Playing the “outrage” game tends to backfire.
Yesterday, Liberal MP Sherry Romanado attempted to turn a poorly-received joke by James Bezan into a political scandal.
The attempt widely backfired, as the reaction by Canadians on social media was generally critical of Romanado.
Many pointed out that while Bezan’s comment may have been a dumb joke, it certainly wasn’t a big political issue.
Others questioned why it was brought up on the same day Trudeau miserably failed in China, even though it stemmed from months ago.
Further, people pointed out that almost everybody has made some dumb comments at one time or another, including Sherry Romanado herself.
As reported by Le Journal de Montréal, Romanado made comments that came to light in the 2015 campaign that were seen as offensive to overweight people. Screenshots of the comments, as also reported by the Prince Arthur Herald, can be seen below:
Of course, I don’t think she should resign or get in trouble for those comments. They were dumb remarks, and we all say dumb things.
However, if she is going to try and create a political scandal out of Bezan’s bad joke – in what seems to be a clear attempt to distract from Trudeau’s terrible China failure – then it’s no surprise that people would criticize her past insulting comments towards overweight people.
Romanado’s comments aren’t any more extreme than things everybody has said or thought in private, just as many people make dumb jokes like Bezan did.
Neither of them should lose their jobs.
There is such a thing as being far too sensitive as a society, and we are certainly heading in that direction. That’s why it’s time for common-sense to make a comeback.
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