When I read that line beneath the photo of a bare chested Justin Trudeau standing beside a bare chested Patrick Brazeau, I thought, "oh no, not now." That was years ago. Why is it coming up now?
The answer - JT is drawn to publicity like a moth to a Coleman lantern. In his recent Rolling Stone interview the Dauphin was asked about his boxing match with the Tory senator.
“It wasn’t random,” Trudeau told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview published this week. “I wanted someone who would be a good foil, and we stumbled upon the scrappy tough-guy senator from an indigenous community. He fit the bill, and it was a very nice counterpoint. I saw it as the right kind of narrative, the right story to tell.”
The comments – part of a 6,800-word August cover story on the prime minister – sparked immediate reaction. “So ‘privileged white guy beats up Indian’ was the ‘right kind of narrative?’ Seriously?” wrote one person on Twitter, while another noted: “White guy in power & entitlement looks 4 an #Indigenous human to beat up so he looks like a strong white dude. How precious & colonial supreme.”
Others pointed to Trudeau’s much vaunted commitments to diversity and tackling the deep-rooted inequities facing many indigenous peoples in Canada. “What is up @JustinTrudeau after all your talk of inclusion you brag about beating up a guy with the issues you swore to address,” tweeted one.
Another said: “Trudeau literally using indigenous people as political props.”
Okay Cap'n Cuddly you stepped in it this time. They don't know that there's less to you than meets the eye. Why not just leave it that way?