There has been some controversy in the news this week. Conservative MP Gerry Ritz recently called a cabinet minister “climate Barbie” so we decided to take a greater look at the situation. Upon further research, we were shocked to find the many similarities to the Barbie Doll. So we decided to compile them for you to view at your leisure.
Tweet by @GerryRitzMP that started it all: (now deleted)
A triggered @CathMcKenna responds:
Do you use that sexist language about your daughter, mother, sister? We need more women in politics. Your sexist comments won’t stop us. https://t.co/WVMnm7EyEY
— Catherine McKenna (@cathmckenna) September 20, 2017
A humbled @GerryRitzMP apologizes:
I apologize for the use of Barbie, it is not reflective of the role the Minister plays
— Gerry Ritz (@GerryRitzMP) September 20, 2017
Canada’s “Valley girl”
While many politicians can easily be compared to a Barbie doll because of their eagerness to stage themed photo ops for self promotion, not many can be compared beyond their shameless self-promotion. Yet the honourable Catherine Mckenna manages to go beyond that. This video created by the Rebia Media sums up her use of vocal fry when speaking on behalf of Canada.
Catherine Mckenna is not from California so why is she talking like she is Cathy from the Valley? And we understand how some feminists will think this to be sexist. So, to be completely equal and non-sexist, we found the equivalent male example from a film preserved by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
We do not think anyone would argue that a man with Spicoli’s mannerisms should ever be considered professional and proper in a formal setting. Someone like Spicoli would generally never be taken seriously outside of their little friend circle, let alone be nominated to be the candidate or win an election. There are standards in life you must uphold to receive professional respect from others and quite frankly Catherine Mckenna has failed to meet that standard.
This is not sexist to say, these are the same if not harsher standards that are applied to men.
Minister if you are reading this and would like some quick tips for correcting your vocal fry watch this video. It is caused by restricting the air in your vocal cords.
We understand that you want to present yourself in hip and trendy way to millennials, but you are presenting yourself in a very juvenile and plebeian fashion.
More importantly, you’re a cabinet minister, a member of the Privy Council and a privileged citizen of Canada that has the honour of representing your fellow citizens in the House of Commons.
Such an institution deserves much more respect than we are seeing from ‘Cathy from the Valley’. The only way speech should be articulated in Parliament should be in the Queen’s English or Québécois Français rather than crude vocal fry.
Sadly, Gerry Ritz has deleted the Tweet and apologized since then. The only thing he is really guilty of is failing to stand his ground. The false charges of sexism only work because conservatives are too afraid to fight against the fake and discrediting label. Mckenna is clearly trying to brand her plebeian mannerisms into some sort of social cause by falsely branding Ritz a sexist for calling her out by mocking her.
That’s just banter, a well-established House of Commons tradition that spans the Commonwealth. If you can’t handle that because you are hyper-sensitive, then you have no business having a seat there and conducting the affairs of the country.