May 29, 2017

No joke: Academic says Canada taking credit for poutine is appropriating Quebec culture

StaffRebel Columnist

An academic from the have-not province of Quebec is claiming classifying poutine as a “Canadian” dish is “cultural appropriation”.

Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, Montreal-born graduate student at the University of Vermont, claims that poutine is a Québécois creation, not a Canadian one and suggesting otherwise ignores that the dish “has been used as a form of stigma against a minority group that is still at risk of cultural absorption.”

His paper titled 'Poutine Dynamics' will expose “how the Canadian culinary identity is constructed and construed by means of cultural appropriation processes.”

“Every time we talk about junk food in the media in Quebec, it’s almost certain a poutine image that will come up,” he said. He then went on to say that some Quebeckers feel embarassed by poutine. “My parents and grandparents, when I talked about my work on poutine, they were saying, ‘Oh poutine? Why do you even talk about that?’”

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In his paper, Fabien-Ouellet even tries to claim that poutine is used to “tarnish Quebec culture and undermine its legitimacy of self-determination as a nation”.

“The dish should be, ideally, labelled explicitly as a Québécois dish,” he writes. “And not a Canadian one to further underscore the cultural context to which it actually belongs.”

SOUND OFF in the comments: do you think poutine is a great CANADIAN food?

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commented 2017-05-31 12:45:59 -0400
I love the poutine in all its variations, and quite frankly I do not care one whit if I am “appropriating” Quebec’s culture. I will enjoy my poutines just as much.
commented 2017-05-30 21:59:04 -0400

I wonder if he culturally appropriated the cell phone and the telephone?

Invented by an Anglo.
commented 2017-05-30 13:15:22 -0400
Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet should not be so dismissive of his parents’ and grandparents’ admonishment of ‘Oh poutine? Why do you even talk about that?’ Poutine is not “cuisine.” It’s fast food. It’s pub grub. Gimme a break, man. This could get embarrassing.
Also, before he goes off half-cocked ranting about Canadians culturally appropriating his “dish,” he may wish to acquaint himself with a traditional Acadian recipe which has been prepared on Canada’s east coast, not just since the 1950s, but for hundreds of years. And as we can see in this video, the preparation of poutine râpée involves considerably more work than just tossing an extra ingredient into something very, very ordinary.
Perhaps M. Fabien-Ouellet will consider a new project where he will explain to the world why, in the interest of avoiding any accusations of cultural appropriation, we need to immediately stop incorrectly calling the dish poutine and start calling it what it really is; fries ’n gravy with cheese curds.
commented 2017-05-30 11:29:48 -0400
Hey SJWs just suck it up…..From the perspective of the Kekistanis all culture is eminant domain. It’s not like you live in the Levant where Bedouins can be shot for drinking from your well.
commented 2017-05-30 11:25:33 -0400
commented 2017-05-30 10:14:27 -0400
He is trying to appropriate culture for Quebec. Check the old dictionary. Appropriate literally means “to claim use by exclusive right”. It does not simply mean to steal. So he is claiming use by exclusive right. He’s appropriating it. Websters 1828.
commented 2017-05-30 03:45:03 -0400
Not by me, Hyacinth. You can take a crack at it if you like…. which I see you did.
commented 2017-05-29 22:26:22 -0400
“I have no response to make. Stupidity doesn’t deserve a response.”

Stupidity needs to be called out and highlighted.

Pierre Trudeau and Justin Trudeau have both publically claimed “Canada (all of its provinces both English and French) has no culture or identity period” ergo this professor is full of shite according to the Trudeau Dynasty. Aren’t Quebecers supposedly the “smart” ones according to the Trudeau Dynasty (“The only good PMs are from Quebec”)? So this prof went against their treasured PM by claiming that Canada and its province of Quebec has a culture to begin with. The left just can’t seem to keep their invented facts and ideologies straight, can they now? LMAO.
“Trudeau saw a multicultural Canada as a way to defuse French Canadian nationalism by making the Quebecois no more than one ethnic group among many others”
“•Trudeau brought in our Official Languages policy that is hugely expensive and divisive. …
•Multiculturalism is a Trudeau legacy that was forced on the country rather than evolving naturally. Instead of a melting pot, Canada was forced into a mosaic of oft-competing interests, making unity more difficult. …”
“Late last year, Justin Trudeau told the New York Times that Canada is becoming a new kind of country, not defined by our history or European national origins, but by a “pan-cultural heritage”.
“There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada,” Trudeau said, concluding that he sees Canada as “the first post-national state.” …. Canada is nothing but an intellectual construct and a hodgepodge of various people, from various backgrounds, who just happen to live side by side in the territory known as Canada.”
“One thing he does not want, as publicly stated shortly after taking office, is a Canada based upon “national identity.” This bold assertion, in effect, tells us Trudeau does not believe in a Canada defined by a national heritage developed over 148 years of history. From Canada’s early pioneer settlers, to our cultural roots as an English and French Canadian society, through to the struggle for an identity independent of American cultural domination — Justin Trudeau has deemed these symbols of our nationhood to be irrelevant. … The entire spectacle is incredulous — first, former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau takes it upon himself to cancel Canada’s English and French bi-cultural identity. Now, Liberal PM Justin Trudeau takes it upon himself to cancel our national identity in its entirety "
commented 2017-05-29 18:04:02 -0400
I’m, racially, a Slav. Those BLM Negros down south should stop appropriating me by claiming they were, “slaves” 200 years ago. Frankly, no one should use the term “slave”, as you appropriating a term used to describe my race. So fuck off.
commented 2017-05-29 18:01:54 -0400
This is friggin’ stupid. But it did make me hungry.
commented 2017-05-29 18:01:22 -0400
I thought April Fools was over two months ago?…
commented 2017-05-29 17:40:46 -0400
If this is all that some “academics” have to do with thier day, we are doomed.
commented 2017-05-29 17:40:33 -0400
I guess the fries are fried in french Quebecois. not just french fries.
commented 2017-05-29 17:37:10 -0400
I wonder what our resident academic Andrew S will say as an excuse when BC starts going down the toilet now that the NDP and Greens have joined?
commented 2017-05-29 17:32:04 -0400
When did becoming educated start to mean becoming a moron?
commented 2017-05-29 17:08:55 -0400
And the fact that the cheese used to make poutine comes from St. Albert, Ontario is missed? What a bunch of total idiots!
commented 2017-05-29 17:01:33 -0400
I’m with Maurice!
commented 2017-05-29 16:58:58 -0400
OK, so now I am part of an oppressed minority because of the poutine? Stupid leftist is probably supporting the mass immigration in Qc for 20 years but who knew, it’s the poutine the real danger to french Qc annihilation .
commented 2017-05-29 16:53:39 -0400
I have no response to make. Stupidity doesn’t deserve a response.