As the universal soap-box that is the Internet continues to grow, it seems easier and easier to get a rise out of people these days. On top of that, with the rising number of university-educated Canadians, a well-formulated argument against something becomes increasingly hard to ignore.
TL;DR Canadians sounded-off on the Internet this week about everything from Tim Horton's lids to Christmas songs.
If someone comes forward with an articulate explanation for why an advertisement, speech, or even song is offensive or harmful, it's next to impossible for a company, artist, or political figure to hold fast to any good intentions they may have had.
The public loudly demands apologies and retractions, and the public usually gets what they want. That is generally a good thing. This kind of critical attention keeps our leaders and celebrities accountable to their language and audiences.
Often demeaned as "cultural sensitivity," people's desire to demand alterations to anything they deem wrong, inappropriate, or offensive is everywhere.
Here are five things Canadians felt outraged about this week:
1. Trespassers Will Be Eaten
On Thursday, the CTV reported that parents in Winnipeg were offended and even called for an apology after a sign was posted outside the parking lot of a business adjacent to the local school.
The sign reads: "THIS IS NOT A DROPOFF ZONE. CHILDREN LEFT HERE WILL BE EATEN."
Evidently an attempt at a humorous deterrent, the sign was not at all well-recieved. Parents urged the business to take it down, and one even took to the time to put tape over the word "children." Their complaints obviously worked, as CTV followed up to say the sign will be removed.
On The Simpsons they went to Winnipeg and there was this sign and honestly I wish we'd just stop kidding ourselves and change the actual sign which is dumb and lame to this pic.twitter.com/zqakrhUWQL— Mad (@Madsp4) December 7, 2018
2. Parlez pas en anglais, s'il vous plaît
Montrealers spoke out against their mayor this week after she delivered a speech entirely in English. While the speech was meant to "announce and celebrate" the opening of British businesses in the Montreal area, Montreal citizens still felt the choice was the wrong one.
Across Twitter, Canadians expressed their disappointment in the Mayor for delivering a speech that was not accessible to many of her constituents. For many, this choice hit too close to home after Doug Ford's cuts to Francophone services in Ontario earlier this month.
The ultimate sin, speaking in english only. She had to apologize #jemesouviens— GRAF (@petegrafo) December 5, 2018
3. Leaf the Lids Alone, Timmies
It wouldn't be Canada without Tim Hortons in the news. While the company was bought by an American company in 2014, it has never ceased to be a Canadian icon, and Canadians still take their Timmies very seriously.
In a recent attempt to fix the leakage and spillage of their old lids, Tim Horton's ended up annoying some of their customers.
The new lid features a cute little maple leaf on top, but, some claim, it has done nothing to mitigate the spilling or leaking of coffee, which has, apparently, long been a problem.
I hate Tim hortons lids. I always spill coffee on myself🙄— Natalie Kasperowicz (@NKasperowicz) January 26, 2017
4. Baby, Don't Be Bold Outside
If you are used to flicking on the CBC to get your Christmas tunes throughout the holidays, don't expect to hear "Baby, It's Cold Outside." After Rogers Media and Bell Media both decided the pull the song from their holiday broadcasting, the CBC followed suit.
Hey @starbucksmusic @starbucks, a partner here. Anyway you guys can remove BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE from the holiday playlist? It’s pretty date-rapey and hearing it multiple times a day is not fun, it’s actually creepy as heck. Here are the lyrics just in case you haven’t read em.. pic.twitter.com/TXawqm5Rqu— ali (@peckedbythedove) December 2, 2018
Chuck Thompson from CBC Music acknowledged both sides of the issue but inevitably said, "while we consider both points of view, and in light of the times we are living in, we have chosen to remove the song, for the time being, from two of our holiday music streams."
The other camp has taken the time to express their disappointment in the wildfire-like spead of song bashing on Twitter, too.
I do this every year but tis the season.— alexis nedd (@alexisthenedd) December 6, 2018
'BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE' IS PREDICATED ON PLAYFULLY ESTABLISHED MODES OF ASSENT AND THE LANGUAGE USED WAS CONTEXTUALLY UNDERSTOOD AS CONFIRMING BOTH PARTIES' DESIRE TO GO TO BONE TOWN.
THE DRINK LINE IS ABOUT DEFLECTING SOCIAL BLAME.
Honestly, I'm still surpsied we still hear Christmas songs on the radio at all.
5. PETA, "Taking the Flower by the Thorns"
Earlier in the week, animal rights group PETA spoke out about common sayings that they feel are "speciesist" in their use of oft-implied animal cruelty.
Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4— PETA: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980 (@peta) December 4, 2018
While PETA does speak for some other animal rights activists, and voiceless animals, many humans are considering this request from PETA to be hilarious and maybe a bit too much.
You're really beating a dead horse with idiotic posts like this. You guys are pig headed, and your twitter account is going to the dogs. If you want to have a good twitter take the bull by the horns and try actually working, instead of tweeting bs like this. Be the Guinea pig.— jo🐸☕ (@jodzilla_34) December 7, 2018
The request left the door wide open for jokes, puns, and creative uses of the phrases they had just asked humans to stop using.
One Twitter user was even clever enough to respond with a Rickyism, a term coined to describe the Canadian comedy Trailer Park Boys.
PETA!! LOL. I will be getting two birds stoned at once until I die. Put it on my tombstone. https://t.co/Rdw3lGKI3U— relentlessly chill (@Bee_Sutt) December 5, 2018
That's what Canadians were outraged about this week! Did I miss anything? Are you outraged about something new?