And it appears there is much out there these days that gives offense, as warrant a little episode here on the Island in the past few weeks.
It’s become pretty standard for bars and restaurants to put out sidewalk signs with (occasionally witty) little tag lines denoting the good times to be had within. During our very successful Gay Pride celebrations Terre Rouge, a restaurant here on Queen Street, put out this sign:
Just as a sidebar this was not the first version of the sign that appeared. That one used the appellation “Newfie” and someone complained so it was changed.
For my friends in less fortunate parts of the world who did not learn “I’se the B’y” in Mr. Hewitt’s grade two music class I will explain that as we travelled across Canada on our musical education just as “Aloutette” represented Québec “I’s the By” was the musical signature of our newest Province (1949).
Now I happen to find this funny but there were people who did not. Several complained that it was “homophobic” and at least one gentleman threw the sign on the street because he saw it as supporting those “godless fruits”. At least they found common ground in being “offended”. Now the irony is that the joke originated with the transgender cook and the manager and communication director of the restaurant are a gay couple.
But in our offending and offensive world it didn’t end there. The following week a staff member came up with this sign:
And you guessed it – someone was offended by the sign about being offended. ‘Tis indeed a mad world, my masters.
August 12th is Middle Child’s Day – time to binge watch Malcom in the Middle????? What ever happened to Dewey?