Montreal Canadiens Fans: Racist or Harmless Humour?

March 12th, 2010 by Kyle W. Brown Leave a reply »
You may have seen the picture from last night on a blog such as Deadspin or PuckDaddy.
In case not, two Montreal fans dressed up in afros and blackface and went to the Bell Centre to cheer on the Habs, and in particular, talented prospect P.K. Subban.
The two donned the outfits, complete with long black sleeves, and wore t-shits that said "Subbinator," complete with a Canadiens logo as they sat in the crowd to cheer on the team against the Edmonton Oilers.
While some sports fans consider the act harmless and comedic, others are labeling it racist and offensive. Either way, the picture is drawing analysis from many different sports blogs and fans alike in the blogosphere.
While I'm not here to input my own opinion on which way the act fell, I will point out that it's not the first time that Montreal fans have committed an act deemed "classless" by others in the sporting world.
Fans will remember the playoffs last year, when Habs fans booed and sung "Go Habs Go" overtop of the American anthem as their team was losing horribly to the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs.
There is also a history of racism in the stands of Montreal. So ...

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