I was at a football game yesterday afternoon (a fine place to be on a fine afternoon) and, as per usual, just before opening kick-off we were asked to stand for the singing of the national anthem. A children’s choir had assembled on the field and, with an encouraging nod from their cotton-haired conductor, they began singing with mellifluous, slightly tremulous harmonies (and the occasional very anglicised French word). However, towards the end of the song, there was the sound of something neither melodious nor timid: there were boos drowning out the sound of the children’s voices.
I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve been to an event where our anthem is sung, because apparently it has become normal for people to boo in response to the word “God” in the song.
There are so many things I could say to that, but I will limit myself to just two :
1. Canada is a glorious and free country. You would think Canadians would be thankful if someone was contributing to the upkeep of their country, since the majority of them do absolutely nothing to appreciate or contribute to the amazing freedoms and opportunities offered to them here.
2. It’s a kids’ choir, assholes. If you want to make a statement, make one a little more intelligent than : “I’m going to publicly humiliate a nine-year old.”