Okay, people really wonder why the only reliable weather forecast is the one you get from looking out the window?
Seriously? 18 degrees and Snow? All I can say is …..WTF?
It used to be that the everyone kind of considered the Winnipeg Sun with its Sunshine Girls, Broadbeck and adult advertising before the sports section be the tabloid of the city and the Winnipeg Free Press as the bastion of print journalistic integrity in this town. But more and more it seems like the Freep is gunning for the title of Winnipeg’s shitrag.
Don’t get me started on Gordon Sinclair – I could write post after post about how much of an ego driven idiot he is. Or the fact that the he can’t string together a sentence that would pass grade 2 grammar, yet the newspaper is a huge supporter of Raise-a-reader.
Or the absolute racist filth that passes for a Coleen Simard column. If any non-native wrote what she does and switched the usage of white and aboriginal references, we’d be brought up on hate crime charges.
Or maybe the constant glaring errors and story titles that don’t make any sense. What? do they not have editors?
But this one takes the cake. I wonder if Mo came to the Freep because the Sun was getting too highbrow for her?
Here’s the relevant letter from the link above:
WHAT THE HELL?!?!?!?
I really, really hope that the editing is so bad in the Free Press that they have cut out the relevant information. Because the alternative…..
Well, the alternative is that Ms. L is a blatant Homophobe who is encouraging homophobia, and suggesting that someone sould be discriminated against and should lose their job based on their sexual orientation.
There is nothing, NOTHING. Let me say it again so that it’s clear – NOTHING in the letter to suggest that the man in the letter engaged in anything other than a consensual incident with another man.
Here is the line from the letter:
Here is Ms L’s interpretation:
How the hell do you come to that conclusion?There is nothing to suggest it wasn’t consensual and contrary to what you write, you are indeed suggesting that homosexuals are sexual predators. And you are suggesting that the man should be reported only because of his sexual orientation. Is it even that? From the letter, can you conclude the man is a homosexual? No. Can you conclude he is bi? No. The letter only states that he had an encounter with another man. And what difference does it make? According to you, Ms. L. If you are a man who has had ONE sexual encounter with another man, you’re probably a pedophile.
And aren’t you indeed starting a witch hunt, when you have nothing to back up your assertions?
I thought we as a society were moving past homophobia and discrimination. It seems we have a hell of a lot more work to do.
It also looks like Winnipeg needs to find some decent print media. The more I read the freep, the more I think it’s only good for lining my counter when I clean fish!
I think this post from Slurpees and Murder says it all.
If nothing else – it appears people who live on Jubilee are pretty damn lazy!
So I was thinking about some of the cartoons we watched when we were kids.
Man, if we took to heart what we watched in cartoons when we were growing up we would all be cross burning Klansmen!
I was looking at Yogi Bear in particular. Despite what Nahinni Fontaine or Terry Nelson may have you believe, THIS is the most racist shit ever:
There is no way this would ever fly now.
Why am I pointing this out? well, for a couple of reasons :
a) Part of history is contextualization. So stuff like this is important because it shows us what the prevailing and socially acceptable attitudes were at the time. So when Pat Martin or someone says that Riel needs to be pardoned, yes they are trying to re-write history by taking the action out of the context at the time. Traitor/Hero – whatever our opinion of him now is one thing. But you can’t sanitize history by rewriting the past to meet todays morals or standards. He was convicted at trial leave it at that. Don’t change it because our current opinions have changed. What happens if an ultra nationalist party gets elected in Germany? Is it okay for them to re-write WWII history to make the Nazis look good? leave it alone.
b) Video games / family guy / southpark will not make people into rapists, murderers, etc. Unlike the variety that is available now ( don;t like Family Guy, then what about ben 10? batman? dora? ), these were pretty much all we had back then.
Besides…if I’m a cross burning Klansman, then everybody who grew up in the 5o’s is a wife beater ( Hooneymooners)!