We used to and
still do criticize the USA for being pompous
sacks of shit for their bragging. And indeed their poor
sportsmanship was seen in the faces of their female and male
hockey players when they lost to Canada. They are great winners
but poor losers. After all, their mindset is extreme. It's either
win or lose. Black or white. And the USA always wants to see
themselves as winners. Careers are made from it. Win gold and
get your picture on a box of Wheaties.
Win gold and garner corporate endorsements. To the loser
But our change
of attitude, as Canadians, has taken us from the quiet people
to a bunch of boisterous, patriotic
yahoos. It has metamorphosed us from a people with a
semblance of dignity and respect for others into the Americans
whom we love to hate. We have become just as rude, just as disrespectful
of the feelings of others, and just as much the
pig-eyed sacks of shit that we once criticized.
Catherine O'Hara's routine, at the end of the games,
is a point, in fact. Her supposed comedy routine during the closing
ceremonies was embarrassing for me to watch, as a Canadian. It
was crude. And it was rude. It was disrespectful. It was unbecoming.
And it did not represent me, as a Canadian. Perhaps she has lived
too long in the USA, working her career, to remember what being
a Canadian is all about because, to me, she sounded like an American,
like the worst type of American, like an ugly American. In her
attempt to be bi-coastal,
hip, and with it,
in her overcompensation to be American, I am sure that she even
made Americans wince in pain.
I wasn't laughing at her comedic stylings,
and neither was anyone in the stadium. I'm certain that no one
around the world was laughing either.
Once the celebration
quiets, and we all get back to our daily lives, and back to work,
we can reflect beyond our lack of manners that rubbed the faces
of the world in our steaming pile of success. It is one thing
to own the podium. It is another thing entirely to own, brag
about it, and rub the faces of the world in it.
We have behaved
disrespectfully to the rest of the world, in our immature exuberance.
We have behaved like narcissistic children, much like the USA,
in the face of our success. But we should always remember that
things can change in a New York minute.
When we look out at the rest of the world, at the disasters,
we should always remember that there, but for the grace of God,
go we. To brag, as we have been doing, to be loud and obnoxious,
as we have been, is to garner bad karma, and it will come back
to haunt us.
again, Canada. Be modest amid your sports accomplishments. Be
respectful of others. Destiny has a way of knocking the teeth
out of those who think too much of themselves. And we are smiling
a bit too much.