Adventures in Purple Party Poopers

When my sister and I were young, we used to watch Battle of the Planets: a Japanese animated series. In one episode, I remember one of the characters calling Zoltar, the villain, a “Purple Party Pooper”. Being 6 years old, I thought it was absolutely hilarious. Maybe it was because I heard someone say “poop” on TV. Still, to this day, I remember that line. (To think that that brain space could have been used to remember things like birthdays or multiplication tables.)

Even though it’s painted in blue, white and red, today’s “Purple Party Pooper of the Week” award goes to Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay. The mayor has chastised Montreal firefighters for painting their fire stations blue, white and red in support of the Canadiens as they head into the playoffs. The mayor seems to have confused team spirit, morale boosting, patriotic enthusiasm and artistic expression with vandalism and defacing public property. Now, I’m sure that according to the letter of the law, he’s right. According to the same letter of the same law, he could also probably start hauling little kids in to the precinct for drawing hop-scotch boards on the sidewalks with chalk. The firemen used temporary water-based paint to show support for their home-town team playing Canada’s favourite sport. Get a grip, Mr.Mayor!!

I’m not even a hockey fan, but I do recognize a giant Party Pooper when I see one!

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