is the smoke that would be coming from cigar, cigarette, joint, or pipe that he would be holding? There is no other smoke around him.

Posted: Apr 15, 2008 at 8:39 am
No. 21 Cougar says:

This is hott!!!

Like fuschia deviant says: shirtless pic of Jason Castro = Early Christmas present

Posted: Apr 15, 2008 at 10:05 am
No. 22 karen says:

A kid with dreadlocks smoking pot is not news. Nor is it news that a kid that is as spaced out during interviews as he usually is smokes pot. That said, it could EASILY be Photoshopped, or cigar smoke, or whatever. But who cares? He’s really, really good, and if he’s hurting anyone, it’s only himself he’s hurting. If they can let those trashy strippers, male and female, stay on, then he should be allowed to stay.

But sidenote for those of you who said everyone does at some point: No, not everyone does. Get over yourselves.

Posted: Apr 15, 2008 at 10:21 am
No. 23 hmbass85 says:

Even if he is smoking weed as everyone else has said who really cares, but it is obvious that this picture was taken a while back look at his hair it is at least 3-4 inches longer now.

Posted: Apr 15, 2008 at 11:57 am
No. 24 Amarra says:

Big whoop, even if he did do it, if that’s the only dirt on him they could find, so be it. It’s better than being a male stripper for a gay bar or anything like that. Whatever, he’s still a good singer and if the weed helps him, the coolio

Posted: Apr 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm
No. 25 Amarra says:

then coolio*

Posted: Apr 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm
No. 26 whysitacrime says:

So what if he does smoke pot? There shouldn’t be a law against it anyway!!

At a cost of $40 billion a year and 2,000 arrests a day, what exactly do we get back from the federal marijuana prohibition? It obviously doesn’t prevent purchases of the stuff by kids that’s for sure!

If we want to keep it away from kids we have to treat it just like we treat alcohol and tobacco, by licensing honest businessmen and women to sell it and imposing restrictions on its sale to prevent purchases by minors.

This country has to ask itself what it wants, Prohibition or Regulation. You can’t have both!

Posted: Apr 15, 2008 at 6:19 pm
No. 27 Jane says:

that deffinetly doesnt look like Castro is smoking… its photoshop indeed

Posted: Apr 15, 2008 at 7:17 pm
No. 28 Laura says:

His face looks like he’s posing for a photo, not blowing out smoke, Has anyone caught that? And why not? Jason’s star is rising and now, enter, negative publicity. As Jason would say, haha!

Posted: Apr 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm
No. 29 ReelJiggy says:

Whether or not it is photoshopped or not….so what if he smokes? Congrats, Jason,if that is the worst dirt that they can come up with on you. LOVE YOU!!

Posted: Apr 16, 2008 at 3:23 pm
No. 30 7happydays says:

How could his voice sound so good if he smokes anything??? Smoking would harm his voice!

Posted: Apr 17, 2008 at 1:18 am
No. 31 Tawny says:

That is quite possibly the WORST photoshop job I’ve ever seen in my life, and I’ve seen a LOT, all much more convincing than this. For the people that do believe this outrageous insinuation, it’s pretty obvios that you are the ones smoking, not him. He’s getting more and more popular, and nothing but good has been said about him so far, so they had to make up something negative. It’s called a rumor for a reason!

BTW, I don’t appreciate such irrational generalizations as saying that everyone smokes pot at least once in their life. I never have, and I never will. I also know MANY people that haven’t done anything of the sort.

Posted: Apr 18, 2008 at 6:45 pm
No. 32 JAll says:

If it was pot wouldn’t he be INHALING

Posted: Apr 18, 2008 at 11:21 pm
No. 33 jojojojoJO says:

It kinda looks like a ghost penis, haha.
This is Jason Fucking Castro, and he does what he wants and he does it good. I love that kid :]

Posted: Apr 19, 2008 at 12:44 am
No. 34 krystal says:

Okay people. Honestly. You can tell when people smoke pot, the way they look…and I’m not talking about dreads. He obviously is not on pot, at least at the moment…and the way he talks on camera just makes me think that he’s somewhat unsure of himself or about what he is trying to say. That doesn’t mean he’s stoned. I have a horrible time speaking in public, or on camera, but then I can get on stage and be in a play with no worries. Please just give him a break.

Posted: Apr 19, 2008 at 11:01 am
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