January 14, 2011
Parody mocks Leaf fans
By JENNY YUEN, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Leaf fans love to hear the boos.
An Internet video called, "Love to Hear the Boos" is stirring up the longstanding rivalry between Toronto Maple Leafs fans and Montreal Canadiens fans. It's had more than 150,000 YouTube hits since it was uploaded three days ago.
It's a parody of Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie" where a closet Leafs fan gets in hot water with his Habs-loving girlfriend for secretly cheering on his team. As a form of punishment, she makes him wear a brown paper bag over his head while he's still wearing the blue-and-white jersey.
"The video is so open-ended for people to decide what stance they're taking," said Sean Plumbridge, 25, who is the creator of the Vancouver-based Hockey Gods and also stars as the shamed Leafs fan in the video.
"We've had Leafs fans think it's pro-Leafs and anti-Leafs and the same thing with Canadiens fans. The comments went from being about the video to people just battling back and forth."