Ok, so time to venture out of my own head. I may be a tad cranky so I think a good ole fashioned rant is in order. Kudos if you make it to the end!
When did it become socially acceptable to ridicule Canadians? On American TV we are mocked and demeaned. How I Met your Mother is one of the worst offenders. In movies we are always presented as overly polite morons who live in igloos. I hear daily the Bieber, Nickleback, Celine gripes. Why is One Direction ok but Justin Bieber is the anti-Christ? Why is Green Day to be revered but people threaten to boycott events if Nickleback shows up? Why is Whitney Houston considered a great talent but Celine is mocked endlessly? Am I being sensitive here? I know these people have huge followings worldwide but the jokes seem to be a little more direct when it is one of ours here in the Great White North. I mean if you aren’t a pre-teen to teen then fainting at the sight of the Biebs is a tad creepy but no matter your age give the kid some credit. He has had the courage to get up and do what very few people could and at a very young age. Mocking his baby face, which he has no control over, and ignoring his obvious talent is ridiculous. The nay sayers have to admit, the kid has joie de vivre. He can dance, play drums and carry a tune. Plus the kid has charisma by the boat load.
Nickleback, well sure, their music may not be for everyone and Krueger’s hair is ……interesting. His voice has a distinctive rasp that not everyone may love but do they deserve the intense ire they have received? I have seen other artists in interviews mocking and tearing them down. These guys play their own instruments and in this day and age that is saying something. They write their own songs and its music people relate too. Even if they aren’t your cup o’tea at least give them the nod for doing it and passing over the auto tune.
Don’t even get me started on the talent of Ms. Dion. Like her music or not the power of her voice is undeniable.
Canadians are educated and intelligent. Not dogsled driving, beer swigging hicks who say “eh” and “aboot”. No lie, I actually had an argument with a man from New York who kept telling me we say “aboot”. Even though I repeated “about” multiple times the belief was so ingrained he refused to hear it and in the most condescending manner mocked my Canadian accent. Did I mention he was from Brooklyn.
We Canadians do not all speak French, hunt moose and ride snowmobiles to work. When I was 16 I worked at a convenience store/ gas station on a local highway. One warm June day a car load of Americans pulled up with skis strapped their car. Confused they piled into the store and asked me -I kid you not- how far until they reached the snow. Ah, to have the wit of today back then…….
I just stared dumbfounded in my jean shorts and t-shirt. What do they teach about Canada in their schools? Anything? Is it taught that a Canadian brought the world insulin, pablum and other medical marvels? Does the world know they have us to thank for basketball and lacrosse?
Is it even remembered that in every conflict Canada was involved in we played the role of peacekeeper and while war is not my favourite topic to discuss I am proud of what our men and women in uniform have accomplished.
Maybe we Canuks do not toot our own horns enough so let’s do a little role call. Abbreviated of course because there is just way too much awesomeness that has come out of Canada.
Here are a few Canadians that have left their mark on society in one form or another. I may have dumbed it down a little here.
Michael J Fox.
The Trajically Hip.
The Barenaked Ladies
These are just the ones you may have heard of and a sampling of even that. For a list of the deeper contributions to our world look here:
So the next time you here a crack about Canadians remember this, we are here and we are kicking ass……politely of course.