May 24, 2016
You see, Trudeau calls himself a feminist. All. The. Time. And for those few who haven”t sussed this out by now, that doesn”t mean he treats women equally and respectfully. That would be cwazy tawk! No, it means that, when he elbows one in the boobs, it’s no big deal. Because his feminism “shots” are up to date. He’s immune. See: “Clinton, Bill” and “Kennedy, Ted” for homegrown examples.
Oh, and “Ghomeshi, Jian” for one northern varietal.
I”ve written about Ghomeshi before: the women’s-studies major”turned”minor musician”turned”major Canadian broadcasting “star” and progressive pinup”until he was accused of slapping around his girlfriends. That case went very badly for the girlfriends, but accusations nevertheless persist that Ghomeshi and his fart catchers created a “toxic work environment” at the CBC. One I was forced to subsidize via government extortion, and where his “inappropriate” “sexist” behavior was tolerated and “enabled” zzzzzzz so sleepy…
Alas for, well, this column, “three’s a trend,” not two. But having no such professional scruples, amateur journalists from Victoria to St. John’s gleefully reposted this photo of Ghomeshi and Trudeau looking chummy as shit, along with an #Elbowgate hashtag and cheeky “We”re feminists!” captions.
So bonus points to this guy, who unearthed this less familiar item (and potential alternative to syrup of ipecac) courtesy of Radio-Canada circa 2012:
Justin Trudeau telling fellow panelist Jian Ghomeshi that he’s handsome, and Trudeau’s wife egging him on to kiss Ghomeshi. I”m proud to say I don”t speak more than a dozen words in French, so I”m unable to report whether or not it was before or after that exchange that Justin smooched the openly gay host of the show on the lips. (All at taxpayers” expense, natch.)
I do know that, while obviously accidental, Trudeau’s “two minutes for elbowing” will cost him a bit of “feminist” cred. But not much. The spectacle actually revealed far more about the PM’s diva-like, DNA-level sense of entitlement. And no Liberal voter currently (secretly) experiencing stirrings of buyer’s remorse today can honestly say they”ve been ambushed, either.
To return to Obama’s little speech, exactly as it was helpfully transcribed by Time:
So tonight, history comes full circle. Forty-four years ago, President Nixon made a visit to Ottawa. And he was hosted by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. [Applause] At a private dinner, there was a toast. “Tonight, we”ll dispense with the formalities,” President Nixon said, “I”d like to propose a toast to the future Prime Minister of Canada”Justin Pierre Trudeau.” [Laughter] He was four months at the time. [Laughter]
I know, right? Hilarious.