A fraudulent, old-stock, kept conservative who would suck the chrome off his masters’ bumper for a paycheck/relevance/ego stroke. He traded his wife and family for it, so you better take Brian Lilley’s word.
Last week, NDP leader and devout Sikh Jagmeet Singh held a fugazi hearing with grocery store owners to stunt their price gouging. Price gouging past inflation is real in Canada, but Jagmeet’s hearing was more about PR than a hearing. Most journalists discussed the PR narrative, but Brian isn’t most journalists. He’s a paid cudgel for the Toronto Sun Of Odin (a conservative propaganda outlet owned by US conservative hedge fund Chatham Asset management), so he decided to mock Jagmeet’s turban for his racist overlords.
Jagmeet wore a yellow turban to the hearing. Brian here insinuated Jagmeet wore yellow as an homage to Galen Weston’s ‘No Frills’ brand because he’s a colonial piece of shit with no regard for people/culture that doesn’t rhyme with White Man.
— Arlene Dickinson (@ArleneDickinson) March 10, 2023
Brian is a radio failure and part of a weird conservative “think tank” of losers like John Gormley, Ezra Levant, Gavin McInnes, and Rex Murphy. They live to make readers’ lives worse. The goal is to weaponize anything and everything, and some light racism goes a long way with the racist readership of the Toronto Sun.
Where racist tweets by employees used to be fireable offenses, The Toronto Sun values them. They love that attention. Their conservative racist base sees Brian as a man who upholds their colonial values and woke Canada will hate-click on Sun stories, so they dig the attention.
— Caryma Sa'd – Lawyer + Political Satirist (@CarymaRules) March 11, 2023
Are you a no name columnist? NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is an Orthodox Sikh. He does not wear a No Name Turban. There is no public interest in mocking his turban & his Sikh Faith. Don't know why this needs to be explained, Mr. No Name. Didn't you stop being 5yrs old, 5 decades ago? https://t.co/XexJbbsiPo
— Charles Adler (@charlesadler) March 9, 2023
BlogTO: Lilley, a longtime political columnist for the Toronto Sun and who is currently in a relationship with Doug Ford’s Deputy Chief of Staff, took down his tweet after just under 48 hours of backlash.
“I have deleted a previous tweet that has caused controversy and been seen as insensitive. That was not the intent and I apologize to those who I offended. The tweet has therefore been deleted,” he wrote in a statement posted to his own profile at 3:20 p.m. on Friday, while his name was trending.
Nobody liked that.
Lilley’s fans are chiding the columnist for bowing to the “woke mob” by deleting a tweet that they did not personally find offensive, while critics are saying an apology isn’t enough. They want Lilley to lose his job.
Singh himself addressed the controversy publicly not long after Lilley’s tweet had been erased, writing on Friday evening:
“I’ve had lots of great conversations about why I wear a turban and what it means. But some people try to make us feel less than. I think of how that hurts kids especially. To them I say: Be who you are. Have pride in all you bring to the table. You belong.”
Brian Lilley will never get fired from his gig as a fake journalist. He left his family for Doug Ford’s coms director, Ivana Yelich, for it and writes ANYTHING his GF’s boss tells him to write so one racist tweet won’t matter.
Sun publisher Arianne Batra is BEST BEST friends with Doug Ford and Rob Ford’s former press secretary. Brian probably got a raise, not a letter of reprimand.
Not only does Brian suck at being a human being and a journalist, but he also sucks at apologies.
Corporate shill Brian Lilleywhite drops the dogswhistle and goes full racist.
I often take issue with what Jagmeet Singh says, question his political loyalties i.e. is he US Berniebro and/or anti-monarchy, but what he wears is totally irrelevant to his public service as an MP. https://t.co/VoGGOtLF0q
— Essie 🐝 Official 🇨🇦🌎❤️ (@sblogga) March 9, 2023
A real human being would have tweeted, “I realize my tweet negatively portrayed and mocked the significance of Sikh religion and culture. I’m sorry if mocking Jagmeet’s Turban as a cheap grocery store stunt offended those in the Sikh community. It was wrong, and I should stick to writing what my girlfriend’s boss told me. Also, I’m a walking midlife crisis failure, so I hate myself.”
I’m sure he could have crunched that into 240 characters or less. Right?
Mistakes deserve amends. Brian’s Tweet was intentional, not a mistake. His fake apology was calculated to shift the narrative. Brian Lilley’s racist tweet doesn’t mean he’s a racist, but it sure doesn’t help, and Canadians won’t let him or the Sun forget it.
Thank you for this wonderful lesson on how to say sorry without saying sorry. pic.twitter.com/F3wn3g4AbG
— Shelagh McNally (@SHEwhoMUSTbeHRD) March 11, 2023
Mocking Sikhs in Turbans has always been racist. In case you were looking for an out for Bri. The day Jagmeet wore that turban, it was “HOLI” – the Indian celebration of color. A real reporter would have researched that before launching racist tweets like a fucking no-mind.
But Brian isn’t a real reporter. He’s a paid agent of the Conservative party. His only job is to be their bitch, and he’s crushing it.
Hair plugs don’t buy themselves, kids.
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