By Frank Moher
Could Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel have been any more humourless in his response to Lady Gaga’s cheerful twit-pic from Rexall Place on Saturday? (That’s it to the left.) Crews had removed the letter “O” from a sign to position a spotlight; our lady, or one among her entourage, grabbed a shot of the result and sent it off to her 5.8 million Twitter followers, with the message “Holy mother of laughter.”
“Harrumph, harrumph,” responded Mandel, doing his best imitation of a mayor from central casting. “Some things are disgusting and you shouldn’t have to say they’re disgusting. I think it demeans them more than anything else.”
Look, Edmonton, it wouldn’t hurt you to be known for something other than hockey and mega-shopping for once. Not everyone is exactly down with that “Oil Country” thing anyway, what with the Gulf still recovering from its recent lube job and the oil sands getting the kind of PR once reserved for Tiger Woods. A change to “Oil C untry,” with the world’s most glam pop star as your spokesgrrl, couldn’t hurt for awhile. As for your mayor, his response should be to point out that Ms. Gaga came to Edmonton for two shows while bypassing Calgary altogether, thus proving that, while Calgary may have all the head offices, Edmonton still has éclat. That is all. No more needs to be said. No, really.
Do you still have that “City of Champions” sign on the outskirts? I recommend you switch it up immediately. You know with what.