WATCH: Americans must stop fetishizing Canada

Buzzfeed's Scaachi Koul explains that along with great diversity, Canada has its own version of right-wing politics


Amanda Marcotte
May 15, 2017 1:59AM (UTC)

Canadian writer and editor made her name at Buzzfeed with her blunt style, particularly when advocating for diversity in media and politics. Speaking with Salon recently, Koul mocked the tendency of Americans to view Canadians as a monolith of progressive values.

“It’s easy to look at us and say, ‘Oh it’s so cute. There’s 35 million of them. It’s adorable!’” Koul joked. “It’s easy right now, because Trudeau is in power and everything feels sunny and beautiful, but I feel that’s a scary thing to say, because there will always be groups that are being maligned or ignored, and so I hesitate to be like, ‘Everything’s fine. We’re doing fine.’”

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But, as she notes, “We have people running who are espousing views that are racist and deeply offensive.”

Koul said of the two countries: “We are affected by each other in very big ways ... So the politics that happens here, and to some degree vice versa, will affect what happens in Canada.”

Koul told Salon, “It feels like a low bar to say, ‘Well, [Canada’s] doing better than [the United States].’ I don’t know if that’s the way you want to look at your politics.” Still, the edgy Candian editor added, “No offense.”

In her new book “One Day We'll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter”, Koul applies her fierce sensibility to a variety of topics, including rape culture, body hair and dealing with family drama. She is currently touring One Day We'll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter” at events in the United States and Canada.


Amanda Marcotte

Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon. Her new book, "Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set On Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself," is out now. She's on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte

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