The Project‘s Steve Price has been criticised by viewers for what some have called an “ignorant” and “judgemental” interview with one of the organisers behind a pill testing trial which took place at the Canberra leg of Groovin The Moo festival on Sunday.
Speaking with STA-SAFE member Matt Noffs during an interview on The Project on Monday night, Steve Price criticised Noffs’ views and accused police of “ignoring the law” by agreeing to not enter the pill testing area at Groovin The Moo.
“I’d hardly call police ignoring drug use ‘enlightened’… but if that’s what you want to stick with, fine,” Price said.
When Noffs responded by saying Price’s generation was “smoking dope” and younger generations have now turned to ecstasy, Price said, “We have laws that say these drugs are illegal. We can’t just have the police going around ignoring the law.”
The interview started getting heated though, when Price asked how many festival-goers decided not to take their “clean” drugs after having them tested.
“Sorry Steve, I don’t know what kind of ‘clean’ drugs you’re taking, but I’ve never found a ‘clean’ illicit drug on the black market,” Noffs said.
Price said Noffs comment was “ridiculous”, telling him, “You know I’m not taking any drugs.”
“You do take drugs, Steve,” Noffs replied.
“You might enjoy a beer, but that’s sold over the counter and you’ve got some sort of quality control around it.”
Price went on to say that his children “don’t take drugs”, and said he has never tried drugs himself.
Noffs then accused him of being a “liar”, but it’s Price’s comments which have been criticised by some viewers:
Hands up if your parents are like Steve Price on @theprojecttv and they think you’ve never taken drugs in your life? 🙋🏽♀️
— MGH (@MichelleGHunder) April 30, 2018
Steve Price!!! Out of touch much!!? Ffs, get with the times. The most judgemental interview I’ve seen! No one gives a fuck about your personal opinion or what your kids do!! Pleaaaaase use the right jurnos for the right guests!! That was embarrassing!! #TheProjectTV
— Cdoozzy (@Misscarladevine) April 30, 2018
Matt Noffs just shout down the old curmudgeon Steve Price with some facts about drug testing pills so effectively I could watch it over and over. 👏🏼#TheProjectTV
— Antfarmer (@antfarmer) April 30, 2018
@theprojecttv I am the mother of two young adults and I could not be more disgusted with Steve Price’s arrogant, know it all, opinion on the testing of illicit drugs. Never tried drugs yet he’s an advocate for not allowing the testing – ignorant, out-dated opinion! Get him off!!!
— Mashup (@Michg66) April 30, 2018
You can watch Matt Noffs’ full interview on The Project right here.
Groovin The Moo continues in Bendigo, Townsville and Bunbury this weekend.