Gil LeBreton Nazi Column Sparks Virtual Lynching
Fort Worth Star-Telegram sportswriter Gil LeBreton is getting bitch slapped for this Feb. 28 column that compares Canada’s version of the Winter Olympics to Nazi Germany’s in 1936.
Naturally, he felt compelled to issue a faux-apology in the form of a blathering follow-up column.
Lame apologies don’t make detractors feel better. They just make you look wishy-washy.
Anyway, I read the column when it first appeared. It was over the top, but kinda interesting. (Well, not too interesting, now that I think about it I didn’t even make it to the jump.)
Canadian news writers went insane. Canadians are used to being characterized as friendly but bland, wimpy but nice. But Nazis? Not so much.
Columns and news stories exploded in Canada, and the vitriol spread nationally. Deadspin is just one of many that are spanking Lebreton. The Sporting News wondered, “Did Gil LeBreton of the Star-Telegram Just Start a Border War?”
(Note: A former Star-Telegram sports editor told a Fort Worth Weekly writer over drinks that LeBreton typically files columns at the last minute, making them difficult to edit.)
A Facebook page entitled “Fire Gil LeBreton for Calling Canadians Nazis!” has about 2,000 members so far.
My two cents: Gil, if you have the balls to write a column comparing Canadians to Nazis, then have the balls to tell them to kiss your ass when they show up at your door with pitchforks.