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Thursday, August 24, 2017

DOWBIGGIN: CFL COZIES UP TO TRUDEAU

Readers of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 might have been unsettled by the appearance this week of Canadian Football League coaches and players sporting T-shirts that declared Diversity Is Strength.

Apparently, the CFL has adopted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s catch-all immigration slogan to celebrate the varied races, ethnicities and languages spoken by the players, officials and administrators of the league.

The back of the shirt has the names of famous CFL stars of different backgrounds. Sounds nice in those terms. “This isn’t at all about being political, it’s just who we are and really worthy of celebration,” said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

But the league then admitted it was political after all – the CFL says it sped up the distribution of the shirts after the Charlottesville, Va., riots where Ku Klux Klan/neo-Nazi supporters clashed with alt-left thugs. The blunt-force intrusion of Trudeau’s partisan position seems very political for those who think sport should be above party sloganeering.

If it has a diversity message, the CFL needed something other than Trudeau’s partisan phrase to advertise it. That’s not all. In adopting Trudeau’s phrasing, the CFL endorsed a minority position in the country. A 2017 poll showed 46 per cent of respondents disagreed with Trudeau’s immigration fetish being imposed on them – versus 37 per cent who agreed with him.

We’ve seen the incursion of social issues into sport in the past decade. Leagues have had players wear pink to support breast-cancer research. Soccer has had badges demanding No To Racism for a while. Teams have also taken to wearing khaki or camouflage gear to honour the military.

But pro athletes wearing the political slogans of a government – then denying the political nature of the campaign – seems a whole new frontier. Imagine National Football League clubs wearing Make America Great Again shirts or Drain The Swamp windbreakers. Then saying it’s just a coincidence?

Unthinkable.

In what-me-worry Canada, the Diversity Is Strength campaign doesn’t seem to have bothered many in the lapdog media. Oh, c’mon, it’s just a slogan. What harm could it do? Wake me up when the shirts read Balance The Budget.

Frankly, this whole attempt to appear relevant is a little creepy. In 1984, Newspeak was a reordering of the language to support the ruling elites of Orwell’s invented society in Oceania. There were cockeyed phrases such as Freedom Is Slavery. War Is Peace. Ignorance Is Strength. And, of course, Big Brother Is Watching.

Orwell explained that Newspeak is a language “characterized by a continually diminishing vocabulary; complete thoughts reduced to simple terms of simplistic meaning.” Diversity Is Strength certainly makes it sound like you’re just adding a few groovy new restaurants – when in fact it’s an endorsement of changing the very underlying values of a society.

The CFL’s benign endorsement of Liberal dogma is a stark contrast to the current brouhaha about NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Actually, Kaepernick (who was raised by white adoptive parents) is a former NFL player at the moment. Famous for sitting out the national anthem when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick is having trouble finding a new sideline on which to exercise his political franchise about Black Lives Matter. While Kaepernick is not New England Patriots’ star Tom Brady, he might help some team in the proper offence. Several NFL teams with injuries at the position have toyed with signing him.

But when broached about Kaepernick’s attitudes about Black Lives Matter and police oppression, most season ticket holders indicated they were just not that into him as the symbol of their favourite club. Thus, no owner as yet wants to tacitly endorse Kaepernick’s perceptions that America is a racist cauldron.

As with everything in contemporary America, Kaepernick’s continued unemployment is being branded as racist. But when it comes to using the sideline for the political purposes of the ruling party, the NFL owners want no distractions from the product.

The CFL? Hey, that’s a real pretty Canada 150 logo the Trudeau government let you put on your helmets.

Troy Media columnist Bruce Dowbiggin is the host of podcast The Full Count with Bruce Dowbiggin on anticanetwork.com. His career includes successful stints in television, radio and print. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada’s top television sports broadcaster, he is also the publisher of Not The Public Broadcaster.

© 2017 Distributed by Troy Media

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Still mad Harper lost I see.

Anonymous said...

This guy is actually using Orwell to use make his point? Try Animal Farm that is exactly what his side is doing that if ANYONE speaks out they are slapped down so hard their heads spin. The polls show showed 46 per cent of respondents disagreed with Trudeau’s immigration fetish being imposed on them – versus 37 per cent who agreed with him. If the majority which most make decisions as low informed along with just being completely scared nobody would progress.

This article is a testament to plain speaking red neck ideology. He might as well say white supremacists have a right to protest.

Anonymous said...

Wow Bruce. Back off the caffeine. Its 2017 where everything is a platform. Get over it.

Anonymous said...

This guy is a little off base and is missing the message. He is the one making it political. So the slogan is or is similar to the liberal slogan. Who cares. It is the message the shirts are presenting that is important. He must be a closet conservative.

Anonymous said...

In a recent Tweet on Dick Gregory's death Dowbiggin wrote "Dick talked about racism when it was a thing." I'm disappointed you allow him the space Rod.

Anonymous said...

Good lord. Go back to the hole you crawled out of, Bruce.

Anonymous said...

Garbage article from a garbge columnist. Period.

Anonymous said...

Has Trudeau gone to a CFL game this year?

Anonymous said...

Interesting opinion! He will no doubt soon be arrested and subjected to re-programing! Perhaps sent to the gulag! All hail our glorious king!

Anonymous said...

Lines right up with Pedersen's bigoted view. That's why it's published on here. I feel sorry for Luc...

Anonymous said...

Such an ignorant article. Very surprising you posted this Rod.

What's next, you're going to post a confederate flag on here?

Anonymous said...

Human rights aren't political. This article is border-line in the support of discrimination and racism. Be better Rod.

Anonymous said...

Pure trash. What year is it again?

Anonymous said...

You are basically enabling racism with this article Rod. Great work. SMH.

Anonymous said...

Diversity is Strength has been a slogan in the labour movement in its workplace campaigns for equality in the workplace and against racial harassment for many years, long before Trudeau. Perfect time for the CFL to promote diversity as a positive force in the face of rising hate crime here and abroad.

Anonymous said...

Its hard to get away from Trudeau as wherever there is a camera he is there.

Anonymous said...

Animal Farm - It's the left that have been rioting and vandalizing campuses across the USA for decades to prevent right wing speakers from expressing their view point (most recently Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkley just to name two, but there are plenty more)

If you want a real life interactive example of the left's disregard for free speech, just Google "Trump signs vandalized", click on images and add them up, then do the same for "Hillary signs vandalized".

That math indicates the absolute truth in the matter.

Anonymous said...

Aren't we all high and mighty.....god forbid someone has an opinion that isn't the same as ours.....we should run this guy right out of town, that will show everyone how understanding we are of diversity in people and opinions. In fact beat him.....that way everyone will fall into line with the same thinking. Wow is all a person can say about the comments on here...if you don't agree with me you must be racist...that seems to be the response to every situation today.

Ed Driver said...

Ah this isn't the first time this creep CFL hater has taken an opportunity to rag the CFL .

I am a politics junky and I never related the two things .
Dowbiggin would pay $20 to watch any flames player take a dump through a keyhole in a port potty , but takes any/every opportunity, real or imagined to crap on the CFL .

Actualy , I think Rod posted this to exhibit the stupidity out there towards the CFL .

There's nothing there Brucebiggin , now go wash that _ _ _ P ( stuff )off your face .
He's one reason I hate the flame outs .

Anonymous said...

Bruce Dowbiggin is right on the money! This political correct BS is getting out of hand.

Anonymous said...

I see someone just renewed their subscription to the Rebel.

Robert said...

We may or may not agree with the article written by Bruce. That is the great thing about Canada the freedom of speech is protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. If you are an individual that does not even want to hear opposing points of view, then it is you that has the problem not Bruce.

The willingness of some to try and stifle different points of view is scary. Over 118,000 Canadians paid the ultimate price for us to have the freedoms we enjoy today. We can not let their sacrifice to go in vain just because some people do not want to hear differing points of view.

To summarize, just grow up and welcome to the real world. It may not be a the safe place that you are used to but that is the joy of living in a free society.

Anonymous said...

Kaepernick crapped in his own nest. Maybe he should send the millions he's been paid to help out the cause but no, he wants to keep it.

Anonymous said...

Bruce asserts that the notion or slogan "Diversity is Strength" is, in his words "an endorsement of changing the very underlying values of a society".

What is he getting at?? Are immigrants from New Zealand like Luc Mullinder or a CFL lineman with roots in Lebanon like Mike Abou-Mechrek up too no good!! - a threat to Canada's Judaeo-Christan "values" or its sporting life.

Is he suggesting something evil is afoot by efforts to reduce discrimination toward LGBT people and people who are born outside of Canada who might not share his religion or skin colour?

I never heard of this Bruce fellow before, but his rant seems more than a tad nutty and perhaps it best he crawl back into his hole with his "Diversity is our Demise" t-shirt.

Enoughwithhate said...

Rod. Goodbye. You've been inserting your ignorant and bigeted views into what was once quality sports entertainment.Especially from someone that has so much exposure to to the diversity of the NFL.i wish you well

SK_Roughie said...

The thing about Colin Kapernick is that sure he could be a starting QB in the NFL. He could even be a really good back up, but at what cost. He would be highly over paid because he is a marginal QB who hasn't consistently started over 2 years. Really doesn't give much to the passing game. He is taking a roster spot for a QB fresh out of college, Where year after year the players get stronger and stronger. He is a scrambling QB, which other then a QB like Vick won't do much to bring you a championship in the NFL. He has forgone his idea of team unity because he put his ideals before the rest of his teammates who game in and game out put their bodies and brains on the line for the people of the nation and beyond. If he wants a platform run for office in California, otherwise step aside.

Anonymous said...

Why how "tolerant" you are someone voices their opinion and you crap your pants...do us all a favour and go hug a porcupine.

Anonymous said...

I can't tolerate greasy gophers! Dump Gainer!

Anonymous said...

No one is trying to stifle anyone's free speech here, but boy this article is about the most fake "news" story I've ever read. If you follow Dowbiggan's blog or his Twitter, you'll know he's a pro-Trump, MAGA supporter. Most be hard days for guys like him, since Trump's presidency so far is a bigger grease fire than even his harshest critics imagined.

And if this article reflects Rod's personal opinion, then that's a shame and his esteem in my eyes has fallen a couple of notches. As someone else stated earlier, I wonder what his broadcast partner (a native New Zealander of Maori descent) would think of this opinion?

Anonymous said...

He makes a good point. I would love if those involved in sports entertainment stuck to entertaining. Keep it shut about your politics and play the game!

On second thought, maybe this is a ploy by the CFL to try to bring in ticket buyers who are currently at the soccer games in Van and To?? (bad joke)

Rob in Stoon

Anonymous said...

I heard Gainer was actually Muslim, Transgender and voted for Trudeau! Is that true?

Anonymous said...

This writer is pure trash

Anonymous said...

I'd just like to point out that the purpose of the article is not to be left/right wing (although you can infer bias), it's to ... ah forget it, yer all idiots!