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July 22, 2005

Rain on your parade


Miss Universe, Natalie Glebova, was briefly barred from opening an event in the square outside Toronto city hall thanks to a fifteen year old city ordinance. Some folks think this displayed an unwarranted hypocrisy considering the skin on display at Toronto Pride. In fact, it only demonstrated the left-wing prudes had one last gasp in them at City Hall while the right-wing prudes on "the internet" have lost their fight to keep people from having fun at Pride. This blog has been attacked by prudes of the right and prudes of the left so I can relate to Miss Universe even if I will never remotely resemble her in a sash and tiara.

I hate to break up the, ahem, parade in comments to this scandalized post at Small Dead Animals but the Mayor of Toronto has apologized and made it clear Ms. Glebova is welcome.

City officials cited a by-law which prohibits activities encouraging sexual stereotyping and degradation. But city mayor David Miller admitted they had gone too far.

"It's unfortunate, and silly and won't happen again," he told reporters.

So that makes Toronto intellectually and politically consistent on this subject. Which is more than I can say for many of the comments to Kate's post or, for that matter, the rest of Canada which apparently still has a lot to learn from downtown Toronto. Seriously folks, in a world where religious maniacs want to blow us to kingdom come, if you think this stuff is worth getting het up about (ha ha, I make joke) you need to get your priorities straight (har har, I slay me).

Those advocating a "Straight Pride Day" should consider the unfortunate resonance the demand has with those of scandalized folks who want a "White Pride" alternative to Black History Week. That said, the Flea says the sooner we have a Toronto Mardi Gras the better. It would be a cross to bear but if bare-breasted women in the streets and a Canadian version of the Hurricane are what it takes to quiet the anti-Pride lobby I imagine Toronto can shoulder the burden.

Update: Canadians exhibiting a natural curiosity about our winning Miss Universe entrant may want to peruse these images of Natalie Glebova doing various bikini and elephant related good deeds (and be sure not to miss Glebova's commentary on Toronto Bollywood fashion through that Miss Universe link).

Update: I think I have figured out the problem. All those socons sit transfixed at their computers obsessing over images of Pride and dangerous erototoxins have deranged their reasoning processes! Best not to keep looking and mind their own business lest they get over-erototoxed (via Instapundit).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 22, 2005 07:54 AM

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You in a sash and tiara? My eyes! They burn!

*runs for cover!* ;)

Posted by: Damian [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 22, 2005 10:10 AM

I will have you know I was recently compared to Strawberry Shortcake.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 22, 2005 01:28 PM

Now her in a sash and tiara, I could handle. Yowza.

Mmmmm...Strawberry Shortcake...yummmmm...

You're pretty, Flea, but you're no Shortcake.

Posted by: Damian [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 22, 2005 02:43 PM

Aboot the comments on SDA: are those people whacked out, or what? The scariest was that Lickmuffin fellow, who implied that he didn't like beer.

Posted by: Lickmuffin [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 22, 2005 03:19 PM

That Luckmiffin dude is seriously whacked out. Or should be whacked, anyway.

The mental image of Nick Packwood in a sash and tiara does unpleasant things to my sense of what is right and proper in the world. Of course, <Wash mode>A man walks down the street in that sash and tiara, people know he's not afraid of anything.</Wash mode>

Posted by: Nicholas [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 22, 2005 03:42 PM