Sadly, I am unilingual. But the good news is that one needn’t speak a single word of French to bust a gut over Radio Canada’s New Year’s Eve sketch that satirized the Trudeau clan’s disastrous trip to India in 2018.
Of course, the usual suspects think there’s absolutely nothing funny about it.
I thought it was brilliant, the sort of edgy humor one rarely sees on Radio-Canada’s English counterpart, the CBC.
But evidently, this sketch was racist. The press in English Canada, ranging from the Toronto Star (of course) to the National Post(sadly), ginned-up this story, lambasting Radio-Canada for being disrespectful of Indian and Hindu culture.
Why is it when a comedy troupe parodies Indian culture, that’s cultural appropriation, but when Prime Minister Zoolander himself does the Bollywood dancing thing, that’s OK?
At time of writing, Radio-Canada has not caved to its critics and issuing a mea culpa. Nor should it.
If anyone needs to apologize, it is surely the Prime Minister. That Indian trip was an off-the-chart fiasco, a costly endeavour that did nothing but give Canada a black eye on the international stage.