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March 15, 2005

Mitsou Gélinas


Not content with borifying "edgy" MuchMusic vj George Stroumboulopoulos, the CBC has now frumpified Mitsou. This chanteuse, whose genius "Bye Bye Mon Cowboy" was the single notable accomplishment of Canadian culture during the 1980s, is now reduced to interviewing elderly folks about their Irish heritage in Quebec or some such. This is a travesty. Thanks, CBC. Thanks for violating my youth.

Get ready for the cultural and political musings of Mitsou Gélinas, the former teen idol who today begins the touchy job of interpreting Quebec for the rest of Canada. As host of the new CBC show Au Courant, Mitsou, now 34, is restyling herself into Quebec's TV ambassador to the nation. Every Saturday afternoon for 30 minutes on Newsworld, her mission will be to give les anglos an inside track on what's really on Quebecers' minds.

"It's a big job and responsibility, I know," admits Mitsou, who exploded on to the airwaves with her 1988 hit "Bye Bye Mon Cowboy" and a steamy music video shot in a Turkish bath that was initially banned from MTV and had many calling her Quebec's home-grown Madonna. "But it's going to be different and fun, no?"

Sadly, no.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 15, 2005 09:04 AM

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But does Ms. Gelinas wear her fishnet stockings and "Bye Bye Mon Cowboy" getup while interviewing the elderly folks? That's the kind of thing Canadians need to know.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 15, 2005 01:58 PM

I worked retail with her in the eighties before her big break. We had a blast. Good times :)

Posted by: Rue [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 15, 2005 09:02 PM