Friday, June 15, 2007
LA Dodgers eject Canadian flag wavers
I meant to blog about this when I saw it on Torontoist a few days ago but am catching up now. A Blue Jays fan waves a Maple Leaf at Dodger Stadium and gets hassled. Various Canadian expats get stroppy with the rent-a-goon.
Apparently being cosy with the Governator, bolthole for their soldiers and the largest source of their oil imports still gets the Canadian flag classified as "a sign or a banner", as a Dodger VP (one of a hundred, no doubt) tries to justify it. A couple of fans were chucked out and a few others left in solidarity.
Apparently the US flag is also banned - a clear case of justifying a stupid policy with a stupider (and puzzling given the mawkish wrapping in the flag American sports teams do so frequently).
I'm all for restrictions at certain times and places - like Belfast Giants hockey team banning flags and especially Celtic and Rangers jerseys, but this was very irritating when Canada puts up a bunch of securocratic crap from the US - no fly lists and so on - and are putting their sons and daughters on the line in Afghanistan (as the rent-a-goon was reminded). There's a border between us, not a damn Peace Line.