Tuesday, July 19, 2005

When Political Correctness Goes Too Far

My Toronto includes Natalie Glebova (CBC News, Toronto gives Miss Universe cold shoulder):
The city of Toronto, which years ago prevented the Barenaked Ladies from playing at City Hall because of the group's name, has now barred Miss Universe from opening a festival over concerns about sexual stereotyping.
She may still officiate at the ceremony provided she does not wear her tiara, does not wear her sash, nor can she refer to herself as Miss Universe or as a beauty queen. Those are the rules at Red Tiananmen Nathan Phillips Square. To change the rules, requires an amendment to the by-law.

Come on, folks.

Update (July 19, 2005 - 6:34 pm): Toronto Mayor David Miller has overruled the by-law decision (CBC Toronto,
Toronto apology for banning Miss Universe from city hall):
Mayor David Miller issued an apology Tuesday to Miss Universe after the city barred her from opening a festival over concerns about sexual stereotyping.

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Miller said that it was all a mistake and an overreaction on someone's part. "[It's] certainly not the way I read the bylaw," said Miller. "I don't think it's appropriate. She should have been allowed to come to city hall."

"She's from Toronto, we should be proud that somebody from Toronto has won an international competition. I've spoken to the city manager and this kind of interpretation won't happen again."
Thank you, Mr. Miller, and please give that city manager a good throttling.

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