Occupy Kim Kardashian, Not Wall Street, Says Top Canadian TV Pundit
Veteran CBC commentator tells anti-capitalist movement to target "the whole dam clan of Khardashians for their shameless cupidity."
TORONTO – In the latest sign of a rightward shift at Canada’s public broadcaster, veteran Canadian Broadcasting Corp. TV political pundit Rex Murphy has urged Canadians to forget Wall Street and target Kim Kardashian and Hollywood.
“If greed's the target, and vulgarity a bonus, then Occupy Kim Kardashian. Occupy the whole dam clan of Khardashians for their shameless cupidity,” Murphy, who appears on CBC TV's The National and hosts CBC radio's Cross Country Checkup, wrote Saturday in a National Post newspaper column.
The Canadian pundit slammed Kim Kardashian for a "staged connubial farce" after she and husband Kris Humphries starred in Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event, and then filed for divorce after 72 days of marriage.
Murphy also steered the Occupy Wall Street movement's “righteous tent-and-yurt” supporters towards targetting Canadian actors and directors who made it in Hollywood, among other TV celebrities.
“Go find James Cameron. Avatar, the puerile 3-D eco-fairytale, was his latest and most expensive cinematic trinket, approaching $500 million to make, according to some estimates,” he wrote.
“Occupy James Cameron for epic excess and pointless expenditure in a world of want and woe,” Murphy added.
He also questioned why Jim Carrey should be paid millions for “screwing up his face for a couple of days,” Cameron Diaz “to chirp and smile” and Megan Fox for “wearing tight jeans.”
“Why then is there not an Occupy Hollywood movement twice as furious and twice as righteous as the Wall Street one?” Murphy concluded.
His comments come weeks after the CBC ombudsman had to publicly apologize after the pubcaster’s business pundit Kevin O’Leary called American writer and war correspondent Chris Hedges a “left-wing nutbar” on air when he came on the Lang & O’Leary Exchange to talk about the Occupy Wall Street movement.
And the CBC last month had to distance itself from its top hockey pundit, Don Cherry, after he called ex-NHL enforcers “pukes” and “hypocrites” for coming out against fighting in pro hockey.
Cherry subsequently apologized on air for his outburst after the CBC said it was backing the National Hockey League as it considered ending headshots and fighting in the sport.