Radio-Canada has managed to trigger snowflakes on the internet with their year end special.
An end-of-year parody show by Radio-Canada that parodied this year’s Canadian news stories has been accused of racism and xenophobia for mocking Justin Trudeau’s trip to India.
In the skit, the Prime Minister is depicted taking a puff of a joint and dozing off into a dream that’s presented as a Bollywood dance sequence.
Radio-Canada is Canadian crown corporation and subsidiary of CBC which receives federal funding.
One Facebook user called the video “the most disgusting video of all time”.
Another user, Ina Roy, apparently associated with the company “Bollywood Blast” said the video was “cultural appropriation at its finest.”
The video plays up certain Indian religious and cultural stereotypes. In one sequence, “Justin Trudeau” dons several costumes of different stereotypes such as Canadian, Mexican and Arab.
Radio-Canada responded to the comments on Facebook, standing by their decision to air the skit.
“Bye Bye 2018 is meant to skewer various newsworthy events, and is definitely not supposed — nor has it ever claimed to be — an accurate or authentic reflection of anything, or anyone. It is a caricature and humorous, and should be perceived as such,” said Radio-Canada.
Several public figures have commented on the video, including Derek Fildebrandt, the leader of the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta.
This isn’t offensive to anyone with a sense of humour. The faux-outrage is to deflect criticism from PM Trudeau’s Zoolander performance in India. If I had a nickel for every German joke, I could balance the budget. https://t.co/K4Jc6MJqE2 #ableg #cdnpoli— Derek Fildebrandt (@Dfildebrandt) January 4, 2019
It seems many Canadians today can’t tell the difference between well-intentioned parody and racism.
No matter the culture, people should be able to laugh at themselves.