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Sunday, May 30, 2004

Sherlock Hargrove

The case of vandalism directed at the offices of Tapesty Pictures, a film company which produced Prom Queen, remains unsolved. But Buzz Hargrove, fresh off of nearly destroying Air Canada, has already figured it out:

The destruction inflicted on the offices of Tapestry Pictures earlier this week is a hate crime against gays, sparked by the upcoming broadcast of the CTV movie Prom Queen, says Canadian Auto Workers union president Buzz Hargrove.

And Hargrove is urging all Canadians to tune in next Tuesday night as a statement against homophobia and to support fundamental human rights. Prom Queen was "inspired" by the true story of Oshawa, Ont., teen Marc Hall, who won an injunction in 2002 that allowed him to take his gay boyfriend to the prom at his Roman Catholic high school. Hall, who became a media celebrity at the time, is still involved in a legal battle designed to set a precedent that would prevent Catholic Church policy from overriding other gay students' rights.

"Marc Hall is a hero," says Hargrove, whose union backed the teen and his family during the 2002 dispute. "Because he stood up for what was right in the face of considerable hostile opposition."

The offices may very well have been thrashed by people who consider the film anti-Catholic or pro-gay. (Indeed, it wouldn't even be surprising to anyone who's seen "Reverend" Fred Phelps in action.) But there is an alternate explanation which has gotten comparatively little media attention:

The offices of the production company were vandalized last Sunday night, and Toronto police called in the hate-crimes unit to investigate. However, a spokesman for CTV said it was also possible the action was taken by environmental extremists because Tapestry also produced another recent CTV movie, Burn: The Robert Wraight Story, about the violent 1990s feud between an Alberta farmer and the province's oil industry.

If it turns out that this crime was committed by a radical supporter of Wiebo Ludwig, will Hargrove apologize or retract his comments? Sure he will.

Posted by Damian Penny on May 30, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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Ya know, as a Steel Town Girl, my mind is boggled: I'm trying to imagine the union leaders of yore referring to a gay teenager as "a hero" (unless he, like, died in Dieppe or something.) Times change. And boy, I really hate it.

Posted by: Kathy | 2004-05-30 5:51:35 PM

Me too Kathy.......me too.........

A gay prom queen as a hero.......we live in a twisted sick world when people like this are considered heroes....


Posted by: Albertadude | 2004-05-30 6:38:28 PM

C'mon, anyone notice that the office is in a really rough part of town? It's on the other side of two sets of tracks.

This is a cheap publicity seeking stunt for a yet another politically motivated parasitic film production group. Michael Moore has disiples too.

Next story pitches:
1 The Sheila Copps story: Railroaded by a Martinite cabal

2. Jack Layton: How I got to know the down and out by living in a heavily subsidized city unit.

3. Jaggi Singh: A People's Hero

4. John Clarke: Ontario Coalition Against Property ownership and how I used mentally disturbed homeless to fight my battles.

Here is the post that Hargrove and pals assert is a smoking gun:

Posted by: jonathan | 2004-05-31 7:35:27 AM

Canadian Union Leader Claims 'Hate Crime Against Gays' but Toronto Police Say "No"
Police say "no evidence to suggest a hate-motivated break and enter"

TORONTO, May 31, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Globe and Mail story which falsely implied a link between a LifeSiteNews.com story and a recent act of vandalism, was enough evidence for Canadian Auto Workers Union president Buzz Hargrove to declare a "hate crime against gays." The Globe and Mail reported that the offices of Toronto-based Tapestry Pictures, producers of the anti-Catholic pro-homosexual film, were vandalized.

The made-for-TV movie that Tapestry produced is about former Oshawa Catholic high school student Marc Hall who, in 2002, sued his Catholic high school to force them to allow him to bring his homosexual boyfriend to the school prom.

The Globe reporter with a seeming conspiracy-theory mentality attempted to portray the vandalism as motivated by hatred of homosexuals rather than robbery. Reporter Gayle MacDonald wrote "Tapestry's west-end offices were broken into and badly damaged, however nothing -- no computers, camera equipment or readily available cash -- was stolen."

Contradicting the Globe story, Toronto Police say that goods were stolen during the incident. Detective James Hogan of the Toronto Police Hate Crimes Unit spoke with LifeSiteNews.com today. Detective Hogan said "according to the report there was property stolen."

Hargrove took the Globe story as enough evidence to declare an anti-gay hate crime - a serious charge in Canada currently since with new hate crime laws being enacted it is a criminal charge carrying a penalty of up to two years in prison. "Given the reported heightened anti-gay activity on the internet in recent weeks aimed at denouncing 'Prom Queen, said Hargrove, "it seems clear the trashing of Tapestry Pictures is a hate crime against gays."

However Detective Hogan told LifeSiteNews.com that the incident "is not being considered a hate crime by the Toronto police." He noted that "at this point there is no evidence to suggest a hate-motivated break and enter".

See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Globe and Mail Falsely Implies Link from LifeSiteNews.com article to 'Hate Crime' Vandalism

Posted by: jonathan | 2004-05-31 9:25:36 PM

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