Wednesday, July 20, 2005

An individual of note

I don't know why this caught my eye or even where I first saw it, but it is the ridiculous item of the day.

Miss Universe, 23-year-old Natalie Glebova, native of Toronto, Canada, was not allowed to open the Tastes of Thailand festival in Toronto last weekend. This in spite of the fact that she won the title in Thailand and was appointed an honorary Thai ambassador just for the occasion.

According to a city bylaw, "activities which degrade men or women through sexual stereotyping, or exploit the bodies of men, women, boys or girls solely for the purpose of attracting attention," are not permitted on Nathan Phillips Square, site of the festival.

Glebova could still open the festival, organizers were told, but under strict conditions. She couldn't wear her sash or tiara, and couldn't be referred to as either Miss Universe or a beauty queen (no sash or tiara? Does that mean that she could attend naked? That would be cool. I would fly to Toronto to see that).

Instead, organizers were told, they could refer to her as "an individual of note contributing to our community." What will our neighbors to the north think of next?

This did not stop them, of course, from celebrating things like Gay Pride Week at the end of June. This from the Toronto Gay Pride Week website.
A special thank you to Councillor Kyle Rae, Mayor David Miller and everyone at The City of Toronto for all their support. Also special thanks to Minister Bill Graham for going over and above the call of duty.
So, if I read all this correctly, the city of Toronto, Canada will not permit any activities which degrade men or women through heterosexual stereotyping. Okay, I guess.


Other individuals of note: Proud To Be Canadian (with photos of what the Toronto city government does not consider sexual sterotyping), Kate at OTB, The Urban Grind, Michelle Malkin, Chowz World, Small Dead Animals, Robert Phillips, Quotulatiousness, Myopic Zeal, Special Sauce (God help Canada), Gods of the Copybook Heading, Mitchieville, Arthur Chrenkoff, Coalition of the Swilling

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