Friday, January 30, 2009

The Tories' "gotcha" moment...

...and just look at who's doing the getting.

Warren Kinsella has come in for a spanking because of a silly comment he made about going to his favourite Ottawa Chinese restaurant and ordering up some "BBQ cat." Not his finest moment, certainly, and I can well understand some folks in the Chinese community being upset, although Warren obviously relished the dish himself. An apology, certainly, would have been in order,* and that would have been that.

Except, of course, that it wouldn't have. Because we in the blogosphere have upstanding unbigoted folks like Ezra Levant and Kate McMillan** to be all over this like, well, white on rice. (At least Kathy Shaidle avoids the faux-outrage thing, which is probably just as well.)

And now a Conservative MP, Alice Wong, has apparently leapt into action. Of course, she has every right to be concerned by Kinsella's comment. But at this point, I'm beginning to think that the well-worn phrase "Pot. Kettle. Black." needs a soot-measuring corollary for comparison purposes.

*UPDATE: In fact Kinsella did apologize, in Chinese and English, here (see comments).

[H/t Devo]

**UPPERDATE: Yes, that Kate McMillan. Nice catch, Kaplan.

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