Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Get this Guy a Radio Talkshow, Stat!

A Progressive Conservative MLA in Alberta apologized for remarks that went beyond bad taste and into the realm of #fail. According to the CBC, Doug Elniski representing Edmonton-Calder blogged these pearls of wisdom, as advice to women::
"Ladies, always smile when you walk into a room, there is nothing a man wants less than a woman scowling because he thinks he is going to get s--t for something and has no idea what...Men are attracted to smiles, so smile, don't give me that 'treated equal' stuff. If you want Equal, it comes in little packages at Starbuck's."
Go ahead, push it. That's what it's there for.

The blog is gone, but this blogger found that it lives on thanks to Google cache {look under Grad Speeches}. This wasn't part of any speech he gave, but Elniski said the line was lifted from a comedian. The NDP responded, as MLA Rachel Notley {Edmonton-Strathcona} called him out. At least change the lifted joke to a Canadian chain. He can start with this off-colour joke that uses Tim Horton's. He was under fire from the gay community last week for some tweets on Twitter he made from Edmonton's Pride Parade, including::
"I am surrounded by bumping and grinding lesbians"

"that guy has size-14 stilettos."
He apologized for both, which really kills the buzz for the LOLs. Well, for a newbie MLA who barely won the election {178 votes out of 11,127 cast}, these faux pas are undermining his own cause. Yet another Web 2.0 cautionary tale. Is all of this a bit too harsh or is this politics as usual? I think being an elected official does mean that your every word is scrutinized and Web 2.0 makes your mistakes easy for your detractors to pounce on. These comments are lame and chronically unfunny. I must say he does have a curious Twitter bio. for a Progressive Conservative:: "It is natures irony that my efforts to usurp authority should result in my being one," but speaks to his personality. I think this guy might be better suited for a career in radio. Maybe something like this::

Twitterversion:: #newblogpost #Alberta MLA inserts foot in mouth w/cribbed joke. #Canada #Politics #Fail http://url.ie/1wen @Prof_K

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