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Two minutes of politics, November 30 by Brigitte Pellerin

Nov 30, 2011

Source: Brigitte Pellerin Online

I'm a Sun girl who has been very publicly critical of CBC/Radio-Canada. So that obviously must mean I’m vulgar and lack culture. Right?

That seems to be what the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting think. They just launched a campaign yesterday to Stop the CBC Smackdown, saying that “CBC budget cuts could undermine the Conservatives’ new-found trust on matters related to culture and put them at odds with a majority of their own base.”

A couple of things. First of all, that the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting – who describe themselves as an independent watchdog – feel like it is their duty to ride to the rescue of the CBC is puzzling. There is more to Canadian broadcasting than the CBC… It’s true that CBC/Radio-Canada enjoys the support of a lot of Canadians, and that really wouldn’t bother me at all if I wasn’t forced to pay for it.

Secondly, I am sick and tired of people equating support for and generous public financing of the CBC with the promotion of Canadian identity and culture. Canadian culture is as varied as Canadians themselves – there is everything in it, high-brow, low-brow, no-brow. The Canadian cultural scene is a big giant mess of stuff, and nobody has a monopoly on it. There is something for everyone, and that’s as it should be. Canadian culture belongs to every Canadian, not just those who love the CBC.

But most of all, what annoys me about the Friends’ campaign is the “worst-case scenario” videos they released yesterday, in which the CBC is purchased by an American wrestling promoter who is – of course! – a loud moron who understands nothing that doesn’t have a dollar sign in front of it. Which, as our Kris Sims reports, did anger Canadian wrestling legend Bret Hart, who would appreciate some recognition that wrestling is a major part of Canadian culture.

The Stop the CBC Smackdown campaign is remarkably uncouth and vulgar, considering how high-brow the folks behind it like to think they are. It’s a shame, really. Canadian culture deserves better.

© Brigitte Pellerin Online