Saturday, October 23, 2021

Let's Go Brandon!


According to some internet reports, the Canadian government has banned its employees from saying “Let’s go, Brandon!”   

The phrase started as fed-up fans at many sports venues in the U.S. began chanting “f*ck Joe Biden,” but was deliberately covered up by NBC reporter Kelli Stavast while she was interviewing NASCAR driver Brandon Brown after a race, the “f*ck Joe Biden” chant clearly audible in the background. Stavast, intrepid reporter that she is, promptly told her audience that the fans were actually serenading Brown with “Let’s go, Brandon!”

This purportedly led to a letter from the Canadian government to its employees, dated October 14, and posted online by Peter McCaffrey, the president of the Alberta Institute. The letter claimed to be a “formal notification” that the phrase “Let’s go, Brandon”-- in any form-- is banned by the Canadian Public Service. The missive further stated that this was a “zero tolerance issue,” violation of which would result in “dismissal without recourse or labour union representation.” The Canadian Public Service (CPS) is the agency overseeing the civilian workforce of all of the Canadian government’s departments, agencies, and other public bodies, over 300,000 employees in total.

Snopes says the claim that Canada banned “Let’s Go Brandon!” is false, but that doesn’t clear anything up either, as Snopes itself is clearly biased, shades its calls, obfuscates, engages in partial truths, etc., etc. Or, as some would characterize it, traffics in fake news.

The phrase “Let’s Go Brandon!” has now become a classy and hilarious euphemism, as well as a nearly ubiquitous meme, used to express outrage at the outrageous acts of the Biden administration.

Therefore, irrespective of whether the Canadian government actually did ban the phrase, I proudly shout: “Let’s Go Brandon!”

And, while we’re at it, “Let’s Go Trudeau!” too.

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