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'Carpool Karaoke' Show? Nope, Not Even Funny

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James Corden's popular show "Carpool Karaoke" features Corden driving around with celebrities singing songs. When I first watched it, I enjoyed seeing Adele, buckled up and belting out her songs. A few days ago, he picked up Gwen Stefani—then George Clooney and Julia Roberts—to make the coolest carpool ever. The video, like a bunch of other "Carpool Karaoke" segments, went viral. I, too, clicked. I was delighted and immediately sucked in.

Until I noticed how the magic was being made. Corden frequently looked over at the camera. He also took his hands off the wheel. Suddenly, I disliked the show.

The show, in all it's driving and singing fun, promotes distracted driving. Period.

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Sure, it's funny and cool. But it's also got no qualms with making a show—while driving. I Googled "James Corden safe driving," and some interesting articles popped up.

All of the other facts, driving in a convo, driving slowly and the cameras being small are not something much of the public knows about. They know that Corden has a hit show he's made while driving.

The show's producer, Ben Winston, had this to say:

"Corden really is driving the car, but 'first of all, we don't take routes that are difficult,' explains Winston, adding that Corden is far from alone on the road. 'He's also got two of our cars ahead of him, and three cars behind him—essentially, a convoy.'"

Winston said that Corden is not driving fast. "He's moving at under 20 miles an hour, and we don't let any other cars around him."

Winston told Vulture that the cameras are tiny. "They're about the size of your knuckle, and they're [stuck on] the windshield. So it doesn't really distract his view. That's how we do it."

Nope, not buying it. So the carpooling singers don't take routes that are difficult? Pedestrians are everywhere, that's an idiotic statement. All of the other facts, driving in a convo, driving slowly and the cameras being small are not something much of the public knows about. They know that Corden has a hit show he's made while driving.

Leaders scolded him for repeatedly taking his hands off the wheel and also for using his cell phone while driving.

Which encourages other people to make videos while driving.

As a mom and a road safety advocate, I'm tired of the complacency towards car crashes. They are the No. 1 killer of kids in the U.S. Julia Roberts is a mom, so is Gwen Stefani. I'm sure they would not promote wildly and blindly pointing a gun around. And yet, they're gladly (unwittingly?) promoting unsafe driving practices.

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I came across another article that says James Corden was warned about his driving on "The Late Show" from his CBS bosses. Leaders scolded him for repeatedly taking his hands off the wheel and also for using his cell phone while driving.

The biggest threat to teenagers' lives ending is car crashes. In the last few years, there's been growing awareness of the dangers of texting and driving. Creating videos while behind the wheel is just as bad. We need to re-think the attitude we have when it comes to safe driving, tech and what we consider great entertainment.

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