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Wednesday, May 10, 2006


I don't mean to go off on a rant here, but who the fuck does Debbie Travis think she is? How did this pantsuited peacock accrue so much credibility? I'm driving home from work, listening to CBC and idly pondering supper when this pompous jackass starts spouting off about the laziness of youth.

From what I gather, this kind of malicious generalization is part-and-parcel of the whole "Debbie Travis" public persona: she's made demographic-bashing into some kind of cottage industry. The arrogance of this jerk is unreal: disingenuously prefacing her remarks with a, "I'm not suggesting twentysomethings are lazy," she then launches into a haphazard indictment of a loosely-defined group's "lack of a work ethic."

First of all, she never really clarified whom she's referring to, beyond basically anyone between the ages of 16 and 35. Secondly, she didn't cite a single source for this inane generalization -- not one. Now, if this is some anecdotal shit, then fine -- so be it. But she's getting taken seriously and people are listening to her randomly defame an entire demographic without any kind of justification at all.

I've met a ton of bloated, self-righteous, moralizing, pass-the-buck fortysomething wastrels in my life, but you wouldn'tsee me paint a whole generation with that brush.


  • At 8:58 p.m., Blogger I'm basically a warm-hearted creature. said…

    ummm...but, she is only publicizing her most recent television venture...and...by getting people to talk about it...for good or ill...she just might get more butts on the seats in front of the boob tube to either cheer or jeer her pontificating. gotta love 'reality' t.v. eh?

  • At 5:45 p.m., Blogger Candis said…

    Alas, the perils of marketing. I won't, however, be rushing to Canadian Tire for any of her off-shoot products, though...that's for certain!

  • At 1:09 p.m., Blogger Labris said…

    I actually find her more grating and obnoxious than Martha.


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