Monday, September 23, 2013

Best not to mention Canadian Indians

"Five easy pieces" refers to classical music and is the name of a classic Hollywood movie so I think you would have to be a Canadian to find mention of it offensive

At least one member of Saskatoon band, The Sheepdogs, is standing by a T-shirt that is generating some controversy online.

It's a picture of an aboriginal man wearing a headdress with the words "five easy pieces".

In an email statement, bassist Ryan Gullen said, " The shirt was actually designed in NY by our label as a limited run.  It was one of the designs we picked because we thought it was a powerful image. I have many relatives and friends who are also First Nations.  In no way, shape, or form is it meant to be derogatory. Thanks for the opportunity to let us comment."

Some people have commented on the Sheepdogs' Facebook page, calling the T-shirt derogatory and racist.

Sheila Poorman of the Kawacatoose First Nation said people are making too big of a deal out of a T-shirt.  "If we could learn to stop with the racism card all the time, then we would get a lot farther," she said.  She said people are easily offended by logos that include First Nations.



Anonymous said...

"Beware of those who cry racism, for they are the true racists..."

Anonymous said...

I've seen far more racial slurs an derogatory comments from liberals and lefties than any from conservatives or right. As an American of Asian descent, I've seen my shear of racism. From experience, I've heard racism from all sectors. Some of the most egregious came from "liberals".

Anonymous said...

What is it exactly that is offensive about the shirt?
Is it the image or the slogan or both?