View Full Version : WARNING....this may be controversial....mentions racism

stan v
02-14-2004, 05:58 AM
Remember, you don't have to read this.....I forgot who said that.

Canada Condemns 'Racist' Conan O'Brien TV Show
Fri Feb 13, 3:26 PM ET

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.

Eric Sea Frog
02-14-2004, 07:16 AM
Originally posted by stan v:
"We offer our apology." Accepted once more, considering your capacities.

stan v
02-14-2004, 07:23 AM
Cheese eating monkeys.....


A country's got to know it's limitations (always consider your capacity) :rolleyes:

Allen Foote
02-14-2004, 07:32 AM
LOL...."Those stnking French......they've got a different word for everything!" :D

02-14-2004, 07:33 AM
Triumph isn't exactly what you'd call a touch-feely dog,er, except for the basic needs.

Ian McColgin
02-14-2004, 11:14 AM
Good comedy is often offensive to someone.

Giving offense in itself is not a sign of racism. Using to "joke" to perpetuate oppression is racism. Conan was fine while Earl Butz's three reasons why the majority of blacks won't ever be Republicans was racist and rightly cost him his Secretariat. Robin Williams doing his gay bit is very funny while Howie Carr trying to make gay jokes simply shows his pathetic homophobia.

There's a difference but the difference is not always discernable to the one whose ox has been gored. Or whose crotch has been sniffed.

Dan McCosh
02-14-2004, 11:20 AM
I'll have to reserve judgement until "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" gets done with O'Brian.