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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:53 pm    Post subject: Quebec Arts & Culture - Money Not Well Wasted Reply with quote

Remember during the attempted coup the media was telling everybody that calling the Bloc Quebecois separatists was Quebec bashing. Well read what Quebec comedians have to say about you anglos. I don't suppose the media will be just as outraged and claim that these Quebec comedians are guilty of English bashing. One can dream, no?

Funny – or racist?


From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

January 6, 2009 at 7:46 PM EST

MONTREAL — Radio-Canada's New Year's Eve prime-time variety show known as the Bye Bye has always included satirical sketches bordering on bad taste.

But this year's edition, featuring gags on the assassination of U.S. president-elect Barack Obama, prison rape, a battered wife, black criminality and anglo inbreeding seems to have gone far over the line, even by Quebec's forgiving standards.

The 2008 edition of the public broadcaster's iconic Bye Bye was so bad even one of the comedians responsible for the crude humour says he'll never do the show again.

Tepid weekend reviews of the taxpayer-funded show swelled into a flood of outrage on French-language blogs and online forums.

“I had my dose of human stupidity for the week: Radio-Canada's Bye Bye show has succeeded in making me ashamed of being a French Canadian living in Quebec,” wrote David Pelletier on his blog, Utterly Bored.

Hundreds of other viewers complained in letters to newspapers and calls to radio stations. Radio-Canada reportedly received more than 1,000 letters and phone calls. The CRTC received 28 complaints by Tuesday.

One of the worst sketches featured a fake Quebec television host interviewing a bad impersonator of Mr. Obama.

Shock comedian Jean-François Mercier suggested Americans are happy to have a black in the White House.

“It will be practical. Black on white, it will make it easier to shoot him,” Mr. Mercier said.

The laughs didn't stop there. During the pretend interview, another actor playing TV host Denis Lévesque mistook Mr. Obama for Quebec singer Gregory Charles. He apologizes, saying “all blacks look alike.”

He then suggested the viewing audience might want to hide their purses.

“It's a joke, he can't rob you at home, he's in your television,” the host said. “Of course, he might walk away with it.”

Quebec black community leader Dan Philip said the program was obviously racist, but he was heartened by the reaction of Quebeckers.

Complaints about outrageous speech targeting minorities are often dismissed as oversensitivity in Quebec. Not this time.

“The black community was particularly offended, but Québécois de souche [Québécois with deep roots] are also outraged, sending us e-mails and phone calls of support and offering to help pay for any legal action we may consider,” said Mr. Philip, president of the Black Coalition of Quebec.

Radio-Canada and the show's producers, Véronique Cloutier and her husband, Louis Morissette, declined interview requests but issued statements defending the show.

Radio-Canada said Bye Bye is a “high risk proposition” and bragged about viewership. About 2.7 million Quebeckers watched New Year's Eve and another 1.6 million caught the next-day repeat, compared with the 1.5 million Canadians who watched Air Farce Final Flight: New Year's Eve.

“Radio-Canada recognizes this year's edition contained elements that might not be to everyone's taste,” the network's statement said.

“As a democratic institution, Radio-Canada maintains the principle of respecting the freedom of [its] creators.”

Mr. Morissette and Ms. Cloutier, who recently appeared in Royal Canadian Mint ads, denied any racism in the sketches, saying the gags were meant to highlight the stupidity of the buffoonish characters. They also said it's impossible to create satire for all tastes.

A sketch featuring NDP Leader Jack Layton, Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe and former Liberal leader Stéphane Dion in bed together would have been familiar to Air Farce fans, but similarities between the English and French New Year's Eve offerings ended there.

A dozen Quebec celebrities were targeted by low, personal blows. But anglos outside Quebec weren't spared, either.

In his nasty news commentary, Mr. Mercier attacked Canadians who voted for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“Don't give up, my inbred gang from English Canada, continue to re-elect your lobotomy on two feet, Stephen Harper,” Mr. Mercier said.

“In a couple years, when your frigid wife no longer has the right to vote and it's legal to beat your children for smoking pot, you'll be knocking on Quebec's door saying, ‘Harper has passed a law to cook all of our immigrants and now we have no convenience stores. Can we come to Quebec?'

Mr. Mercier also trashed Toronto and Winnipeg and Canada's other “boring damned cities,” where the bars close at 4 p.m. and the women won't sleep with you before marriage. “Nor afterward,” he added.

Mr. Mercier, who says he's had death threats since the show aired, now admits his club act was a poor fit for a prime-time variety show. For the $6,000 he was paid, he said he'd be better off booking more standup.

I'm sure the Canadian Human Rights Commissions will be all over this one.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is not Rick Mercier is it?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. Mercier said.

“In a couple years, when your frigid wife no longer has the right to vote and it's legal to beat your children for smoking pot, you'll be knocking on Quebec's door saying, ‘Harper has passed a law to cook all of our immigrants and now we have no convenience stores. Can we come to Quebec?'

Hell even when I worked there I made sure I left every night.

If Canada had piles Quebec is where they would be. Although it seems like they have some already.
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