I’m sorry, but …

… I just have to ask. This fellow …

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… has been all over the internet all day. He showed up in Toronto to join an anti-racism demonstration. According to Global News, the “man has been charged after he attended a protest against anti-Black racism in blackface on Saturday … [after he] … showed up to the event at Nathan Phillips Square and was told to leave by demonstrators … [but] … The man claimed he “was not trying to be disruptive” despite his highly-offensive appearance … [and] … He had water thrown on his face before Toronto police officers escorted him away.

I certainly agree that his appearance is designed to be offensive, to be provocative at the very least. Isn’t that what good satire is supposed to be?

Screen Shot 2020-06-06 at 17.05.30But I have to ask: what offence did he commit? I guess it’s against the law to impersonate the prime minister, is it? Maybe he would have been OK if he, like Justin Trudeau, could have afforded a fancy costume when wearing blackface … but, evidently, ridiculing Justin Trudeau is now against the law in Canada.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

2 thoughts on “I’m sorry, but …

  1. Gotta read the whole story – those headline writers don’t always get it all 😉 “… Police initially told Global News he was arrested for breach of the peace and charged, but have since said no charges have been laid and “inquiries continue.” …”

    1. Thanks, Tony. It was just a “breach of the peace” charge when I posted. I’m glad to see cooler heads might be prevailing. I’d like to think this guy is a brilliant satarist; I’m afraid he might be just a sh!t disturber. In any case, well done to the police for defusing a potentially nasty situation.

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