Tourists Are Filming Themselves Snorting Coke Off Pablo Escobar’s Grave
There are certain holy sites around the world that people flock to to pay their respects - the Kaaba inside the Great Mosque of Mecca for Muslims, the Western Wall in Jerusalem for Jews, Lourdes for Christians... you get the picture.
But it appears that Pablo Escobar's grave site in Colombia is becoming a bit of a site for cocaine pilgrimages.
Videos have been posted to social media showing people making their way to Itagui where the coke kingpin is buried, pouring out some of the white powder that Escobar was known for producing and exporting, and snorting a line.
Some even bring flowers or cards to leave at his gravesite.
But while some might chalk that up as ultimate banter, there are others on social media who are pissed off.
Critics argue that it's straight-up disrespectful, with some saying that Escobar would probably actually prefer fans to be sipping whisky or smoking a spliff because that's what he preferred to indulge in when he was alive.
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According to author Mark Bowden, who wrote Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw, Escobar was actually 'stoned a lot'.
Speaking to Salon, Mark said: "I think [Escobar] believed he functioned better when he was stoned. It was a way of being hip, cool, a way of separating himself from standard establishment figures. He saw himself as a countercultural figure, his criminality was all part and parcel of that."
Despite amassing a cocaine empire worth around £23 billion, Escobar tried to warn his son, Sebastian Marroquin, not to touch drugs.
Sebastian told the Mirror: "He warned me about drugs from an early age.
"I was eight when he laid out all the types of available drugs on a table in front of me and sat me by his side and told me everything about them - what they were called, what effects they had, what they looked like.
"When I was nine he took me to one of his cocaine factories. He wanted me to be very clear of the dangers of drugs, impressing on to me that he who doesn't try them is the brave one."
It'd be interesting to know what Escobar would think of people making the pilgrimage to his grave site and racking up a few lines in his honour - unfortunately we'll never know.
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