NatPo issues lame & wrong apology for insulting ad, fixes it, well done NatPo

Religious right crackpot Charles McVety has been a busy little bible-banger lately, and as usual it’s all about  S E X , raising the question:

Does this guy EVER get any?

(Whoops, sorry if that conjured up any unpleasant visuals.  Next time I’ll use a trigger warning.)

Chuck’s latest Adventure in Sexland was an ad that everyone’s seen by now: a full page of feverish, won’t-someone-think-of-the-children hysteria objecting to public school kids being taught why they shouldn’t beat up and torment other kids who are “different”.  The ad is a nauseating amalgam of bigotry and self righteous slop that would give most normal people the dry heaves, especially since it appeared not long after bullying claimed its latest victim.  Most media decline to publish this kind of swill, their vetting procedures rejecting it before it can assault any human eyes.  But at the NatPo, McVety’s ad slid through while the morning circlejerk was in progress and all eyes were shut tight, shouts of ecstasy echoing down the hallways to Production and Circulation… some even whisper in awe about the faint, euphoric grunts that could be heard as far away as Advertising Sales…

Well, I can’t think of any other reason for this goofy thing getting published, can you?

Outrage ensued and the NP issued an apology:

The National Post has procedures in place for vetting the content of advertising, especially advocacy advertising. The procedures are intended to ensure that such ads meet a standard of tone and respect that is consistent with furthering constructive dialogue about important public policy issues.

In this case, those procedures were not followed. An ad that should not have run in its proposed form was allowed to run.

This ad will not run in the National Post again.

…and fucked it up royally

[…] and in its singling out of groups of people who have made choices about their sexuality with which the group disagrees.

Whoops!  Another quick outraged boot to the NatPo’s nads, and that became:

[…] people with whose sexuality the group disagrees.

And I can finally say, Good On The NatPo for an apology well-done, if protracted, and after all, not one they were obliged to make.  They’ve even launched an investigation to find out how it all happened (although it might be easier just to re-schedule the circlejerk for later in the day, after all ads have been safely vetted).

EXTRA EXTRA!  What are we to make of this?  SATIRE: the “tell” is that it sounds sane and rational.

9 Responses to “NatPo issues lame & wrong apology for insulting ad, fixes it, well done NatPo”


  1. 1 Dr.Dawg Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I didn’t see the interim apology, but what they ended up with was classy, including the pledge to provide a contribution to an LGBT rights organization.

    I’ll admit I was as gobsmacked as the next person about the NP good act of contrition. But in this era of the non-apology apology, the final text was about as good as it gets. Kudos–although I’m still rubbing my eyes in wonderment.

  2. 2 JJ Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Agree, ultimately, what they did was quite good.

    I caught the original apology with the thing about “choices” just before it was revised, but unfortunately failed to follow my own rule to Screenshot At All Times. But there was a good deal of banter about the mistake on Twitter and various gay sites — here Gawkermakes reference to it. Presumably that’s how the NP knew to change it so quickly.

    The power of the internets!

    EDIT: The Mark also refers to the original remark about “choices”, quoting the paragraph in full.

  3. 3 'en_. Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Good on the NP for doing the right thing, even if it was grudgingly. But what I don’t understand is why the media continues to pay heed to tubby McVety. He has a long history of using lies and mistatements to support his offensive view points. Maybe it is for the same reason that we rubber-neck at car accidents. We hope that nobody is hurt but that little piece of reptillian brain that we still have wants to see some blood.

  4. 4 tf Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

    One thing about the original ad –

    The text actually read like this –

    “I’m confused. I’m a girl.”

    Again – poor little female can’t figure things out because she’s not male. If someone tells her something, she gets confused because she’s female. Those smart men better explain things to her.

    When?!!!
    I ask us when is this kind of thinking going to change?

  5. 5 Torontonian Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Now, the whole issue takes a turn for the worse
    with the Toronto Sun publishing the same full-page
    ad today. There are comments at blogTO.com

    http://www.blogto.com/city/2011/10/subject_of_an_apology_from_the_national_post_transphobic_ad_makes_its_way_into_the_toronto_sun/

    When will all this lunacy of the Christian right stop?

  6. 6 JJ Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks for the link, T.O. Good grief. I vaguely recall seeing something about that on Sunday (the last time I was fully conscious — acckk! I think this cold has turned into The Pneumonia).

    The answer to your question is: This lunacy of the xtian right will stop about the same time as we have theocracy instead of democracy (or whatever that thing is that we call democracy). In other words, when the Family Coalition Party wins the Ontario election. (Hahaha, John Pacheco is running in Ottawa… hard to believe that someone so deranged could get his cum-stained hands so close to the levers of political power. I mean, in Alabama yeah, but Ontario??)

    And you guys think we are nuts out here in BC 😉 I’m just sitting back watching your election and being stunned & amazed 😯

  7. 7 JJ Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I never thought of it that way, but interesting point.

    Can you imagine the ad being a little boy going “Don’t confuse me!”

    Hmph. Interesting.

  8. 8 JJ Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Entertainment value. When it’s a slow news week, they can always count on McVety to do/say something idiotically entertaining.

  9. 9 LadyLaz6 Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I am confused (and a girl) If they are “we are recalling the Stop Corrupting Children campaign”….why is that campaign still found at http://www.canadianvalues.ca/SCC/index.html ??

    On the other hand I am also really having trouble expressing how and why this video and the line of thinking it is portraying is damaging and more confusing than allowing kids to define for themselves who they are.

    Sex education in grade three is NOT intercourse education. The text book isn’t cosmopolitan or hustler magazine.

    It’s SEX education as in Female (Vagina) and Male (Penis), as in YOUR body, the way it works and how to keep it healthy.


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