I was flipping around tonight and saw Irish rock star Chris de Burgh singing on Star Académie, the popular Quebec singing competition on TVA.
After singing Don't Pay the Ferryman, host Julie Snyder interviewed de Burgh in English and French. Chris de Burgh understands French and speaks it decently. He's no Jodie Foster. But he's okay for a guy from Ireland.
I'm not sure if Snyder was trying to suck up or if she harbours deep-seated resentments, but she said to the audience: Wow. Finalement un anglophone qui sait comment parler francais comme-il-faut.
Imagine what would happened if Canadian Idol host Ben Mulroney had made a comparable comment to French singer Charles Aznavour. The Quebec unions and the St. John the Baptist Society would be in the streets protesting this provocation. CTV would be issuing on-air apologies. (Remember what happened when Triumph the Insult Comic Dog visited Quebec City?)
Yet, Snyder's disparaging comments about the proficiency of Quebec's English-speakers' abilities in French won't even be noticed in Quebec.
For the record, Julie Snyder's English sucks raw open ass. She admitted as much when she made the self-evident claim that his French is better than her English. Duh. In fact, my favourite part of the interview was when Snyder touched de Burgh and then said (in hinglish): "I'm not gonna to wash tonight." A little too much information, Julie.