ESL Video Quiz: THE RANT: I am Canadian!

Quiz by: rachelleinjapan
Quiz #: 17050
(ESL Category: listening) Canadiana reflected in a Molson's beer commercial

"I am Canadian"

Hey, I'm not a lumberjack, or a fur trader....
I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a
dogsled.... and I don't know Jimmy, Sally or Susie
from Canada, although I'm certain they're really
really nice.

I have a Prime Minister, not a President. I speak
English and French, not American. And I pronounce
it 'about', not 'a boot'.

I can proudly sew my country's flag on my
backpack. I believe in peace keeping, not
policing; diversity, not assimilation; and that
the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal. A
toque is a hat, a chesterfied is a couch, and it
is pronounced 'zed' not 'zee', 'zed' !!!!

Canada is the second largest landmass! The first
nation of hockey! And the best part of North

My name is Joe!! And I am Canadian!!!

The Rant"

In March 2000, using nationalism as a platform, the ad starred a man named Joe--an "average Canadian-- standing in a movie theatre, with a cinema screen behind him showing different images relating to Canadian culture.

Joe proceeds to give a speech about what is it to be a Canadian and what it is not to be a Canadian, making particular efforts to distinguish himself both from common Canadian stereotypes of Americans ("I believe in peacekeeping, not policing") and common American stereotypes of Canadians ("I don't live in an igloo," "I say 'about,' not 'aboot'").

It was performed by Canadian actor Jeff Douglas and directed by an American, Kevin Donovan, but written by a Canadian, Glen Hunt. The commercial won an advertising industry Gold Quill award in 2001.

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