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Monday, November 15, 2010

The Multicult Ideal for Canada

Zero Canadians.

Cast of Toronto’s Lake Shore even more despicable than cast of Jersey Shore. Go see the video. You'll want to have an empty stomach.

One of the producers describes the show as: "a peek into what Toronto is like as a multicultural city." That peek includes a jew, a Turk, an Albanian, a Lebanese, a Pole, an Italian, a Czech, and a Vietnamese, each loudly revelling in their alien identity. Seeing how they behave, it's no surprise none of them want to live among their own kind, or that they don't like each other either.

Somehow the producers got the strange idea they could sell this dystopian train wreck as a utopian sex party. Indeed, there's trouble in paradise - but it's not about any negative reflection on Toronto or the lack of people with northwest European heritage. Fast forward to 7:50 of the Lake Shore Sizzle Reel to see the real problem.

Anti-Jewish remark could stall show's start:
But while Lake Shore is poised to begin production as early as next week, media and advertising experts say the program's search for a major network backer could be in jeopardy thanks to a publicity-grabbing trailer posted on YouTube in which one of the show's characters expresses her hatred for Jews.

"It's already tough for Canadian productions to garner an audience so this one probably thought they could try something drastic," said Florence Ng, president of the broadcast video investment division at Toronto ad agency ZenithOptimedia.

"When something controversial happens, regardless of what it's about, it definitely would have some impact in terms of [advertisers'] intent to get involved. Nobody wants to get into any kind of controversial situation and I think for [the producers], they're probably pushing the envelope."
"I'm not racist because I hate everybody equally, especially Jewish people," professes Sibel Atlug, a 23-year-old loud-mouthed woman cast as "the Turk." The comments come during a mud-flinging free-for-all in which cast members share first impressions of their future housemates.

The show is the brainchild of executive producer Maryam Rahimi and Toronto television personality George Tsioutsioulas. A scheduled interview with Mr. Tsioutsioulas was cancelled by the production's publicist yesterday. But in an e-mailed statement, the show's producers said the trailer is a small snippet of a show that exposes what happens when you put eight people from all walks of life into a house together. "A promo reel is not a true representation of the whole story and should not be interpreted that way," the statement said.

" Lake Shore will expose stereotypes in order to break them down, bridge relationships and show young Torontonians enjoying life and all the adventures that come their way."

Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said Ms. Atlug's comments perpetuate a pervasive sentiment that it is "still OK" for people to say openly that they hate Jews.

"We seem to have entered an epoch where basically anything goes," he said. "People are free to watch whatever they want, to be as stupid as they want, and as insensitive as they want. But we still have to live with each other.
"If you're going to make a show about outrageous people misbehaving, I suppose among the things people do when they're misbehaving is to say things that are racist, sexist or anti-Semitic," Prof. [Bob] Thompson [a popular culture professor at Syracuse University] said.
In a brief interview with Farber, The Trouble With LakeShore, via ShalomLife, we hear that:
Farber doesn’t think the show should be banned. However, he wonders if the comment would have been left in had it been about a different ethnic group, calling anti-Semitism “a longstanding virus that never seems to go away.”

He goes on to say that while he feels Canadians understand what the show is all about, he wants people to realize that the real issue is about a “producer who is trying to manipulate you using sex and racism and all that other kind of junk to attract an audience.”
The moral of the story is that anything goes, except for outrageous misbehavior that outrages jews. They won't call for anything to be banned or anyone to be fired - unless their condemnations and economic threats don't get results.

I'm wondering whether any other ethnic group so unselfconsciously projects their own nature by imagining their enemies as "a longstanding virus that never seems to go away."

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Sheila said...

Every time I see one of these "mix it up" videos, I wonder where they come up with these people. Whatever race/religion/ethnicity, the women are all loud and slutty, and the men substitute thuggish and boorish for masculine (a dying concept). I wonder whether the Czech guy and the Polish girl would be quite so appalling had they remained in their native White culture and homeland. As it stands, their immersion in the cultural sewer that was once the West has rendered them excrement, like all the rest.

11/16/2010 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous RED said...

Referring to anti-Semitism as a virus is quite appropriate. After all, there is no anti-Semitism wherever there are no parasites. It's beneficial to note that at first, the jews were never hated by anyone on the entire Earth. But once people had gotten to know them and suffered from their many subversive activities, everyone on Earth began to hate the jews. It seems that those with hatred in their hearts become the most hated. And so it is with the jews. Hatred for the jews did not arise out of empty air nor did it spontaneously arise in the hearts of trusting men. It was only AFTER jews moved into any host country that people began to hate them. So, why is there this virus, anti-Semitism found wherever there are jews? Because they are the carriers of it.

11/16/2010 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Svigor said...

As usual TAN hits the sweet spot:

The moral of the story is that anything goes, except for outrageous misbehavior that outrages jews.

Tan never lets me bring anything to the table. ;) The Ashkenazi himself put a lamp on it, as it were, but that's the salient point here; in an era when almost anything goes, "anti-Semitism" (and by extension, "racism") curiously remains forever outside the realm of "almost anything." Cui bono?

11/17/2010 03:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gotta take issue with this statement here:

"...said Ms. Atlug's comments perpetuate a pervasive sentiment that it is "still OK" for people to say openly that they hate Jews."

STILL OKAY? Since when was it ever okay for anyone to say they hate jews? Not at least in my nor my parent's lifetimes. Though I sincerely do hope we're entering a time when it finally becomes not just permissible but a "pervasive sentiment."

11/17/2010 09:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is fresh meat to feed some good clean hate. Stephen Colbert talks to NY Jew Lawyer David Stern, who is overlord of the Negro Basketball Association. Starting about 2:20:

Stern: "What you Americans call soccer is the most popular sport in the world."

Colbert: "What do you say 'You Americans', what, are you not an American?"

Stern: "I'm an internationalist."

Colbert: "You're an internalalist? Are an American citizen, sir?"

Long pause.

Stern, looking up with his eyeballs, smiling: "Uhh, yes."

What a stinkin' weasel, and what stinkin' times we live in, he doesn't have to hide it, and can laugh at us about it.

11/18/2010 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

poor ol' John Rocker. He didn't even mention Jews.

"I'd retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you're riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing... The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"

11/18/2010 06:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Jim Jones said...

Having lived in NYC, I think Rocker made a point that many people there- no matter how liberal- secretly agree with. And that's before considering that NYC in the late '80's - early 90's was an absolute shithole. Nowadays, only the boroughs around Manhattan are shitholes.

11/19/2010 01:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Hail said...

Sheila wrote:
the men substitute thuggish and boorish for masculine (a dying concept)

Is anyone really "surprised" that many Sicilians and Albanians and Turks act like that?

"Chivalry and knighthood -- and their still surviving but greatly impaired counterparts -- are peculiarly Nordic traits." --Madison Grant

11/22/2010 09:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Hail said...

40 comments have been left there.
By my count: 30 are hostile (of which 8 are racially-based in some way), vs. 3 that defend the show.

10-to-1 Against.

One ostensibly PRO comment:
"I’m ashamed of the haters who have commented above. I think this show is a wonderful celebration of Toronto diversity, and the video had me in total stitches." (--Is this someone in deep cover or what? I couldn't guess).

A black commenter:
"phew...let me say that as a Black Canadian I am happy to see the cast has no ‘visbile minorities’." (--The Albanian could pass for mulatto, and the average skin tone for the lot is quite dark. Are only coal-blacks "visible minorities", or what?)

11/22/2010 10:03:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Hitler's Plan to Save Ireland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryqaGPMWFMM&feature=player_embedded

11/25/2010 11:37:00 AM  

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