As we all know, Canadians are generally pretty polite and harmless folks. Most of the time you can make fun of us and we’ll just feel happy to be included… heck, we might even join in. But when you act like a spoiled and ungrateful jackass on our public radio and call us “mashed potatoes with no gravy”, well, you’re going to run the risk of having the entire country at your throat.
Billy Bob Thornton found this out the hard way after his self-sabotaging interview on CBC Radio went viral across the internet on Thursday, and fans later booed him and his band The Boxmasters offstage while opening for Willie Nelson at Massey Hall that night. The Boxmasters then proceeded to cancel the rest of their Canadian tour dates, giving the lame excuse that one band member and several crew members were down with the flu. It’s hard to say whether or not this will affect the band’s popularity back in the U.S., but I’d say the Billy Bob backlash is in full effect right now. If he’s smart he’ll come out and apologize soon, or risk having a P.R. nightmare on his hands. What do you think, are the internet and media helping to keep a celebrity in his place, or did they blow this situation way out of proportion?