An American network television show paid lip service to Canada again yesterday, and this country’s media were shouting the news from every rooftop.
The plot of last night’s Simpsons episode centred around a trip to Winnipeg to scam pharmaceuticals for hard-up Springfieldians. And despite the fact that there was little that was actually recognisable about the Canada portrayed (where, good sirs, was the Golden Boy?), The CP and Canada.com, the CBC, and members of the Sun chain were falling all over themselves to herald the fact that for twenty three glorious minutes our nation had been foisted upon the American consciousness.
Granted, recognition from the program in question is a far greater honour than, say, having the cast of According to Jim spend a week in Yellowknife (and no better place for them, really). And the column inches need to be filled. But -and let’s be honest- as soon as 8:30 rolled around last night, Canada’s place in the psyche of Carl in Dubuque had been ably supplanted by thoughts of Jennifer Lopez and the Wendy’s late-night drivethru window.
*We might also have titled this posting “D’oh Canada,” but the odds are good that doing so would have marked us as morons.