Cory Monteith's Sad Death Prompts Poorly Timed Recovery "Scholarship" from OC Rehab

Categories: Bat Shit Nuts, TV

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We in the journo racket are used to companies immediately seizing upon something in the news to twist into a press release on their supposedly related goods and services, but Morningside Recovery is taking the phenomenon to ghoulish new heights (depths?). The Newport Beach drug rehab that Lindsay Lohan famously blew off in May for Betty Ford has announced a substance abuse treatment scholarship for performing artists "to honor the memory of performers like Cory Monteith."

Monteith, of course, is the Glee co-star found dead in a Vancouver hotel Sunday from a heroin and alcohol overdose. He'd struggled with substance abuse for years.

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"To honor the memory of performers like Cory Monteith who have struggled or lost their lives to substance abuse, Morningside Recovery seeks to impart a constructive benefit for members of the national performance arts community through the creation of this Performing Arts Scholarship, which will provide a full course of substance abuse treatment for one member of the performing arts community each year at no charge," reads the release dated Wednesday.

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"People in such a high pressure profession are under constant scrutiny and tend to develop issues with depression and anxiety, and, sadly, they abuse substances as a coping skill," explains Morningside Recovery's primary therapist Karen Alonso in the announcement, which adds that many performers do not have the means to afford in-depth, professional treatment for addictions and substance abuse.

Don't get me wrong: it sounds like a worthy thing to do. And Lido Marina-based Morningside, which has been battered by neighbors, City Hall and state regulators for years, could surely use positive press.

But by announcing this scholarship before the troubled man's body has been laid to rest comes off as inappropriately self-serving and gross as Westboro Baptist Church blaring out that it will picket the Glee cast member's funeral.

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Billybob81
Billybob81

So rather than just lamenting the loss of Cory Monteith, Morningisde decides to do something positive and help someone so that perhaps they won't end the same way for free, and you're slamming them?

Allow me to ask, is it lawful to do a good deed on the Sabbath, or would you slam that too?

Tommyray
Tommyray like.author.displayName 1 Like

We all know the problems morningside has had but they really missed the point,

Cory's death was eminent the day he arrived in Vancouver where his addiction started, the seven block area is ground zero for the china white heroin, safe injection sites where you can buy and inject on site,

He commented when asked a week before, everything is going great"

Maybe someone from morningside understands that he had little chance without the right ppl. with him.

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