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Canadian manhood is officially dead, said Ian Robinson in the Calgary Sun. Instead of responding to insults by either shrugging them off or punching the perpetrator—two equally manly options—we now file lawsuits alleging hurt feelings. That’s what’s happened in the case of hockey player Shane Doan, a Canadian winger who plays for the Phoenix Coyotes. Doan was accused of calling a referee a “f---ing Frenchman.” It’s not much of an insult, and it’s unclear whether he really even said it. But the mere report of such a comment was enough to send Francophones into full outrage mode. French-speaking referees brought a defamation lawsuit against Doan, and the leader of the Bloc Quebecois party, a “girly-man” fully invested in the “hurt feelings industry,” said Doan should be fired as Team Canada captain. Such an overreaction borders on the lunatic. But then, “sanity flees the public discourse the minute anyone plays the race card, the sex card, the gay card, the language card, or culture card.” These jokers have run wild “and, frankly, they’re ruining the game for everybody.”

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