At its best New Wave/punk represents a fundamental and age-old Utopian dream: that if you give people the license to be as outrageous as they want in absolutely any fashion they can dream up, they'll be creative about it, and do something good besides. -- Lester Bangs
By now, everyone and their younger brother have either seen
or heard about the infamous and misleading “I Am Canadian”
ad put out by the Molson Piss-Water Company. It’s now time
that the public know the truth.
In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a quick recap: An unassuming average Joe
(named Joe) walks out onto a stage containing nothing but a microphone stand,
and a silver screen that a background film is being run on. He explains to an
unseen audience that he’s not a lumberjack, doesn’t live in an igloo, or eat
blubber and he doesn’t know Mary, Bob, or Suzie, although he’s very sure
they’re very nice people.
At this point he launches into a rant reminiscent of a speed freak that’s just
done their first morning dime bag. He practically foams at the mouth as he
yells about landmass, hockey teams, beavers, and other strange Canadia-type
things, and then proudly proclaims that he’s Canadian. This, in turn, has
gotten most of Canadia whipped up into a frothing frenzy. What our neighbors
to the north apparently don’t realize is that no one thinks of them that way.
This is what people think of Alaskans.
So what is the truth? Fact is, most people see Canadians as being unemployed
cigarette smuggling frogs, who do it doggy-style while watching hockey games,
and have breakfasts consisting of Pepsi & Oreo’s.
But even I have to admit that this is an unfair stereotype. It is fortunate
that a radio station has started a campaign to end these misrepresentations. So
in the spirit of understanding and cooperation, we would like to aid in
spreading of this messsage of goodwill and understanding of our fellow humans
to the North. Please watch this brief movie, and share the news.