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Eating Our Own

November 26, 2012 @ 17:15

Justin Bieber grew up not far from Toronto in the town of Stratford and from what I can gather is a proud Canadian.

If you've taken the time to see his documentary "Never Say Never", which you should, you may have noticed that his bedroom is / was decorated with sports paraphernalia, most notably the Toronto Maple Leafs.

So I can only imagine how the phone call went when Bieber was first approached to perform live at Grey Cup half-time.

It was the 100th Anniversary of the Cup, the Argos were playing and the game was being held not far his home-town. He was probably thrilled and readily accepted, because as a Canadian he wanted to be part of it.

After all, he wasn't doing it for the money. He's arguably the most popular pop artist in the world today and there's absolutely no way Grey Cup organizers and sponsors could come up with the money necessary for him to make the trip to the Rogers Centre for two songs.

He did it for the spirit of it all. I'm convinced of that, and that's why I found it so disappointing when he was booed.

Here we had a national celebration that always involves musical artists and this Canadian kid, who's become an international superstar agreed to be there.

It should have been a highlight. It should have been appreciated. Instead it becomes a boofest by a bunch of lunkheads who really didn't grasp the magnitude of it all.

Some have argued that Beiber wasn't a good fit for the Grey Cup, but I really don't get that. There were kids in the crowd, there was hundreds of thousands of kids watching at home, and speaking from my own perspective, up until yesterday I had never seen the kid perform, so I was actually enlightened to see what its all about.

Not only that, but look at the list of performers who've been part of the Superbowl in recent years.

Beyonce, Madonna, Janet Jackson, P Diddy, N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly, Christine Aguilara, Toni Braxton and Boyz to Men.

Were all of these artists a bad fit? Does football necessarily mean head banging rock, or does a Grey Cup or Superbowl represent a big event that calls for big acts regardless of their genre. I vote for the latter.

I thought bookending Gordon Lightfoot and Justin Beiber was a great idea. The extreme old and the refreshing new of what this country has to offer.

I know its not good practice to stereotype but I can only imagine who the culprits were yesterday. Those who fit into a group that feel they're "supposed" to boo Justin Bieber.

I found the reaction terribly disappointing. You know, for as great as we are, we sure like to eat our own.

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5 Responses to "Eating Our Own"

ryan l
November 26, 2012 / 20:20

Welcome back Fred!
Seems to me that TSN sold the halftime to Universal, who tried to push it's biggest product at the expense of the audience. I'm sure market reaserch showed that the biebs is a big name draw, easy enough to push to the suits who pay no attention to music(Marrianas Trench following Lightfoot?! Jesus). I thought the whole line up for GC 100 was terrible. Johnny Reid to Justin Bieber. Not mainstream enough! Where were the Neil Youngs, the Arkells, the Bryan Adams...hell, go Toronto centric and give Kardinal Official or K-OS a kick to appeal to the kids. And the crowd responded appropriately. The paying fans are always right.

Freddie P.
November 26, 2012 / 20:28

I guess I'm too much of a softy. First of all, the paying customers paid for a football game not a concert and secondly he's an 18 year old kid who could have easily said no. Do you really think Justin Bieber needs to be pushed?
Good god, it was a couple of songs at a half time show by a local kid.. his accomplishments should have been applauded, not booed.
This is attitude is so fucking Canadian it makes me want to puke.

Rick C in Oakville
November 26, 2012 / 23:07

Agree with you on eating our own. Superbowl 1/2 time would welcome him with open arms along with the other pop acts. It was classless that the fans booed when he was introduced. My 18 year old daughter even watched the game knowing he was performing, along with her many friends that she was mega texting with leading up to him singing. Still trying to figure out what Burton Cummings was doing with the National Anthem, maybe trying to personalise it as some American entertainers do with the Star Spangled Banner.
By the way welcome back.

Dave O
November 27, 2012 / 02:16

Booing - Classless. I hate that sort of shit, no matter how much I can (or cannot) appreciate the talent. Takes guts to get up in front of even a couple of dozen, much less thousands of people. However.... how could the CFL really be that surprised by the fan reaction? I get that they wanted the TV audience numbers, but I still can't figure what demographic - that was attending the game - they were trying to reach. Of the 53,000 in the seats, how many were 15 year olds? Let's face it.... you get 40 thousand fans over 30 years old, drinking beer for hour upon hour.... they didn't foresee booing? Really?

Incidentally... great to have your posts back, Fred!

November 27, 2012 / 08:55

I agree on both sides.

First, the kid (not my cup of tea) is the biggest thing on the planet right now and he agreed to perform for FREE! (from what I've read). He should be applauded for that. Plus the CFL needs to start targeting a younger demographic if they have any hope of surviving long-term, so I understand the decision from that point of view.

Secondly, the organizers HAD to have seen this coming. The demographic in that stadium was going to be nowhere near the Bieb's demo. An idiot could have predicted what would happen.

It was a win-lose situation. I guess the organizers are gambling that the win will eventually outweigh the loss.

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