Okay, I've never posted a genuine complaint in here before. But, THIS is the mother of all complaints.
Before I begin, understand that this is not a personal attack on Americans as a whole. I realize that there are kind and ignorant individuals from every country. In fact, I adore Balladeer, Poet Devine, Nan, Sven, Janet Marie, Larry C, etc, all of which are American. So, believe me when I say I don't want to point the finger or insult an innocent person.
However, in this case, many Canadians as well as myself have every right to be dissapointed in and angry with the crass New Yorkers who disrespected my country.
Briefly, as many here may already know, a few nights ago the Toronto Maple Leafs played against the NY Islanders in their state. Well, it seems that those particular New Yorkers felt like being children and decided to boo during the Canadian national anthem.
Their lame excuse was 'it was against the players, not towards Canada." Well, do me a favour and save that load of bs for someone who isn't a simpleton! If you have any sort of bitterness towards certain players you NEVER take out your frustration on them during another country's national anthem! That is unbelieveably disrespectful. What planet are you people from? Does common sense and decency even exist in your world? And, even the point that 'it was against the players' isn't even valid enough. The players did nothing wrong, their only fault was that they won the previous two games. Oooooh, heaven forbid! How dare a Canadian team defeat an American team. Note the damn sarcasm.
And then, to make things worse, on Monday, when the Toronto Raptors played against Detroit, the same immature thing occured. The Americans booed during the Canadian national anthem. Number one, the Raptors lost the previous games, so there was no reason for the American audience to hold a grudge! There obviously was no anger towards the players, so was is the deal?!
What I find humourous and truly pathetic is, you'd think that New Yorkers of all people would not be so callous as to treat another country like dirt, considering the terrorist attacks. What ever happened to compassion and respect? May I remind those particular Americans that Canada came to the rescue of the states immediately after the attacks.
We donated large amounts of money (and I mean LARGE amounts), many of us flocked to the red cross to donate blood. When many of the passengers from the flights on Sept. 11 were stranded in Canada, many of us took them into our homes. And, of course, President Bush acknowledged and thanked several nations, but, overlooked us, because we're 'neighbours' and it goes without saying. Puh-leeease! Yet another lame excuse. And may I remind these certain Americans that last week four Canadian soldiers were killed and eight were injured as a result of an American 'friendly fire' in Afghanistan. I won't comment on that, I'm sure you can read my mind already.
Yes, many Canadians are taking the 'booing' very personal!
My mom and I own our own business and we have many tourists as customers, those from England, Austrailia, Greece, etc. And they adore Canada, but, you'd be shocked at the negative remarks they make against Americans. And trust me, whenever any American is rude to any other country, especially Canada, the whole world learns about it. And they look down upon the states even more. Sorry, if I'm straying off topic. But, this point needed to be known.
Get over yourself! Welcome to a new reality. Canada as well as the rest of the world will not tolerate your global bullying and arrogance anymore.
Plain and simple these particular Americans are completely at fault. Basically, it's jealousy on their part. I notice that certain Americans show their claws when they feel threatened. Give it up! Grow up! And you owe us a SINCERE apology!
Now, the NY islanders are playing in Toronto tonight against the Maple Leafs and rumour has it that the Canadians will boo during the American national anthem to give them a taste of their own medicine. Honestly, I feel that two wrongs don't make a right. However, perhaps just this once we should boo to show those particular Americans that Canada will not take their crap!
Thus endeth my beef!