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Lighten up, Quebec

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by DigMe, Feb 13, 2004.

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  1. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I didn't personally see this but please...it's late night...it's Conan O'brien. That's like being offended by something on the Simpson's.

    Link for the story

    Canada Condemns 'Racist' Conan O'Brien TV Show

    By David Ljunggren

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's government on Friday condemned a show by U.S. late-night television host Conan O'Brien that insulted people in French-speaking Quebec and seemed to suggest everyone in the province was homosexual.

    Ottawa and the province of Ontario paid $760,000 to help O'Brien -- who appears on the NBC television network -- bring his show to Toronto for a week to boost the city's profile after a deadly SARS (news - web sites) outbreak last year.

    But the federal government said O'Brien had gone far too far with the show broadcast on Thursday in which he went to Quebec, a province which has had separatist governments for much of the last 20 years and is a delicate political topic in Canada.

    "We want to disassociate ourselves from the comments which were broadcast last night because we do not support them in any way," junior government minister Mauril Belanger told Parliament.

    At one point in the show, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog -- a hand puppet that is a regular on the show -- said to a Quebecer: "You're French, you're obnoxious and you no speekay English." It told another: "I can smell your crotch from here."

    O'Brien's team were also shown replacing street signs in the province with those that read "Quebecqueer Street" and "Rue des Pussies."

    Alexa McDonough, a legislator for the left-leaning New Democrats, described the program as "racist filth" and "utterly vile" and demanded the government seek the return of the C$1 million subsidy.

    "There may be those who would say, 'Isn't this interfering with freedom of expression?' It's not interfering to say we will not publicly fund this kind of vile, vicious hatemongering," McDonough told reporters.

    Belanger did not commit to asking for the money back. No one at NBC was immediately available for comment.

    The complaints over the puppet's comments come on the heels of a similar uproar following criticism of European French-Canadian hockey players on CBC television by the country's best-known sports commentator, Don Cherry.

    The "Late Night" show, which taped in Toronto all this week and featured guests such as Jim Carrey (news) and Mike Myers (news), was broadcast in Canada by CHUM television, which said it regretted any offense that may have been caused.

    "We offer our apology and assurance that it is never our intention to air programing that offends any of our viewers," the station said in a statement.

    Triumph the Insult Comic Dog has landed in trouble before, most famously when it had an altercation with rap singer Eminem (news - web sites) at a music awards show in 2002.

    brad cook
  2. Eh, at least this argument has reason. Quebec is making too much of a deal out of Don Cherry. Come on, they're attacking a Canadian legend. I love Don.
  3. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    In before close. Excelent thread... for me to poop on!
  4. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Hmm...ya think? I don't really see TB people getting really worked up over this. Yah never know though... Our new mod might have an itchy trigger finger. ;)

    brad cook
  5. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA

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