Mexico City, Mexico (TFC) – “El Chapo” Guzman escaped a Mexican prison via a tunnel fit for Shawshank and the world became mesmerized be the Narcos and the Narco lifestyle. The hashtags #NarcoStyle and #NarcoLife have become increasingly popular. El Chapo, by the way, said he would accept a plea deal and extradition to the US, if the government promised to send him to a medium security facility.
The hashtags showcase the lifestyles of the Narcos on America’s southern border. Some of the accounts appear to be linked to people involved in the illegal drug trade, while others appear to be linked to those who aspire to the lifestyle, or at least the glamorous parts of it.
Scarface is a recurring theme in the images, as are other Hollywood creations.
Nails done to honor prominent Narcos.
The #NarcoStyle fad has launched a range of products.
Some of the images carry the same appeal as a U.S. Army recruiting poster. Smuggling: It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.
Then there’s always the lure money. The popularity of the Narcos lifestyle and the never-ending supply of drugs in the United States brings us to an uncomfortable question. Is it really possible to win a war on drugs? Drugs are in higher demand and more available than ever before. The “criminals” behind the product are seen by many as heroes, despite the violence that plagues the border. With many young people seeing the #NarcoLife as a way to obtain the consumer products they’ve been conditioned to want, there seems to be an endless supply of future Narcos on both sides of the border. The money provided by the illicit trade is a powerful motivator.
Without the risk of tangling with law enforcement, the street price of the product drops significantly. Lower profits would certainly reduce the appeal. Less money also reduces the motivation for violence. Could an end to the violence be as simple as legalization?
Is it time for America to rethink its entire stance?