Emma Roberts isn’t the only famous person who got meta this Halloween weekend. Apparently, Sum 41′s Deryck Whibley and his girlfriend Ari Cooper celebrated the holiday by dressing as Avril Lavigne — Whibley’s ex-wife — and her fiance, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. (That’s Whibley as Lavigne; Cooper as Kroeger.) Talk about storming through a party like your name was El Niño! READ FULL STORY »
Tag: Things That Are Canadian (1-5 of 5)
It takes a lot to anger agreeable Canadians — but when Ben Affleck’s Argo premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month, the movie managed to do just that.
Argo tells the true story of how six American citizens were successfully rescued from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. Canucks were mildly upset to find that the film paints the CIA as heroes while downplaying the role of Canadians stationed at their Iranian embassy, which sheltered the Americans for months. Director Affleck took their criticism to heart, adding a new postscript to the film that specifies that the CIA’s involvement in the rescue was a “complement” to the Canadian efforts.
But even though they expressed outrage — affably, I’m sure — our neighbors to the north can’t have been surprised to see their homeland getting the short shrift from Hollywood. Any time the nation is mentioned in an American movie or TV show, stereotype-filled jokes about hockey, beavers, and, er, excessive politeness are sure to follow. So in honor of the Argo kerfuffle, let’s take a look back at some of American pop culture’s greatest insults to Canada. It’s a pretty good list, eh?
Breaking news: All of our neighbors to the north are apparently related to each other. At least, the famous ones are. Ancestry.com’s genealogical genies have discovered that Justin Bieber shares blood with a cadre of Canadian stars including Belleville, Ontario native Avril Lavigne, Québécois Celine Dion, and Ryan Gosling — who, like Bieber, was born in London. No, not that London.
The links are distant, but they’re there. As the Associated Press summarizes, Bieber and the Crazy, Stupid, Love star are 11th cousins once removed. He and the sk8er grrrl are 12th cousins. All three share two common relatives — a pair of French-born Quebec settlers who were born in the early 1600s. The man, Mathurin Roy, was a twinkly-eyed heartthrob who found himself the subject of the first hand-drawn memes. (“Salut, mademoiselle.“) The woman, Marguerite Bire, bought all her clothes at the 17th century version of Hot Topic and died when her proto-flatiron burst into flames.
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles say “booyakasha” instead of “cowabunga.” The producer of The Smurfs has set his sights on ALF. And, oh yeah, the adorable beluga whale who inspired Raffi’s immortal tune “Baby Beluga” is dead in the water. Is nothing sacred anymore?!
Raffi Cavoukian met Kavna the whale at the Vancouver Aquarium in 1979. He thought she was a “magnificent creature”: “The folks at the aquarium brought me to poolside and the trainer helped me to play with Kavna. Kavna even came out of the water and placed a gentle, graceful kiss on my cheek and I couldn’t stop talking about it for a couple of weeks,” he told Vancouver’s News 1130 earlier this week. READ FULL STORY »
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