21 February 2010

Climbing the all-too Canadian...

...mountain of suckass political correctness...

Even media people are seeing through this nonsense, which is not the case when it comes to the saccharine emotionalism of athletes dedicating their achievements to dead relatives.

It's one thing to mark a recent passing of a child or an anniversary of a deceased parent. But now we have -- no joke -- "this ski run is dedicated to my grandfather who died a year-and-a-half ago."
The absolute epitome of this nonsense was when skier Alex Bilodeau was asked... "How much of this gold medal belongs to your brother?"

As Coren astutely notes...
We all have loss and pain in our lives and even disabled people whom we love but we don't broadcast the fact every time there is a camera or microphone in front of us. It becomes an abuse of misfortune and is increasingly hard to take seriously.

This is sport and not Oprah.
And really... what could Bilodeau possibly have said at that media-manipulated fuzzy-bunny moment? Certainly not... "Geez, Brian... I worked my ass off for this... for the better part of a decade... this one belongs to me."

(coren article via shaidle)


48 comments:

All the nice girls like a sailor said...

I guess you're a victim of our political correctness. It must be the reason you don't have the balls to post under your real name.

Balbulican said...

Sounds to me like Coren ran short of ideas this week and is trying desperately to pull a curmudgeonly rabbit out of an empty hat to fill column inches. It happens.

It's Bilodeau's moment, his triumph. If he feels like sharing the moment, I'm more inclined to cheer him than a fat, bad tempered blob like Coren who is offended by human emotion. (And I speak from a position of knowledge, as a fat, bad tempered blob.)

This reflexive "Gotta Bitch About EVERYTHING" shtick from Coren, Wente et al. is getting a little tired.

Anonymous said...

Coren is insane

always was always will be

needs to be locked up in a rubber room with neo

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oxygentax said...

Well, looks like more suckass political correctness from your commenters neo - a question to the anonymous people who slag neo for having a pseudonym while posting under... a pseudonym:

What would have been wrong with Bilodeau saying "none of this medal belongs to my brother - I won it in spite of that situation".

Balbulican said...

"What would have been wrong with Bilodeau saying "none of this medal belongs to my brother - I won it in spite of that situation"."

Nothing at all would have been wrong with that.

Except that's not what he wanted to say.

And who the hell is Michael Coren, or you, to tell him he's wrong?

Anonymous said...

Neo, even though I agree with you 99.9% of the time, I'm going to disagree on this one.

If the athlete wanted to honor a relative in their comments - why not? It's his victory not mine.

I do admit the question, "How much of this gold medal belongs to your brother?" was a really stupid question. But come on, members of the MSM *WILL* ask stupid questions.

They're stupid people.

MariaS said...

Halls - my apologies, but I disagree vehemently. I think Alex Bilodeau is a pure example of what a loving brother and a loving son ought to be.
I have seen a short docu on some of the athletes in the 2010 and the bond between Alex and his older brother is no act and if it is, then Alex B should book a ticket to Hollywood and become a multi-millionaire.

As for Coren, I don't find him credible because he has a couple of people often on his show whom I truly detest but who happen to be his best buddies. One is judged by the company one keeps.

According to me, Alex B is the true overall Canadian winner of Vancouver 2010.

Shaidle and Coren don't snowboard said...

The point is...Bilodeau believes he wouldn't have achieved what he did without his brother's example.Seems pretty simple,doesn't it? Who are we to censor his moment?
It's great to be all knowing like Shaidle and Coren but once in a while, why not accept people at face value? Seems pretty Canadian to me.

Anonymous said...

Crazy Maria makes sense...for once. Well done!

Neo Conservative said...

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"compassionate, intellectual bully shrieks... a fat, bad tempered blob"

well, geez... who could possibly dispute that carefully reasoned thesis?

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Balbulican said...

LOL. You're pretty desperate to salvage something out of an embarrassingly stupid post, I see. Well, that's ok. You have an ego to protect and a truly foolish borrow from Shaidle that you urgently need to deflect the thread from. Face it, dude - when even Maria thinks you're messed up, you're in bad shape.

Not to worry. We all say something stupid once in a while. Mind you, for some of us, it's ONLY once in a while. ;)

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Fred from BC said...

Balbulican said...

It's Bilodeau's moment, his triumph. If he feels like sharing the moment, I'm more inclined to cheer him than a fat, bad tempered blob like Coren who is offended by human emotion.


There is a big difference between sharing human emotion and exploiting it. You must have really enjoyed watching the girl today crying about her mother dying, huh?
Does it get you hard when some reporter sticks a microphone in the face of a murder victims family and asks them how they feel? All that weeping and crying excites you, does it?

Sick people like you just love watching utter crap like Entertainment Tonight and TMZ just for the cheap voyeuristic thrill of watching other people's misfortunes...

Neo Conservative said...

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and, once again, infamous uber-troll "liberal supporter" decides to show up and repeatedly wipe his feces all over the walls.

sorry, libby... you've said it all before... and it's really not that interesting.

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Balbulican said...

Oh, dear. Fred,you appear to have missed the fact that Coren is mocking Bilodeau and EXONERATING the media. You got it exactly backwards.

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Neo Conservative said...

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"good ol' bully, back for the fourth time says... Coren is mocking Bilodeau"

yes, of course... because you say so.

never mind that ctv has been displaying the handicapped brother like he's some sort of rare two-headed calf.

this is the ever-increasingly desperate mass media, crassly manipulating people's emotions.

bread, circuses & candied unicorns.

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Balbulican said...

"yes, of course... because you say so."

Why, no, Neo: because Coren said so. Please recall it's the Coren article I'm commenting on. Here's the quote from Coren:

"Even media people are seeing through this nonsense, which is not the case when it comes to the saccharine emotionalism of athletes dedicating their achievements to dead relatives. It's one thing to mark a recent passing of a child or an anniversary of a deceased parent. But now we have -- no joke -- "this ski run is dedicated to my grandfather who died a year-and-a-half ago."

As I said, Coren is mocking the athlete, and crediting "media" - like himself, I suppose - with "seeing through this nonsense."

You, Shaidle, Fred and Coren, see fit to mock an athlete for a dedication.

Others, including myself, are cutting them some slack to say something that obviously matters to them in their moment. It's too bad their emotion offends you, but it IS their moment.

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Neo Conservative said...

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interesting, bully... that you refuse to acknowledge the obvious media manipulation here.

it's simply all about us knuckle-draggin' neocons.

but heck... looks like you've convinced your usual fellow travellers....

"Oh fuck off you silly child abusing liar."
Posted by liberal supporter to halls of macadamia at 5:52 PM, December 01, 2009


and, hey... just keep repeating yourself... you may hypnotise me eventually.

good grief.

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Neo Conservative said...

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sorry, libby... you said it... you have to wear it.

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Balbulican said...

"interesting, bully... that you refuse to acknowledge the obvious media manipulation here..."

LOL. Dude, you picked the post, I'm just quoting it. You're offended by Olympic athletes getting emotional? Your prerogative.

I hope I never get THAT bitter.

Neo Conservative said...

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yes, bully... because you say so.

"i'm getting sleepy..."

zzzzzzzzzz

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Neo Conservative said...

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sorry, libby... anybody who wants to visit kathy's blog can get there from the link on the main page.

go spew your nonsense somewhere else.

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Frances said...

Neo - I'm with the athletes on this one. It's their moment; let them have their say. I listen to Michael Coren a lot, but this time I disagree heartily with him. The Bilodeau brothers are close and that is to be admired; there are many who would keep elder brother far away from the media.

Re the skater who's mum died - leave her alone until after she skates. She's under enough pressure without having to put up with the media. And, no, Fred from BC, I would not want to see any interviews. The Bilodeau family have obviously decided how they are presenting themselves to the media, and I respect that and have enjoyed reading about them. We have handicapped family members, too, and find them an inspiration.

Neo Conservative said...

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frances... certainly you have the right to your opinion... but sorry, i strenuously disagree.

ctv's obvious manipulation of people's feelings was both condescending & counter-productive.

surely you're familiar with the study that showed surgical outcomes were more problematic... when the patients were told people were praying for them.

and that whole "do you believe" thing they foisted on the medal hopefuls... for instance, getting manuel osborne-paradis to proclaim that "losing is not an option"... was simply a psychological kiss of death.

they put the same pressure on jan hudec, melissa hollingsworth & jeremy wotherspoon and look where they ended up.

less showbiz & crass manipulation... just report, for gawd's sake. i don't need to see a near-naked jeremy wotherspoon with his vital statistics drawn in grease pencil on his torso... and no, i don't believe he's "a locomotive on ice".

and lastly frances, i'm sorry... frere bilodeau doesn't own a piece of that gold medal... this isn't disneyland... it's the olympics. it's about personal achievement through hard work & discipline.

i'm sure alex loves his brother... but, as chris rock says, you don't get extra points for that.

just the facts ma'am... not a carefully scripted fuzzy-bunny teleprompter narrative.

it'd be so much better for everybody.

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Balbulican said...

In other news, Hunter is explaining that Conservatives don't believe in telling other people how they should live.

Better hurry over there and correct her, Neo.

mahmood said...

Balbull drools...

"Better hurry over there and correct her, Neo."

Nah, your pal "Thwap" over at BoobyBoy Day's Cesspool beat neo to the punch, he's busy "leaving a wad of jism in her hair"

ooh Balbull, the friends you keep...

Neo Conservative said...

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"nanny-state balbully orders... Better hurry over there and correct her, Neo."

you mean... get over there and tell her how she should live?

no word for irony where you come from, huh?

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Balbulican said...

There is. I guess you missed it.

Fred from BC said...

Balbulican said...

"interesting, bully... that you refuse to acknowledge the obvious media manipulation here..."

LOL. Dude, you picked the post, I'm just quoting it. You're offended by Olympic athletes getting emotional? Your prerogative.

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No, he's offended by the news media's blatant pandering to the lower life forms like you who get off on this sort of low-brow National Enquirer crap. I said as much in my post, of course...but I briefly forgot who I was talking to. Next time I'll use smaller words, okay?