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?