May 15, 2017

Canadian liberals turn on each other over “cultural appropriation”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

So a sensitive liberal author, Hal Niedzviecki, wrote an opinion article in a sensitive liberal magazine — except he said something he shouldn’t, about "cultural appropriation":

“Anyone, anywhere, should be encouraged to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities.”

Then he proposed an "Appropriation Prize" in literature. (Note: this was in an issue of the magazine featuring Aboriginal writers, not some neo-Nazi hate rag.)

Almost immediately, he was pushed out as the magazine’s editor, because the article, "offended and hurt readers, contributors to the magazine and members of the editorial board.”

In response, Ken Whyte, veteran Canadian magazine editor, ran with Niedzviecki’s idea. He tweeted:

“I will donate $500 to the founding of the appropriation prize if someone else wants to organize.”

Andrew Coyne ponied up some money. Alison Uncles, editor in chief of Maclean’s, did too. So did Scott Feschuk of Maclean’s, Steve Maich, senior vice president at Rogers, and Steve Ladurantaye, managing editor of the CBC.

Then Jonathan Kay, editor of the obscure Walrus magazine, wrote in the National Post:

“Cultural appropriation should be debated. Too bad Canada’s Writers Union instead chose to debase itself”.

I agree. But before nightfall, Kay had been “resigned” from his editor’s position. Steve Maich and Steve Ladurantaye had to write grovelling apologies.

By the way: All of these people are liberals, or think they are. They’re do-gooders, or think they are.

But this time, that wasn’t enough.

And the rage here, the vicious attacks, the speed of it, was shocking.

There’s a moral to this story, and guess what? It involves Justin Trudeau…

NEXT: The Rebel's own Barbara Kay (who also happens to be Jonathan’s mom) joins me to talk about the parallels between the Chinese “Cultural Revolution” and the “group shaming” that happened within Canada’s Media Party over the weekend.

She says the sad part is that so many on the left have lost their sense of humour.

(And I point out that Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was written by a white woman, actually converted many American to the cause of slavery abolition.)

THEN: Erielle Davidson of the Hoover Institution think-tank and I talk about the winner of the Miss USA pageant.

She's being criticized for deviating from the liberal party line on "affordable health care" — and more controversially, on feminism.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!


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commented 2017-05-16 13:01:34 -0400
- I’ll stop appropriating other cultures when they stop appropriating mine –

- Feminism has gone so far overboard (along with political correctness) that it’s become a sick joke. Expect more to leave it behind in the future.
commented 2017-05-16 11:53:11 -0400
An Irish, French, English, Chinese, African and so on family experience life, food, celebration differently than my family. To deprive ourselves of appropriating good ideas and ways of being will leave a barren and sad existence. The Leftists contradict themselves at every new idiocy they come up with. Journalists have taken the first kick. I learned, finally, how to make proper rice from a Persian lady, essentially, appropriated her technique. Now I make good rice, that is not to be criticized but celebrated. It is the smallest example of the benefit from our natural tendency to share ideas, which is what appropriation boils down to. Bill Elder said it best so far with his comment, "the only culture being appropriated . . . "
commented 2017-05-16 11:10:40 -0400
I used to work in an industrial setting and I had two names on my hardhat. Calamity Marcy and Paskwâwimostos âtayôhkan. The only bilingual nametag in the business. (Paskwâwimostos âtayôhkan means the Buffalo Spirit) The Cree kids at work loved the latter because it meant that I accepted the history of the land in it’s entirety and not just from the time the covered wagons arrived. I wear a buckskin frequently, as well and local Indians invariably compliment me on my attire during casual encounters. In my life I have always known native Indians to have a wonderful sense of humor and never given to dour political correctness.
commented 2017-05-16 10:10:06 -0400
Carole Masse, do you support the French only signs for businesses, or the language police enforcing what I business is allowed to call “pasta”? Just curious.
commented 2017-05-16 08:31:47 -0400
I will take the “cultural appropriation” folks seriously when they stop appropriating my culture by speaking in English or French.
commented 2017-05-16 04:28:32 -0400
Ezra, you often have a sarcasm or a derogatory comment about the french or the french canadians. Just so you know, we are literally jammed in Quebec with the corrupt Liberals for almost 16 years in a row and that is solely due to the almost 100% of the anglophones and the migrants who vote for them, thereby not allowing any other party that would be representative of the french majority. I am tired of witnessing my own culture being denigrated from right and left, by people who have negative views of something they know very little about. If your reportings continue like that, I am sorry but I’ll go elsewhere. Anyway, don’t get too excited, the french canadians will be non-existent in 20 years, thanks to the mass-immigration imposed on us for years by Ottawa. That may be a relief to the ROC, but a very sad loss for me. Not sure though if you will appreciate the cultures that are replacing us.
commented 2017-05-16 03:05:24 -0400
Huge reaction on one newspaper in Qc about the attacks on the writers. The left-wing Lise Ravary, that I personally can’t stand and who is on the black list, was previously in favor of the niqab, dreamed of open-doors immigration policy, couldn’t stand the systemic racism supposedly present everywhere, etc. Now she’s complaining that the obsession for minorities and victimhood will bring less justice and that a white and/or middle-class writer, like her, can no longer write about another race. Poor little leftard. I’m sorry but I have no pity for that kind of journalist, because she had none for the silent majority before. I concede however that not all liberal journalists affected here were like her. In conclusion, the whole drama is quite funny to me.
commented 2017-05-16 02:39:08 -0400
Imagine if Cassie Jaye was not allowed to share her discovery that men are the actual underdogs.
What they’re doing is allowing each group to (re)write their own history and cut off any dissent.
I saw this Aboriginal gent on CBC spewing all the Lefty dogma in outrage. Umm, isn’t he appropriating White Liberal guilt?

I wonder how many of those sacked Lefty’s will find themselves drifting over to watch TheRebel?

The Left have always been obsessed with empathy and how to raise empathetic kids, the book, The Roots of Empathy being but one example of many. But empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone elses’ shoes. So presumably the Left have finally abandoned empathy to show their true nasty colours?

You went light on Johnathan out of respect for his mom Ezra,which is fine, but let’s not forget it was The Walrus that printed that Super-racist / super twisted story about some Jewish man having sex with animals. It was truly something akin to Hitler’s writings. The question is, how the heck does he end up like that with such a awesome mom?!?! He was also part of the CBC special trouncing TheRebel and a few others.
commented 2017-05-16 00:53:44 -0400
Bill Elder.. True that.!!
commented 2017-05-16 00:12:28 -0400
No aboriginal in North America today lives in a stone age culture…they have all appropriated white Europen culture.

No new presentation of aboriginal art uses stone age materials or tools…..the paintings and graphics use acrillics and oil paint. None of the soap stone carvings are done with napped flint or whale bone…the totem poles and cedar carvings are done with carbon steel tools…..the museums where they are displayed next to the abstract fart that is called installation art are not birch bark teepees.

Compared to the authenticity of the petroglyphs carved into the slate at Kejimacujic they are all wannabees.
commented 2017-05-15 23:35:14 -0400
Leviticus 2013 – every native driving a motorized transportation, using a firearm, living in a centrally heated modern dwelling and eating processed or preserved foods (including flour and bread), not to mention modern medicine, welfare and rule of law is engaged in cultural appropriation – and by neo-marxist delusional identity politics committing cultural genocide – so let them tear their fragile egos apart coming to grips with the fact some cultures offer such positively evolved living you can’t ignore the benefits.
commented 2017-05-15 21:43:52 -0400
Tammy said..
Chippewa artist Jay Soule told the CBC:
“What (Amanda PL is) doing is essentially cultural genocide, because she’s taking (Morrisau’s) stories and retelling them, which bastardizes it down the road.”
That’s pretty funny because the North American Indian never had a formal written language and every cultural story handed down from one generation to the next for hundreds of years was not recalled from a written language but recalled from memory.. No story in the retelling running down the chain has never been accurate past the second telling so in a fact the entire Indian culture of storytelling is based on the bastardization of the story.
Next is somebody going to cry plagiarism on the alphabet or perhaps right-handed people or the color used in a painting or perhaps the first people to sketch with charcoal.??
“This cultural righteousness” phenomena is becoming too much for me to bear.
commented 2017-05-15 21:21:01 -0400
Regarding the art style, N.Am. Indian art is no different in style than any other Paleolithic hunter-gatherer society. This includes Europeans of 30 000 + years ago, basically 10 000 years before human occupation in N.Am. Add this to the Paleolithic style being wedded to French Impressionism to create the current Indian art style, one has to ask if it is not the Indians who have culturally misappropriated. Along with other aspects of a non-Stone Age society.
commented 2017-05-15 21:19:41 -0400
So, Farley Mowat, and Pierre Berton will have to give up thier literary prizes because they wrote about natives, and Chinese labourers?
And when will natives give up thier cars and trucks? They never invented the wheel, or gas.
commented 2017-05-15 21:18:19 -0400
The only “culture” being “appropriated” (or more correctly suicided) is western culture – and it is being done with cold calculation by an army of 5th columnist zombies who think they are on some moralistic imperative but are in fact, committing cultural genocide.
commented 2017-05-15 21:09:55 -0400
Buffy Saint Marie, Robbie Robertson, Longfellow, James Fenimore Cooper, Larry McMurtry, Dee Brown, ….etc etc etc….are these assholes going to break their rice bowls too? As artists and writers all of them would need a ladder to kiss the asses of these giants.
commented 2017-05-15 21:08:34 -0400
Glenn Craig. Good one
commented 2017-05-15 21:06:43 -0400
Great report Ezra!
The Writer’s Union of Canada’s response to Hal Niedzviecki’s opinion piece sounds schizophrenic in nature, the ad-hoc Mission Statement is full of contradictions.
What happened afterward, to Hal, other journalists and editors is simply wrong. Ezra, as you pointed out, the mob came a calling; sadly, it’s very indicative of what’s to come.

When Rebel reported on the cancelled art exhibit, I had this to say,
Chippewa artist Jay Soule told the CBC:
“What (Amanda PL is) doing is essentially cultural genocide, because she’s taking (Morrisau’s) stories and retelling them, which bastardizes it down the road.”

What nonsense Jay Soule! Being inspired by another person’s work and creating something out of that inspiration is not cultural genocide, no matter what PC theory you have swallowed and regurgitated.

The leftist outrage over “cultural appropriation” is another manufactured problem…it’s ridiculous, and these people have far too much free time.
commented 2017-05-15 21:06:03 -0400
All men are created equal. Women are equal to men. They’re just different.
I know Jesus loves Miss America
commented 2017-05-15 20:59:46 -0400
I am 1/5 Mattie, does that mean I get a free pass when talking about native issues. If so I say to the left F**K OFF ad stop speaking for me.
commented 2017-05-15 20:59:14 -0400
I only ever hear of the Walrus here on the rebel.
commented 2017-05-15 20:57:56 -0400
commented 2017-05-15 20:51:54 -0400
So this means that the Nobel Laureate left-wing poet, Bob Dylan, should be forced to turn in his socialist card because he wrote the song about an Eskimo, the Mighty Quinn? Or Stephen King should turn his in because of his recent Mr. Mercedes trilogy where he dared to have a middle class black millennial as a hero?

In Canada, it is interesting that the can-con author, Joseph Boyden, is allowed his cultural appropriation. But then, he self-identified.
commented 2017-05-15 20:38:46 -0400
Won’t happen Peter until they stop with the grovelling apologies and either completely ignore them or actually even start to fight back.
commented 2017-05-15 20:31:25 -0400
The leftist SWJs eating their own is hilarious.

When they turn on themselves as eat their own tail, I can only sit back and think to myself … (between fits of laughter, of course) … “I hope you idiots learn from your own cannibalization.” But I doubt they will.