#FlippingTheBird  - 11 June 2018 - By, Cindy Heirlihy

#FlippingTheBird - 11 June 2018 - By, Cindy Heirlihy


Let me set the scene.

It’s the fall of 2016. A brisk cool breeze is in the air, and the full Liberal caucus assembles outside the provincial legislature for its annual Christmas card photo. Pictures are being captured between wind gusts and hair displacements when all of a sudden one of the delegates can be seen flipping the bird.

First, I want to say “good on” whoever captured that moment in time. Not an easy feat, because  things such as this are done on the fly and not usually repeated when you have a camera lens ready.

No publicity is bad publicity, even if the content is horrible in context - said most politicians, always. 

What was this particular political delegate responding to? Guiltless heckles – plain and simple.

“A voice shouting ‘honour the vote’, a reference to the Liberal government’s decision to ignore provincial plebiscite results in which a majority supported changing PEI’s electoral system from first-past-the-post to mixed member proportional.” 

Most will  only remember the gesture, not the question.  This gesture alone seems to be used just as much as a handshake between the politicians on both sides of the floor. This specific incident happened over a year ago, but yet, here it is, front and centre.

Official delegates have to live up to certain standards. Flipping the bird is sure to be on the no-no list. Who knows what was in Minister Brown’s cornflakes that morning or how plagued he was, at that point, over the plebiscite results. He has since apologized and hopes to continue a healthy debate, but I fear that ship has sailed.

It appears gestures can be as damning as words. Minister Brown seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth. You can’t say, F&$@ Off and invite someone in for tea. It just doesn’t work that way.

Let’s be honest, we live in a world in which there is not much that truly shocks us--especially the simple arrangement of one’s finger. But media continues to push this particular arrangement as a blushing blunder.

Imagine a world where there is no filter. Just say it how it is.

In today’s society, people are too afraid to say and do much of anything out of the norm. Bound by rules, stringent laws and naysayers; people who would rather give a jab, tend to refrain from pokey pricks and provide pointless permissions.

It is hard to say if older people tend to lose their inhibitions or have just learned from past. The older that one gets the more vocal they become. “Old” people commentary can be very entertaining. I figure at their age, they just don’t give a damn.

When did life have to be so serious? Why must every movement – good or bad, be judged?

To be honest, I would more likely purchase something from a salesperson who tells me the truth, flaws and all, than someone who is going to sugarcoat things just to get me to buy it.

I don’t condone being rude, but I do support people being human.

If it hurts your feelings, say it.

If you want to give a compliment, give it.

If you don’t like someone, keep your distance.

Society today needs to keep that in check. Stop creating fake news, people, and situations. At the end of the day, who cares if Minister Brown flipped the bird – could have been worse, could have been the whole handful bouquet of F%$# offs!

Lay off the judgment. More serious news needs to be reported.