Is Senator Jacques Demers Anti-Semetic?

Enough people have sent me this over the last 24 hours that I felt compelled to post it. A couple of things I have to say to start. I laugh every time I hear Senator Jacques Demers. I’m sorry. It just seems to me that by having him as member of the Canadian Senate, it lessens the importance of the position. That’s not to say that others on the senate don’t denigrate the name too- it’s just one person’s opinion.

A little background before I get to point two. Senator Demers was on television with TSN’s Michael Landsberg. It appears from the video from Gawker that it’s the end of a segment and Landsburg (who just happens to be Jewish by the way), ask Senator Demers where he, Landsburg should go while in Montreal. Senator Demers tells Landsberg that Landsberg’s options are limited in that he is a married guy and first suggests that Landsberg stay in his hotel room. Then Senator Demers suggests that Landsberg head out for smoke meat, head to Mosche’s, “jewish place” Demers continues, “for a nice Jewish boy like you” says Senator Demers “soon as you walk in with your nose, they’ll say sit down Mr. Landsberg”.

Now, couple of relevant points. First, Landsberg laughs through the entire segment. The end is cut off, but he certainly doesn’t appear to be offended by Demers’ comment. I think that is important. If Landsberg didn’t take the comment to be offensive then why should any of us? Personally, I don’t find the comment to be offensive, but rather nothing more than sad. It’s just a symbol as to the type of guy Senator Demers appears to be. I have witnessed first hand way more offensive and patently racist behavior. However I don’t think there really are degrees of ignorance. I’m not trying to sit on a soap box and claim perfect behavior. Therefore I am not going to publicly condemn Senator Demers. The truth is it was at best an insensitive thing to say(with the intent to be funny only), and at worst incredibly stupid given the position he now holds. Senator Demers could be the most giving person alive. He may sit on the boards of 15 charities (Jewish or otherwise), it only takes 1 second, 1 comment to soil that reputation.

The video can be seen here:

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    Ben 8 years

    That’s hilarious. The guy knows Montreal and knows Landsberg. He tells him if you’re married stay home… that’s a joke too! He just played on the fact that Montreal has some great Jewish spots, he didn’t tell him to go to dump places!

    He made a funny comment, linking Landsberg’s heritage to some great Montreal spots. If he had to do it again, I would urge him to repeat the comment again.

    In my personal opinion, I see nothing wrong with that comment.

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    Eggbert 8 years

    You really should do some research before tossing out these types of stories TSM.Demers was displaying a familiarity that one gains from both having a Jewish wife(I’m almost positive), and from coaching the Canadian entry at the 1997 Maccabiah Games(positive).

    I think the classy thing to do,would be a full retraction on your behalf.I don’t know who you blew to get so high in google searches, but your unfounded character assassination of Jacques is pretty high on the list of searches.

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    Julian 8 years

    Eggy,

    It’s not the first blog to note the story.

    Demers was fine until mentioned Landsberg’s nose. Apparently, Jewish people have big noses. Haha. Very funny. It was an ignorant joke that could be interpreted as mocking Jews.

    A full retraction? Please. If the late Marge Schott had said it, I’m certain you’d have the same reaction. No one posts out of both sides of your keyboards like you do. Here’s something also, hit that thing called a “spacebar” after you finish a “sentence”. Also find me examples where you can mock a Jewish guy’s nose in the United States on national television and keep your gig.

    Take your time.

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    Eggbert 8 years

    No need to take my time,I’m a proud Jew, and it was taken in the spirit it was intended.The story headline is BS, and as usual contained the typical disclaimers before the hatchet is wielded.Maybe some of the Jewish Canadian players Demers coached on the entry at the Maccabiah Games in 1997 have an opinion regarding Demers “anti-semetic” nature, cuz if I hated Jews, the first place I wanna be is in Israel coaching a bunch of Jewish hockey players

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    Julian 8 years

    No one said he hated Jews. He made an inappropriate comment. Please tell me you don’t think it’s appropriate to make “Jews have big nose” jokes on national tv? Because you can tell me it’s appropriate – trust me I won’t respect your opinion any less.

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    Eggbert 8 years

    @ Julian

    The headline says “Is Senator Jacques Demers Anti-Semetic?”

    From my limited experience, that is kinda like proposing the notion he hates Jews, no?

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    Julian 8 years

    Yes. It’s a question. So answer “no” instead of demanding the question be retracted. We’re going around in circles here and on different levels.

    If the headline reads “Demers An Anti-Semite!” – you win.

    It doesn’t.

    If I write a blog and write a headline “Is Burke Screwing Up The Leafs?” – it means I’m suggesting it as a theory for people to disagree or agree with.

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    Julian 8 years

    Oh, you clearly had nothing in the tank when I asked if I was appropriate to point out a Jewish person’s big nose on television, even in mocking fashion.

    It’s inappropriate. I asked you twice and you changed the subject, so I won’t expose your hypocrisy much further.

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    Gord 8 years

    I saw the interview. I thought Demers was trying to be funny. The first part about him being married and no place to go out, was to me, in reference to Montreal’s Adult Nightlife. For the second comment, if you are not from Montreal, a visit to a Smoke Meat restaurant is a must, and Mosche’s is a very nice restaurant to go to. The Jewish statement was a little surprising, but I guess in Canada, you can’t say things like this. I am sure Demers meant nothing mean about it, nor is he anti-semtic.

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    Al 8 years

    If his name was James Denny would it be such a problem? Or is the notion that only French Canadians are racist bigots? Inappropriate? yes, but not scandalous. Public figures need to be a little more careful with their comments, and that includes Don Cherry. I don’t care if he is not a politician, apparently a few members of our apparently brain dead population, who know very little about Canadian history, voted the a hole as 7th greatest Canadian. Which means he has responsibilities to watch what he says. Yet I don’t see anyone complaining about that. Like I said I am sure his french Canadian heritage plays in the “scandal”. Go figure

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    Maurice H 5 years

    I always thought Demers was Jewish. Apparently, his wife is which makes the Shark’s Jason Demers also Jewish. Demers is a Conservative, and in Canada they are the biggest supporters of Israel-Bruce Harper especially!…

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    Maurice H 5 years

    I wish he was coaching the Rangers. Tortorella stinks!

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    fuckzionism 11 months

    i wish he is anto jew,why scumbag from otario always try to make quebecois look racist?stfu your article sucks ,if you cant put your name at ur junk dont publish it!

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    Jr 1 week

    He coached Canada’s entry in the Maccabiah Games twice (Jewish olympics) in Israel. Said he feels Jewish and loves Israel. Lighten up