Thursday, March 25, 2010

One Bad Party

Note: A commentator on this site pointed me towards this story featuring good ol’ Saskatchewan. It’s a bit late coming but, by popular demand….
Where were you when the planes hit the Twin Towers on 9/11? I bet it wasn’t partying down at a pig roast…. that is, unless you live in Martensville, Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix - Sask. Party burned by 9/11 image


The story is this: someone in the Sask Party constituency association for Martensville released a poster for a fundraiser featuring an image of the 9/11 World Trade Center exploding just as the second plane hit it. The kicker was that–get ready for it—the event was a pig roast for a firefighter who survived the attacks.

I know Saskatchewan is a long way from New York and Afghanistan but the stupidity of this defies logic. They might as well have used the slogan “We’ll have a real knock-em down good time,” or “Get fired up with us,” or “Come go hog-wild at this barn-burner.” And the people at the Star Phoenix are no better by going with the headline “Sask. Party burned by 9/11 image.” Once again, I am reminded why the Star Phoenix is the Daniel Baldwin of the Canwest media empire family: thin on talent and not-so pretty to look at.

Personally, I don’t think any image of 9/11 is suitable for any advertising (unless you are trying to sell air mile Visa cards to Al-Qaeda) but this is Saskatchewan after all. Martensville for that matter –which essentially is a suburb of Saskatoon that provides absolutely nothing memorable to see or stop at as you drive your Sunfire north to Waskesu. Well Martensville, you’re officially on the map now! This means that they will now have to put up a giant roadside attraction. Let’s hope they learned a lesson and it has nothing to do with 9/11.

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