Mr. Beaulieu has devilishly opened a conversation by trapping the media into defending itself, where the effect of the debate, regardless where it goes, is to legitimize Mr. Beaulieu and his ilk of linguicistic haters.
I am reminded of one of my favourite movie scenes from 'The Exorcist' where the experienced Father Merrin tells a young priest exactly how to deal with the devil;
"Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don't listen to him. Remember that - do not listen."I cannot think of better advice in dealing with Mario Beaulieu.
The effrontery of Quebec's most important Anglophobic hater in calling out the English media over Quebec-bashing is galling to say the least.
Pot calling the kettle black
This is a phrase that states that the person you are talking to is calling you something that they themselves are (and generally in abundance).
This comes from old times when pots and pans were generally black and kettles were generally metallic and reflective. Therefore the pot sees its black reflection in the kettle and thinks that the kettle is black.
Mario Beaulieu is a consummate spinner, fact inventer, con artist, linguicist and Anglophobe extraordinaire. But like the Devil as described above, he hides his true feelings and motives well in the media, playing the part of a poor injured and downtrodden victim of evil Anglo oppression.
Mr. Beaulieu has made the assertion often enough, that the so-called 'Quebec-bashing' by the English media has contributed to a climate conducive to Richard Bain's actions.
I wonder if Beaulieu would then concede that it was the French media's bashing of the English that contributed to the atmosphere that led FLQ extremists to the 160 acts of violence that killed eight people and maimed many more.
I doubt it...
Mr. Beaulieu has championed the idea that Anglophones and ethnics owe respect to the French language and Quebec Francophones by virtue of the fact that French is in the majority in Quebec.
....So I wonder if he would then concede that francophones, as a minority in Canada, owe a commensurate measure of respect to the English and its dominant culture.
Nobody ever seems to challenge Mr. Beaulieu on his assertions, because we are so busy defending ourselves over his brazen and moronic attacks on our good name.
Mr. Beaulieu has been treated with kid gloves by the French media, as if it is somehow disloyal to call him out on his hatred for all things English and his disdain for all things not French.
Separatists who are not racists, generally wince at his antics, but remain silent because it wouldn't be right to attack one of their own, like a hockey goon whose teammates feel obligated to support him.
At any rate, I've taken a video shot by supporters of Beaulieu from a while back in which he paraded downtown complaining about the Anglicization of Montreal, a nonsensical and completely absurd contention.
In these video highlights, to which I added subtitles so that everyone can understand the depth of his hatred of the English, Beaulieu, in a jovial mood amongst friends, cannot help himself and thus, his true nature emerges... that of a hater, but hey....you be the judge.
I've also added some historical photos at the end, to rebut his nonsensical assertion that Montreal is getting 'more' English.
He calls on loyalists to avoid shopping in stores with English names, like STYLEXCHANGE and even encourages them to boycott stores that have the audacity to use the founders English family names on the masthead, like 'BIRKS.'
He even demands French pronunciation of English names, no matter how ridiculous, like LEE-VEE instead of LEVIS.
For those who think that Beaulieu is a ridiculous and harmless twit heading a clownish organization, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Mr. Beaulieu should be taken seriously despite his well deserved image as a buffoon because of the massive media attention he is afforded.
His plan is simple, spreading hatred in order to sow the seeds of discord between Francophones and minorities in order to pave the way to sovereignty and his agenda couldn't be less opaque.
At the end of the demonstration Beaulieu calls for Quebec independence, his true goal, where demonizing the English and Canada while proclaiming an imaginary Anglo-Saxon invasion, just part of a malicious deception.