Eugenie Bouchard: A Ray of Sunshine in the Cranky Season


People sure are cranky here these days. Maybe it’s because the temperature is well below zero and the wind is whipping it around making it feel even colder. Or perhaps it’s just the January blahs – no money after the holidays and no spring in sight – then again it could be the fact the Montreal Canadiens are sputtering and can’t seem to get things together, and even worse the Toronto Maple Leafs are on a five game winning streak. Maybe it’s a combination of all those and more.

Aislin
Aislin

Yesterday in Montreal’s The Gazette the editorial cartoon by long-time cartoonist Aislin (Terry Mosher) depicted Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressing the Israeli Knesset with an Israeli flag painted on his face à la many sports fans; the caption was “A bit much, don’t you think?”. Harper is indeed a big fan of Israel; but this cartoon has created a maelstrom of reaction such as this from one reader:

I was horrified upon opening up the Gazette this morning and seeing your insulting and clearly anit-jewish-Israel (sic) caricature of Stephen Harper. I cannot believe my eyes nor your audacity to have this in public view. You will be reminding people of caricatures of jews (sic) depicted in Nazi propaganda that were debased and ridiculed. How dare you. Disgusting and disappointing. My subscription with the Gazette ends today.

Prompting Mosher to respond: “We are all welcome to our own opinions and are entitled to express them. That is why I rarely respond to any criticism of my cartoons. In your letter below, though, I feel I must answer to your reaction to today’s Stephen Harper cartoon. Your outrage is quite frankly – a bit much”. His full reply can be read here.

Meanwhile the commission looking into corruption in the province has resumed after a break with news, garnered from wiretaps, that the unions were considering asking the current Premier Pauline Marois to block the hearings.

Also, public hearings are underway on a proposed bill that, if passed, would restrict the wearing of religious symbols by certain government employees, including teachers and doctors. Much criticism has been levied at the proposal yet it still seems to be accepted by many.

Eugenie Bouchard/ Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press
Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press

Throw into the mix the retirement of much-loved Montreal Alouettes’ quarterback Anthony Calvillo and it’s no wonder folks are cranky. Yet amidst all this a bright ray of sunshine has broken through! Local tennis star Eugenie Bouchard is set to play in the semi-finals at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Her energy and youth are providing a much-needed bright spot on an otherwise dismal winter landscape. Go Genie Go!

MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
Advertisements

One thought on “Eugenie Bouchard: A Ray of Sunshine in the Cranky Season

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s