Newfoundlanders outraged by “stupid newfies” joke in Simpsons episode
Canada is a small country with lots of land and lots of personality within each of its great provinces. From the hippies out west to the cowboys of Alberta, the yokel pride of the prairies, the hosers of Ontario, or the bohemians of La Belle Province, our nation has more character than you could fit in the Bay of Fundy!
Speaking of which, one of our great provinces, the often ragged-on yet noble Newfoundland and Labrador, feels as though they have come under attack by none other than Ralph Wiggum. More specifically, the writers of TV’s greatest cartoon, The Simpsons.
In an episode titled “D’oh Canada,” The Simpsons decided to playfully jab at some of the plot lines currently taking in the great white north. While current PM Justin Trudeau was the obvious target, whose name is currently synonymous with scandal and day to day shortcomings, another, more familiar target re-entered The Simpsons‘ crosshairs.
Newfoundland. More specifically, “Newfies.”
A quick bit about “stupid Newfies” has some up in arms over what they perceive as harmful stereotypes. Lisa Simpson, the intelligent and righteous character that she is, asks if all Canadians are treated equally. The screen then zooms out to three young ‘uns holding curling equipment, one of which says “except the Quebecois!” and finally, “and the Newfies.” to which all three say “stupid Newfies!”
Then, Ralph Wiggum, arguably the dumbest character in The Simpsons, shouts “Wee! I’m a Newfie!” and proceeds to club down a plush seal doll.
Once Ralph stops hitting the doll, he begins to sing lyrics to “The Islander,” a song long associated with Newfoundland and its culture.
“I’ll be an Islander, forever!” sings Wiggum while kicking around the decapitated head of a seal doll.
The Simpsons v. Newfies, Round II
To provide some context, one of The Simpsons co-creators Sam Simon had been a vocal anti-seal hunt advocate, once offering the hunters $1 million to give up their livelihoods and renounce the hunt.
Though he passed away in 2015, The Simpsons appear to still hold some feelings of ill-will to the Island’s practice of seal hunting.
Some are crying foul. The joke, some say, is a low blow to the island, who is probably getting tired of frequently being associated with the brutish yet arguably necessary practice.
As a nation, Canada has become somewhat known as a country that can take a joke. Chalk-full of playful stereotypes about hockey and Tim Hortons, our nation’s entire Vancouver 2010 Olympic closing ceremony was essentially centered around Mounties, Michael Buble, and moose. From the outside, our bright, multi-coloured money makes our nation look like a bit of a theme park.
We can take a jab, that’s for sure. As a proud southern Ontario boy. I’d be remiss to mention Windsor, Ontario (which was briefly featured in last night’s Simpsons episode) in this article.
In 2012, Stephen Colbert ripped into the southern Ontario city, calling it “Canada’s rectum.” How did Windsor respond to such a jab? Well, the city invited Colbert to be Santa Claus in the Santa Claus parade, of course!
With that in mind, plenty of Canadians see no problem with what the Simpsons were saying, calling a spade a spade, and calling a joke a joke. Our ability to take a joke is part of our charm. Perhaps we’re seen as living in the shadow of our neighbours to the south, but to that, I say: Show me another country with more charm, personality, and colour than Canada. The true north, strong and free.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Ottawa Police have confirmed the discovery of a massive gun collection inside a Heron Gate home, ensuring the public that there is no threat to public safety.
A community member called police after he had heard about the guns in August, which prompted police into visiting the home, where police discovered the firearms, according to Ottawa Matters.
Police found more than 850 guns inside the man’s home, all stored safely and legally.
Police were then faced with the daunting task of ensuring each of them was legal, and never used in a crime.
The gun stash filled five cargo vans and took more than two months for police to catalogue, to which police discovered that none of the rifles, handguns, machine guns, or ammunition were used to commit a crime, and all of them were legally owned.
Yves-François Blanchet has said that he will not do anything to alleviate western Canada’s frustration. Speaking to reporters, Bloc head Blanchet said that he would not lift a finger to “create an oil state in western Canada.”
These remarks came after Blanchet’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa today. Trudeau has been meeting with the leaders of the federal parties to prepare for parliament reopening on Dec. 5. After this meeting, Blanchet stated that he will support Trudeau’s minority government in emission-reducing initiatives, however, he will fight the Liberals on the TMX pipeline.
The Bloc’s intent to halt the pipeline will not cause Trudeau trouble in controlling the majority of the House.
Blanchet also indicated to reporters that he did not expect the throne speech to get in the way of Quebec’s secularism bill. Bill 21, the deeply controversial bill that stops public employees from wearing religious symbols, has created tension between English and French Canada.
Over the previous week, Trudeau has been meeting with provincial leaders, as well as Andrew Scheer, in an attempt to placate the increasing sentiment of alienation in western Canada. Blanchet’s most recent comment will only likely further this rift.
Comments made on an episode of CTV’s The Social have received heavy online backlash following comments made by one of their correspondents regarding Don Cherry’s firing.
Amid Don Cherry’s refusal to back down following controversial poppy comments which led to the end of his historic broadcasting career, former Maclean’s magazine editor Jessica Allen decided to attack not just Don Cherry, but rather the entire “altar of hockey” which Canada worships, going on to say that the “white boy” hockey players could have used their parents’ money to instead, travel the world.
“I’m told he’s a Canadian icon, and he’s a symbol of the great sport of hockey, which is the sport that unites us across this country, and that narrative is the one that strikes a nerve with me, because I don’t worship at the altar of hockey, I never have,” said Allen.
“Maybe it’s because of where I grew up, and going to a couple different universities. In my mind, in my experience, who does. They all tended to be white boys, who weren’t very nice, they weren’t very thoughtful they were often bullies, their parents were able to afford to spend $5000 a year on minor hockey. You could do other things than spend time in an arena, you could go on a trip and learn about the world. See other things. The world is a big place, maybe get outside of that bubble.”
Outrage quickly ensued, as many called the comments racist and hypocritical, especially in light of Cherry’s comments which many felt carried no racial context. Some even started using the hashtag #FireJessAllen as a way to get their point across, reaching the top of trending by late Wednesday afternoon.
In response to the heavy criticism, Jessica defended herself via Tweet.
” I never said every white boy, just the ones whose unsavoury behaviour, which didn’t feel very Canadian, I witnessed. Because of this, I am guilty of having conflicted feelings about hockey being so closely linked to our national identity,” said Allen.
Canada, of course, has a history with hockey that dates back nearly to the country’s inception, with the Candian Museum of History even hosting a hockey exhibition in 2017 to celebrate various historical aspects of the sport.
CTV has not yet responded to TPM’s request for comment.
Jessica Yaniv, a transwoman who rose to infamy after she took a number of immigrant, racialized at-home salon workers to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) for declining to provide services to her male genitalia, applied for her appeal to be heard by a new Tribunal member. She claimed bias against Devyn Cousineau, according to the 5-page document released today by the BCHRT. The appeal was declined.
Cousineau, who has a background in anti-poverty and human rights law and holds a law degree from the University of Victoria, stated she did not feel Yaniv’s claims that she had been biased in her decision were accurate. According to the document, Yaniv requested the appeal decision be made by a different member on the basis that Cousineau had been pressured and “harassed by members of the public via Twitter” to rule in favour of the salon workers.
“It is my ethical and legal obligation as a member of this Tribunal to decide cases based on the evidence before me and not based on public sentiment,” Couseineau wrote in response to the assertion.
In a recent comment given to The Post Millennial, Yaniv stated that the Tribunal ruling had been a “total misunderstanding” full of “inaccurate information.” In the BCHRT appeal document, nine areas of complaint are listed where Yaniv asserts the Tribunal was “wrong”.
These areas, including that Yaniv targeted certain ethnic groups, declined her services because of her scrotum, and that she manufactured the conditions of her complaints–deliberately attempting to provoke situations where she could claim she was being discriminated against–were listed by the BCHRT as findings of fact.
Findings of Fact
Yaniv allegedly also claimed the appeal was necessary as the decision negated to consider transgender women who required hair removal for “surgery.” Cousineau writes that this “was not an issue raised at any time in [Yaniv’s] complaints.”
One of the most striking points of the document was Yaniv’s claim to be unable to pay the improper conduct costs awarded by the BCHRT to the salon workers. These awards were $2,000 each to three of the four women represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
Citing “anti-trans harassment and attacks” Yaniv sought a reduction of costs. This was also declined by the BCHRT, with Cousineau concluding that if Yaniv wants to challenge the final decision, she must do so in court.