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Television's Punching Bags
December 28, 2009 @ 10:15
There were a couple of commercials over Christmas that really pissed me off. I assume one has stopped running, while the other continues to make me shake my head at the hypocrisy and double standard.
The first one is that Honda commercial. There are a man and a woman standing at their front window watching another couple in their driveway across the street. The woman inside has what appears to be a food processor in her arms.
The couple across the street is celebrating the gift of a car that the man has given the woman.
The commercial ends with the woman inside showing obvious disgust with her husband that he didn't deliver a gift of the same magnitude, so she takes the food processor, rams it into his ribs and stomps away.
The is wrong on so many levels. The physical abuse, the dominance and the humiliation not to mention the fact that maybe the poor bastard can't afford to give his wife a car.
I realize that we've come a long way, and historically men have dominated women and there was a time that a man could freely and confidently put "his woman" in her place unchallenged, but is that any excuse for what we're seeing on television today?
If men aren't being portrayed as king sized goobers, they're being physically abused by women.
Don't get me wrong, if the hypocrisy angle wasn't there, I wouldn't give a shit, but we're constantly reminded of physical abuse against women so I find it kind of weird that advertisers and pea brained copy writers have taken the recent route they have.
It's like the term reverse racism. There is no such thing as reverse racism. The term reverse racism makes it sound like only white people are guilty of racism, and anything else is simply their racism being turned around, or reversed.
That's crap. Racism is racism.
Same with physical abuse, whether it's a man or a women being abused by a husband or wife makes it equally wrong. At least it should in our new frontier of political correctness. Why is it OK for men to take a pounding on TV today?
The second commercial that pisses me off has a double helping of hypocrisy. It's the Scotiabank commercial that features Cassie Campbell and Jerome Iginla.
This commercial ends with Cassie taking a full tilt run at Iginla and knocking him out of the picture. No problem they're both hockey players right?
Wrong. They would never dream of making this commercial with the roles reversed. There's no way anyone would allow that commercial to end with Iginla plowing into Campbell.
And what adds another layer to this for me, is Cassie. Several years ago, Humble and I were doing a remote at the Eaton Centre and Campbell was one of our guests. Before she got there, Howard and I mentioned that not only was she a great hockey player, she was also very good looking.
Apparently the feminist, judge me for what I am not what I look like Cassie Campbell was offended and told her handlers that she never wanted to be part of our show again.
So I find it amusing, and hypocritical that Cassie would take part in a commercial that displays a woman abusing a man. Remember, they aren't on the ice when this takes place; they're in a Scotiabank branch.
And I won't even talk about Campbell's less than competent performance of Hockey Night in Canada. The only reason she survives is because she's a woman and I'm sure she knows it, which again makes me wonder about her hypocritical side.
I think she'd prefer to be judged on performance not gender. But hey, there's no money in that.
December 28, 2009 @ 10:14
I found Saturday's World Junior hockey game a tad on the embarrassing side. There is no glory in Team Canada pounding an opponent 16-0.
I don't blame our players or coaches for this. If you're going to play a game, you have to play a game, and if the opportunity to score a goal in a tournament that uses goal differential presents itself, you've got to put the biscuit in the basket.
I blame the organizers. I can't help but feel the World Junior Hockey Championship is like the cart before the horse.
They want to hold a tournament but there's no use holding it with less than eight teams, so they go out and recruit teams not because they're competitive or worthy, but simply because it allows them to complete the field and create more games to which they can charge admission.
Latvia does not belong in the tournament, and including them does nothing but make Team Canada look ruthless and expose the depth of hockey world wide.
This tournament is designed for two countries now, Canada and the United States. They've pretty well given up on holding it in Europe because nobody comes, so now Canada hosts it more than it should, and next years tournament will be played in Buffalo which really means Southern Ontario.
The best way to sell tickets is to have Canada play the United States in the final and I think even the Czechs and Russians have caught on because they don't seem to put the same effort into preparing teams as they used to.
It's hard to detect through all our patriotism and pride, but the tournament is slowly becoming a farce.
Which brings me to another point - are you ready for it - Women's hockey should be eliminated from the Olympics. It serves no purpose what so ever.
Don't get me wrong, when Canada inevitably plays the United States in the gold medal game I get as revved up as the next guy, but holding this tournament for two teams is absolutely pointless.
They invite Sweden and Russia and Finland and China to make it look like there's a reason for it all, but there isn't. It's a colossal waste of time that in the end makes the only two competitive combatants look rather silly.
This sport needs several more years of development to make it Olympic worthy.
Needless to say, in many corners I will considered a big turd for saying this, and I'm sure the feminist fringe would yell and scream at such a move, but come on, there's got to be a better use of effort, ice time and talent than a two team hockey tournament.
Of course ending it would never happen. Look at what happened with the world's three or four female ski jumpers a few weeks ago.
They went straight to the Supreme Court of Canada to force their way into the Vancouver Olympics, not because it made sense, but because they're women and they wanted to be there.
Forget that there aren't enough qualified women to make it a competition, or that this sport generally is still in its infancy or that there are IOC standards clearly in place, the women ski jumpers used human rights as their spring board and created quite a stir.
In the end they were logically denied, but it was enough of a shit storm that the very suggestion of eliminating women's hockey would make organizers run for the Rockies.
December 27, 2009 @ 13:32
Things Go Boom For Humble And Maie
December 24, 2009 @ 12:40
I spoke with a very excited Humble Howard yesterday. His will be the first voice heard on the new Boom 97.3, and he's pumped.
Howard fully appreciated EZ Rock and the opportunity it gave him, but it's no secret that he was somewhat misplaced on that station. The new Boom 97.3 will be more in-line with the type of radio he has done and likes to do.
Although it will not be CFNY re-visited, Boom 97.3 will flirt with it a bit, while playing other hits from the 60's, 70's and 80's. 97.3 will move from a soccer mom station, to a cool mom station. It will still have an eye to a female audience, but will be much more palatable to men.
It will not pretend it's an old time AM station on the FM band; instead it will feature timeless music and relevant talk.
It's interesting that a few weeks ago Maie Pauts was named as the new mid-day host, and I thought it odd that she wouldn't be starting until the New Year. Now it makes sense.
Hiring Maie, arguably the top female talent in Toronto, to do mid-days on this station gives you an idea of where it's going.
EZ Rock 97.3 will officially become Boom 97.3 on Boxing Day, and then Humble becomes the first jock to open a microphone on January 4th.
He will do mornings with the sweet and wonderful Colleen Rushholme, and to answer the flood of e-mails I've received over the past several hours, no, I will not be part of it.
I'll still be givin' er and lovin' it in Peterpatch.
Good luck Howard, and Maie and Colleen and KJ and good guy Andy Wilson and everyone else involved. It sounds like a fun project, but more importantly, it's made several people very happy.
Today With Craig And Matt
December 24, 2009 @ 09:40
December 24, 2009 @ 09:03
Category: Fun Stuff
Hey Jeremiah, F-You!
December 22, 2009 @ 16:35
From the Toronto Star - A man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday for his role in a gunfight that killed 15-year-old Jane Creba obviously made some "terrible decisions" four years ago, his lawyer says.
But by entering a plea a month before jury selection was to begin, Jeremiah Valentine, 27, has "stepped up to the plate," Edward Sapiano told Ontario Superior Court.
"He has expressed to me that he wishes he could turn back the hands of time," Sapiano told Justice John McMahon. The plea "speaks volumes about his remorse and while had can never make amends, he's given all he has left -- a guilty plea."
In light of his plea, which has "given the people of Toronto certainty," Sapiano requested Valentine become eligible for parole after 12 years."
Question: How many ways can you say "fuck you"
Neighbour John Update
December 22, 2009 @ 16:30
John with his nifty new tailgate barbeque at the Bills game on Sunday.
Category: Neighbour John
Today With Bruce Barker
December 22, 2009 @ 08:50
Turkeys and booze.
December 22, 2009 @ 08:49
The Canadian Press reports that President Obama "left the climate summit in Copenhagen early to get home before Washington was pounded by a record-breaking snowfall that dumped 60 centimetres of snowthroughout the region." The Examiner reported two days ago concerning the Copenhagen climate summit that "Leading up to the event, much of the United States was plunged into a deep freeze. Snow fell in Houston, Denver experienced temperatures 30 degrees below normal and 370 new record low temperatures were set or tied in a three day span across the United States. Not even the summit itself has been immune to the effect as a major snowstorm struck Copenhagen yesterday and temperatures plummeted. President Obama landed at the summit today amid snow falling. Denmark's Meteorological Institute said that the nation may have its first white Christmas in 14 years."