It was easy to scoff at the Toronto Star op-ed published last month advocating the ban of the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto on account of its potential to trigger refugees.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, that column triggered a wave of social justice warrior support for banning the Canadian pastime, including a Change.org petition to Toronto Mayor John Tory, which garnered just over 1,200 signatures.
Now, a Toronto documentary filmmaker is filming reactions of refugees to the air show, which she says will make it easier for Canadians to understand what the challenges from overhead warplanes are to those from war-torn regions.
Maya Bastian lives close to where the air show is hosted and says she doesn’t want the air show banned, just wants a discussion on it.
That’s fair but for so many people, “discussion” couldn’t be further from the goal. Control and ultimatums are.
A Saskatoon, Sask. city councillor learned that when she tried, with pure intentions, to suggest that refugees should have been given a heads-up about fireworks that were set off in the city.
Bizarrely, social justice warriors on Twitter called her insensitive for even daring to ask the question.
Damned if you do and damned if you don’t, they say.
Telling someone that there will be loud bangs and planes flying overhead if you think they’d have an issue with it is common courtesy—veterans with PTSD should be afforded it as well.
Banning things because of how people may react rather than telling them to go elsewhere for the weekend is simply a case of the rights of the majority being squashed.