Some kid from Newfoundland won an art contest. He was flown to Toronto, taken around on a tour, given a prize and was gonna meet the Queen.
Word came that the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, was on his way.
Kid made a big show of refusing to shake hands with the PM.
“I didn’t know until literally minutes before,” said the Memorial University student. “I was pretty outraged that he was going to be there… I told them I would politely decline to shake his hand if he attempted.”
After a speech about youth and Canada and human rights, Harper did, indeed, shake the young artists’ hands. But before he could reach Dyer, a museum staff member came up behind Dyer, and asked him to step back, Dyer said.
Refusing to shake Harper’s hand was his way of expressing his disapproval, he said.
“That was the breaking point — when I was suppressed for my beliefs.”
Dyer said the event was co-opted and turned into a photo-op for the prime minister and a promotional tool for the museum.
“It was such a degrading experience. I felt so tokenized,” he said. “I feel like they took something so huge away from me that weekend. So huge.”
What did “They” take away from you, Junior? Your right to be an attention whoring dick in public?
SUPPRESSED? Asshole. You don’t know the MEANING of the word suppressed.
You were outraged that the PM would attend a ceremony on human rights at which the visiting Queen of England was present? Really? Were you also surprised, flabbergasted, taken aback, shocked, stunned and completely caught off guard?
POLITELY decline to shake his hand? Why stop there? Why not go for politely spitting on him? Politely kicking him in the nuts?
IDIOT! The POINT of refusing to shake someone’s hand is TO BE IMPOLITE. You stupid little cock. You can’t politely refuse to shake hands the same way you can’t quietly slam a door. Imbecile. I fucking HATE stupid people…and that goes triple for stupid arrogant cunts like this brat.
Refusing to shake someone’s hands is not something one does because of disagreements on policy.
Refusing to participate in a photo op – fair enough. Walk away.
But to say you will not politely greet someone as a matter of principle…it better be something more serious than “I don’t care for the way you govern.”
I’ve never refused to shake anyone’s hand…although that might change in a couple of cases opportunity has yet to present.
Hitchens has said he would refuse to shake hands with Kissinger. One supposes Cardinal Ratzinger would also qualify for such treatment in Hitchens’ view.
No one is accusing Harper of mass murder or covering up kiddie rape.
He’s a giant douche, but a little farking perspective is in order, here.
This kid knew full well that the Queen would be in attendance. Not hard to figure some ministers…maybe the PM…would be present. He claims he was surprised by the information that the PM was coming.
He could have stepped away then; refused to stand in the receiving line at all. Gone for a smoke.
He waited for the cameras to roll. He waited until he would be seen leaving the line.
He exploited the situation for a photo op just like the rest of them.
It wasn’t a matter of refusing to shake someone’s hand. It was a matter of making sure everyone KNEW he was refusing to shake someone’s hand.
And why? Because he disagrees with some of Harper’s policies.
You arrogant little shit. I disagree with Harper’s policies, AND I KNOW WHY I DISAGREE. I have very little – read zero – confidence that some snotty little shit from the Rock who won an art contest has any ability to articulate just exactly HOW he disagrees with Harper’s policies, much less why he would choose to invoke such stunning bad manners as a means to draw attention to his insightful policy objections…of which he mentioned exactly NONE when ASKED, “Why did you do that?”
Stupid little douche matches Harper’s stupid big douche in moment of fluctuating gravity.
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