May 11, 2015

Elizabeth May: "Class" remark was "Welcome Back, Kotter" pun "that clearly didn't work"

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"I've said I was sorry from the first interview," Green Party leader Elizabeth May told me when I interviewed her today on Parliament Hill.

"My attempts at humour were completely misplaced and didn't work well," she added.

I asked her if she stood by her comment that convicted terrorist Omar Khadr had more "class" than the Prime Minister's cabinet, and she told me she was trying to make a play on words related to her earlier reference to the 1970s sit-com Welcome Back, Kotter.

May told me she has no further plans to "try to do comedy without help."

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commented 2015-05-11 21:56:26 -0400
She may not be a comedienne, but if she didn’t mean it, she should get an Oscar.
That stony, dagger throwing glare she delivered during her joke was as serious as a heart attack.
commented 2015-05-11 21:22:10 -0400
Humor? Comedy?…Sure sounded like a point of view to me. What an erie silence after she said it. lol
commented 2015-05-11 20:59:08 -0400
And her underachieving supporters state they have never been prouder of their MP. They walk among us annd they can vote
commented 2015-05-11 20:44:31 -0400
Peter Netterville – oh I am sure, too, that her apology was not sincere. She made it because she wants to keep her job. I bet she heard from European Green Party executive who told her, in no uncertain terms, to walk it back. So good little bah bah that she is, she has.
commented 2015-05-11 20:36:12 -0400
I’ve been wondering, who is that lady in the audience who said “That is not cool?” Does anyone know? Also, do we know who in the audience applauded what Liz said?
commented 2015-05-11 20:22:35 -0400
I have never been big on coerced apologies …..what she said was a challenge and by the ancient and time honoured laws of combat she granted the “no class” cabinet the right to give it back in kind…..probably they have too much class to accept the challenge of such an unworthy opponent and unless the unworthy opponent has more to back it up with…by the ancient and time honoured laws of combat the unworthy challenger must wear her own challenge and be subject to laughter derision and scorn.
commented 2015-05-11 20:19:41 -0400
I don’t like her, I don’t support her or her party, but she did apologize and take on the responsibility for her actions. A repeat performance would cause me to be much less lenient. I can think of many stupid things I have done over the years, and I think she will regret this one for a while.
commented 2015-05-11 20:15:04 -0400
Upon rewatching the interview with Brian she actually looks more tired than she did at the podium on Saturday, must be all that mental juggling she had to do with the interviewers today poor thing, she’ll be looking forward to that late night duby
commented 2015-05-11 20:04:18 -0400
Phony as a 3 dollar bill … …if she’s sorry, she’s sorry for herself, not for what she said.
commented 2015-05-11 19:52:49 -0400
Back when I was in the military we did lots of sleep deprivation exercises, what I remember is that you actually look sleep deprived, she didn’t, you’re mords get wixed up , she didn’t your motor skills get all wonky, by the way she was operating her phone, she didn’t, so I don’t know what she is trying to pull here. An apology is hard to do when you actually don’t think you did anything wrong . And Brian you could’ve been a little more tougher on the old hippie.
commented 2015-05-11 19:42:49 -0400
I’m afraid you blew it also brian.The questions were so softball i thought i was watching the cbc. Why not straight up ask her if she admires a terrorist?
commented 2015-05-11 19:40:35 -0400
Joan, I think she does not actually means her apology. She is good at putting on the “face” and pseudo-apologizing, but the reality is that she is not going to change. She is as partisan as the other left wing Conservative/Harper haters.

If a Conservative had done the same thing the main stream media would be riding and flogging this horse for weeks if not months, but since Conservatives are a cut above the MSM and the left …
commented 2015-05-11 19:38:53 -0400
Now that May has explained some of the links in her ‘comedy’ sketch, I guess she expects us to guffaw all over the place. Guffawing isn’t what I feel like doing all over the place. Her performance on stage and her apology are both sickening.
commented 2015-05-11 19:19:46 -0400
“Nor do I think I can be funny without help” My comment to Liz is that’s not the only thing you can’t do without help, ther are countless things that you can’t do without help, especially thinking!
commented 2015-05-11 19:17:36 -0400
Okay, so she apologized. Shows she has not entirely lost her marbles.

But that she thought the concept was funny in any context shows a huge lapse in judgement. It shows she thinks society, including those at the dinner, think it acceptable to joke that a treasonist terror convict is better than all the members of Cabinet.

That judgement shows May has lost touch with reality. Time for her to go to rehab …

… but May will say neigh, neigh, neigh …
commented 2015-05-11 19:14:34 -0400
Apology accepted. now let’s move on.
commented 2015-05-11 19:05:02 -0400
Even with the context of “Welcome Back, Kotter”, to which “class” is she referring? School? Is Khadr now a teacher? Or is he a student? Or is the Cabinet supposed to be made of students? Either way, the pun still doesn’t play… (though that unintended rhyme just may…)
commented 2015-05-11 18:58:11 -0400
cow droppings. if she had any class she would just apologize and say she messed up. do not justify your disrespectful comments by lying about it. total loser.
commented 2015-05-11 18:48:08 -0400
The green party should dump this aging American hippy!