Trudeau appearance at Juno Awards leads into statutory rape joke

Liberal PM Justin Trudeau never misses an opportunity to put himself squarely in the limelight but his latest narcissistic appearance at this year’s Juno Awards has now associated him with a sick joke about having sex with young girls:

Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters kicked off the Juno Awards on Sunday night with a little help from Justin Trudeau.

The show opened with a skit set backstage and Peters being waved into Adams’s green room. An incredulous Peters is told Adams is on the phone with the prime minister and the rock star exclaims: “I’m Bryan (expletive) Adams.”

The scene ended with Trudeau requesting that Adams play “Summer of ’69” on the show.

“I love that song,” the prime minister proclaimed.

Peters followed with a somewhat off-colour opening monologue in which he proclaimed the audience of young girls was a “felony waiting to happen,” (see here)

Keep in mind that Trudeau is a self-declared feminist so there should be no doubt that the media will be asking him about Peters’ joke and whether statutory rape is funny, right?

 

Update: Trudeau was sitting with his wife and young daughter when Peters made his joke

Update: Liberal heritage minister condemns Peters:

Comments made by comedian Russell Peters while hosting the Junos on Sunday night are not welcome by Heritage Minister Melanie Joly.

Peters, who hosted the music awards ceremony in Ottawa along with musician Bryan Adams, called the minister “hot” before introducing her on stage.

He also commented on the number of young women in the audience, suggesting it was a “felony waiting to happen.”

Joly says Peters’ comments were clearly inappropriate, adding this type of humour does not have a place at the Junos. (see here)

My complaint to the CBC Ombudsman on omission of Scott Gilmore’s conflict of interest

 

Esther Enkin, CBC Ombudsman

As the nation’s public broadcaster, the CBC has an obligation to inform their readers, viewers and listeners of any conflicts of interests of guests they interview and in the case of not disclosing the spousal relationship of Scott Gilmore who appeared on The Current hosted by Laura Lynch Mar 31, 2017 in a segment titled “It’s time for red and blue Tories to part ways, says Conservative Party member” the CBC failed their own journalistic standards.

Not once in the entire segment was it mentioned Gilmore is married to Liberal cabinet minister Catherine Mckenna, not even when the host Laura Lynch summed up the guests’ bios:  “Scott Gilmore is a national columnist at Maclean’s magazine, a contributor to the Boston Globe and a conservative party member. He’s in Ottawa.”

It’s not possible for everyone involved in this CBC radio show to have been unaware of his blatant conflict of interest and it’s reasonable to conclude this information was intentionally hidden by the host and producers in order to aid his attack on the Conservative Party.

A public apology and correction must be issued by the CBC, the show’s producers and host explain their roles in hiding Gilmore’s conflict of interest and the CBC must clarify to all employees that this type of unethical journalism will not be tolerated.

Regards
Dean Skoreyko

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