Um, the article’s by me, not the anthem, eh? In a scene right out of Monty Python’s The Holy Grail Stephen Harper’s Throne Speech last week forcefully imposed a Parliamentary review of the nation’s national anthem. Two days later, after over 80% of Canadians polled dissed the idea, Harper changed his mind. It must have kinda gone like this:
Minstrel: [singing] Brave Sir Robin ran away…
Sir Robin: *No!*
Minstrel: [singing] bravely ran away away…
Sir Robin: *I didn’t!*
Minstrel: [singing] When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled.
Sir Robin: *I never did!*
Minstrel: [singing] Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about, and valiantly, he chickened out.
Sir Robin: *Oh, you liars!*
Minstrel: [singing] Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat. A brave retreat by brave Sir Robin.
It was a most unusual tour de poulet for the Conservative government. After all, they’d taken 3 months off from Parliamentary proceedings to “recalibrate” their agenda. And this was the bold(?) result. Change the national anthem?
The change to the anthem was an odd undertaking. Canada’s anthem is one of those things that make you wanna go “hmmm” because hardly anybody knows the words:
Our home hmmm hmmmm hmmmm hmmmm
True patriot hmmmm
In all thy hmmmm hmmmm hmmmmm…
In fact, many Canadians were listening closely when Canada won 14 gold medals at the Olympics to see what the bloody lyrics actually were. If you watched, you learned Canadian athletes could win medals…but they sure as hell couldn’t sing anthems*.
The idea to change the anthem to more gender-neutral language from hmmmm hmmmmm hmmmmm – just kidding – from “In all thy sons command” came from Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth. Yep she wanted to see “the role women and girls play in Canada today” reflected in the anthem.
When Steve-O reversed himself – ran away from the backlash, as it were – Ruth was quoted as saying “If there’s been such a backlash, then this is another example, for me, of hatred against women”.
Hmmmm. Senator Ruth, your idea was a real humdinger (no pun intended) and this is another example, for me, of the need to abolish the Senate.
*To Sing or Not to Sing
An analysis of athletes and anthems, based on NBC’s Internet footage of the gold-medal ceremonies for 33 Olympians:
|Sang part of song||18.2%|
|Sang all of song||21.2%|
|Those who sang part of the song, by gender:|
Number of athletes who sang all of their anthem, by country*:
|2 of 3||1 of 3||0 of 3||0 of 3||0 of 3||0 of 3||0 of 6|