After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

Columnist Christie Blatchford shames men for hugging

National Post columnist Christie Blatchford has done it again.  After her infamous opinion piece criticizing former NDP leader Jack Layton just after his death, she set off another social media firestorm by suggesting that Toronto is filled with girly men in her latest column, "Toronto, City of Sissies".

She recounted seeing two groups of young boys -- "maybe 10 years old, maybe 12" -- embracing each other on the street on Yonge Street in Toronto. Rather than being touched by the scene, she took it as a bright red flag, a sign that the male species needed "toughening up". 

"Toronto likes its men delicate, slender and arch, not sportif unless le sport in question is maybe badminton," she writes.

"And if those little boys I saw on Yonge Street are any indication, Toronto is even now about to achieve perfection in this coming generation."

After suggesting that hugs between men were inappropriate, Blatchford drew angry and sarcastic reactions from readers on social media. 

"Christie Blatchford's column about Toronto being a "city of sissies" was really mean. She hurt my feelings," tweeted CBC host Jian Ghomeshi.

"Christie Blatchford has inspired me to be more 1950's macho. My first act as a new man is to wonder who gave a dame a newspaper column?" commented Joshua Hind, calling the veteran columnist "Canada's highest paid troll". 

"In honour of Christie Blatchford's journalistic insight I will be hugging men at  all night long tonite, especially fey ones," joked @AndrewAwesome76.

If Blatchford finds Toronto too effeminate, what would she think of certain neighbourhoods in Vancouver?  

A few National Post readers defended Blatchford, but most expressed strongly critical views of her column. 

Meanwhile, a new Facebook page, "Christie Blatchford Needs a Hug", encourages people to give her a hug the next time they see her walking down the street in Toronto. 

More in The Scene

Move over Van Gogh: A New York City artist has re-emerged in Vancouver

Original, illuminating, Bhaskar Krag's 6x6 foot abstract paintings will rock your world. Krag's studio, along with many others, will be open this soon, part of Eastside Culture Crawl.

A hunger for more

Emily Grainger was part of a turnaround team, and she’s not ready to stop winning.

Rachel Baitz Intracorp's River Park Place contest winner

 Rachel Baitz was the lucky winner of the 2013 Range Rover Evoque, one of the main prizes in Intracorp's recent contest promoting River Park Place, a sophisticated new condo development in...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.