Until last night, I had no idea that a “riot act” was a real thing. I thought it was a figure of speech – you know, “my mom read me the riot act when I got home late last night” – but thanks to last night’s breakdown of society, I know otherwise. I do not feel good about this knowledge.
Let’s get something straight here: last night’s riot in Vancouver was NOT done by the fans; nor was it because we lost the game. The internet is full of people crowing that we take hockey so seriously that we’d destroy the city after a loss – the game had nothing to do with the riot. It was a group of drunken dick douches with too much testosterone, not enough brains, and more than likely an organized attempt to incite chaos; something that was gleefully picked up by those you see destroying property and looting. These people aren’t hockey fans, and they’re not Vancouverites – they’re opportunists. They’re cowards. They’re carpetbaggers; drunken hooligans and pathetic anarchists taking advantage of mob mentality.
And, thanks to social media and the childish need to brag, they’re all going to be caught.
Vancouver is not a city of rioters. We are not drunken idiots who destroy property, steal from others, brawl in the streets. Those who participated in last night’s riot do not represent the whole of the city, the true fans of the Canucks, or anything other than a small, disgusting sliver of society.
Real Vancouverites are proud of the Canucks, regardless of last night’s game. Real Vancouverites cheered on their team, congratulated Boston for their win, and went home. They’re outside right now, helping the city clean up yesterday’s mess. They’re identifying people caught on film so the police can track down and punish. Last night was NOT an example of Vancouver – what you see in the hours, days, weeks to come will be the true display of what our city can do.
Don’t blame the actions of a select few on the entire city. We love our home, and we’re doing what we can to help.
Also, sometimes real Vancouverites try to inject a little humour into a horrible situation (with LEGO):
I am not ashamed to say I live in Vancouver because Vancouver did not riot last night. Brock Anton, Kiela Hunter, Billy Chickite, Jordy Dean, MJ Calinisan – whose Facebook Groups include Christianity, saying “I <3 Jesus :)”, Mandeep Dhaliwal, and so many more – THEY were the ones who rioted.
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Very well said Kimli and the examples show exactly who and what was rioting.
Well said Kimli! Pretty much exactly what I was thinking.
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all you dumb asses who now have your pictures all over the internet _ i hope you get caught and charged – i cant believe we breath the same air as you – god i hope you dont
you said it perfectly. thank you for your words!
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Are we also prepared to mock the ones who, it turns out, were sitting quietly in Mom’s basement and just pretending to have done these things? Because there are a lot of those, too.
An innocent suggestion from someone pretty familiar with online behaviour and etiquette
I understand in the interests of pursuing justice for Vancouver that you posted the full names of those who admitted to being involved in the riots on Facebook. I don’t find it highly justifiable, fair or decent to also be disclosing the full names of those “friends” such as Mandy and Brandy in the first image, or Ashley in the fourth who are by and large innocent of any wrongdoing and even just disgusted by this as yourself. (You can argue that some may have justified exposure for condoning or even celebrating the violence but that’s another issue.)
Either way, knowing the internets, their exposure can easily inadvertently lead to harassment on their own facebooks for no more reason than innocent association with the guilty party. And if those riots showed anything, people act stupid when they feel they can act anonymously. And no more is this true than on the internet where the lines are even less clear.
So with respects to their privacy as well as a general internet courtesy, please make an attempt to at least blur their last names and even profile images. Put yourself in their shoes and think if your FB name ended up publicized simply because a “facebook friend” of yours happens to be one of these ‘anarchists’ if you would wish for the same courtesy.
Cheers from Toronto. And trust me when I say I share the sorrow of this event both as a hockey fan and a Canadian.
There were more than a few people arrested whose address was within the city limits of Vancouver. So despite the “this is not real Vancouverites” protestations, you can’t ignore the fact that the city dweller population was not completely without blame.
Also, why on earth wasn’t the police department prepared?
In New York City, you never see a riot of this magnitude over a mere sporting event. Heaven forbid Vancouver has a real problem come its way, like a racially charged car accident or something.
And I COMPLETELY disagree with your trashing their parents on RateMDs.com. Identifying criminal action is laudable, but be VERY careful of taking it too far, Kimli – casting aspersions / guilt by association onto the parent’s PROFESSIONAL reputation could well get your ass sued. Internet libel law is different in Canada apropos to the site owner in the USA, and you are patently warned that you are liable for comments posted to the MDs name, NOT the site. And if you’re not aware of it, I’d suggest researching it. A newspaper would not be publishing the assertions you are making about the father, and I’d strongly advise you to rethink your tack. RateMDs.com is designed as a rating of a professional by a patient, not your PERCEPTIONS of his parenting skills. I am in no way, shape or form associated with this MD, and it’s well meaning advice : based on what you have written on that site, I would be consulting a lawyer if I were you. If it were me, you’d be served tomorrow…
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OMG THE POOR AUTOBOT!!!
Don’t feel too bad – it’s a Decepticon; he totally deserved to get flipped. :)
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