Thursday, June 16, 2011

I am Canadian. I am Embarrassed.

Alright, so we lost.

That doesn't even really matter right now. I admit that I never invested very heavy emotion into this series. Regardless, any disappointment in the loss is severely overshadowed by disgust in what followed in Vancouver last night.

I turned off the t.v. And went for a walk with a friend. I'm glad to say that every fan I know, personally, handled themselves with decorum, even congratulating Boston. Unfortunately, the gathered "fans" in Vancouver's streets had other ideas.

I'm embarrassed for Vancouver. They're going to have reason to wake up hungover and embarrassed for themselves. It's a beautiful city. I know that what I say won't have any neutralizing affect on international headlines but I want to say that the vast majority of us are appalled, anyway.

Maybe Canada needs to learn what it is to have something worth rioting about. Because apparently some of us think our tax dollars and reputation are worth burning away with RCMP cruisers and frustration of a lost hockey game.


Tabs A. Geek said...

Crazy... you and I posted about the same thing at almost the exact same time.

I don't know where any of my friends that are Canucks fans were, because I haven't spoken to them yet, but I should hope that they were not part of that.

It's such a shame that people can be so.... UGH! (I'm so frustrated and angry about it I can't even think of a word) to do such a thing.

Allison said...

Yeah, these images are reminiscent of those from Toronto last summer during the G20. While I didn't think that rioting was necessary either, I feel like it was at least politically charged - not over a sporting event.

Those involved in the fires and riots do not reflect our country as a whole.

I may have uttered "F*#king Boston" when I switched off the TV, but I went to bed thinking, "Oh well, there's always next year."

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Anonymous said...

I'm not a hockey person, I never have been. It's not my kind of sport - but I will say this. I was disgusted with the news footage that I saw. It made me, like you, embarrassed.

It's just a game. I see it as that and only that. Some people might not agree and that's ok, but that's how I view it. So we lost. Going around and causing damage etc isn't very smart.

I also saw people who were breaking car windows, stealing stuff and then smiling for the camera. I don't even know what else to say.

Maybe time behind bars will teach them a lesson or a heavy fine.

Either way, this was beyond embarrassing.

Martina said...

It really is an embarrassment to the country as a whole and really quite unfortunate considering the media fallout of the events. The way Canadians are veiwed on a global scale will be affected and likely not in a positive light.

Even though no one I know or myself were involved in any of the acts it is still unbelievably embarrassing to say that I am Canadian right now because of this; something I am usually incredibly proud of.

Toni Rose said...

i saw this post on tab's blog too!

Atley said...

Ha! I never would have guessed Canada would have rioted... but I guess you get enough beer and anger. LOL

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