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CBC Smackdown angers Bret Hart
By KRIS SIMS - QMI Parliamentary Bureau


OTTAWA - The CBC's booster club is launching a new campaign to get the state broadcaster more money.

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting produced two spoof spots -- dubbed Stop the CBC Smackdown -- portraying the worst case scenario for CBC connoisseurs: The corporation sold to a professional wrestling promoter. And, he's American.

In this imagined hell, the broadcaster is staffed with beauties and burly men: The wrestlers voice radio ads whilst the ring girls help deliver the weather.

All of the wrestlers in the videos are portrayed more than stupid, and that's not sitting well with a Canadian legend.

"They are always portrayed imbeciles, dimwits with no brains at all, and that's a disappointment, because a lot of us out there like Jesse Ventura, Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels and myself who are quite well-read, intelligent people," Bret 'The Hitman' Hart told QMI Agency. "We are some of the hardest working actors and athletes in the world. Nobody has a schedule like wrestlers, and with CBC, someone like Vince McMahon might be the answer to their prayers, they might start making some money."

Hart won't put the group's spokesman in a sharpshooter -- Hart's finishing move in the ring -- but he would appreciate some recognition wrestling is a major part of Canadian culture.

When asked if wrestling and car ads were selected as the worst case scenario because Friends of Canadian Broadcasting thinks they are low-brow or stupid, spokesman Ian Morrison demurred, saying they picked the theme because it was funny.

The group also released a poll that shows 69% want funding CBC funding to remain the same or increase. In the poll question, they broke the costs down to a per capita basis -- so the amount is $33 per Canadian man woman and child per year -- instead of using the total of $1.1 billion.

"They'd have to know how to multiply 33 by 34 to reach one point one, many people can do that," Morrison said.

When the funding is billed only to those 18,329,587 Canadians who actually pay taxes every year, the cost is about $60 per payer.

RELATED LINKS

  • Bret Hart bio and story archive