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Blame Canada!

Posted by ALmod on March 24, 2009

All this talk of Fox News and the incident at Red Eye got me to thinking about some of the better segments from The Daily Show regarding Canada.  They usually feature (Canadian couple) Samantha Bee and/or Jason Jones.

So here we go with a segment from back in December:

Part 1

Part 2

And poking fun of Obama’s visit in February (and his Iowa/Ottawa slip-up):

There are two distinct differences between these segments and what appeared on Fox News.  First and foremost, there are no smarmy jabs at the Canadian military and/or their service. Second, this is not a program that could ever be mistaken as a news show.  Beyond that, there are a few other things.  It pokes fun at our own country in addition to Canada (and India and the UK).  The jabs are rather light-hearted and do not negatively portray Canada.  There is not a general “we’re better than you” attitude.  Stewart, Bee, Mandvi, and Oliver all actually know about Canadian culture and don’t rely solely on stereotypes for humor.  Rather, they seem to focus on differences in culture between the two.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and poke fun at a guildie for buying bags of milk while he pokes fun at me for being a barefoot redneck.


One Response to “Blame Canada!”

  1. I agree… this is totally different than the Fox News embarassment. For one thing, it is actually funny.
    YouTube is also enjoying a flood of response oriented uploads to the story.
    Ok, ok, so I posted one myself too, but simply because I feel everyone seems focused on defending the Canadian military, and I wanted to address them with a thank you too.

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