Thursday, October 14, 2010
LE FRANCAIS DE GIONTA: CA CE FAIT MAL
So, this is what it's come to: the Canadiens are so preoccupied with appeasing linguistic sensibilities that they're willing to risk disrupting their captain's pre-game routine for the home opener by having him introduce his teammates in French during the opening ceremonies. I don't know about you, but my ears are still bleeding. Brian Gionta's French made Stephen Harper sound like Charles Aznavour, and no one knew that better than Gionta - a born-and-raised American who was clearly uncomfortable with the task at hand. Imagine being handed a sheet of paper in a language you've never spoken or even studied and told to read it aloud in front of 21 thousand people. It was like something out of Borat, except that Sasha Baron Cohen would have had the good sense to delete the scene. Gionta deserves better than to be subjected to that kind of embarrassment and borderline humiliation. You can kowtow to political correctness and applaud the team for the idea and the captain for giving it the old college try, or you can recognize the spectacle for what it was: cheap pandering at the expense of Brian Gionta's dignity.