By Frank Moher
Last week we reported on the ongoing saga of Officer Bubbles, the Toronto cop who became infamous during the G20 for threatening to bust a bubble-blowing protestor. Constable Bubbles, you will recall (or maybe not), has launched a 1.2 million dollar lawsuit against YouTube for hosting cartoons and comments deriding him, while also demanding that the identities of his critics be revealed.
We added our own contribution to the melee, a poem, “Lay Off Officer Bubbles.” Response to it was so overwhelming (okay, not really) that we have decided to hire a distinguished actor recently laid off by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain to perform it for posterity. And YouTube. It is at once a moving plea for compassion and understanding, and a coruscating condemnation of hypocrisy. Or it would be if it were better.
Take it away, Sir Eustace:
By the way, here you will find a picture of Officer Bubbles chatting to TVO’s Steve Paikin at the opening of the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert a few nights ago. Wearing a feather boa. Constable Bubbles, that is, not Steve Paikin.
No, really, he is. We wouldn’t say so if it wasn’t true. We don’t have 1.2 million dollars.