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The 10 most cringeworthy lines in Rolling Stone’s Justin Trudeau profile

‘For Trudeau, listening is seducing’ and other awkward gems from Rolling Stone’s fawning profile of Canada’s prime minister


 
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a town hall with high school students in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 3, 2016. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

(Chris Wattie/Reuters)

The foreign press loves Justin Trudeau. He’s a big, shiny-haired opposite to Donald Trump, a walking advertisement for the kind of centrism and small-l liberal values other parts of the world seem to be abandoning wholesale. Fawning profiles and glamour cover shoots of the prime minister have proliferated since his election. Even so, Rolling Stone’s just-published entrant into the Trudeau-takes stakes is a real gem.

Here are some of the most cringeworthy lines, with a little context.


“His words are coherent and will not need to be run through Google Translate when he is done (except if you want to translate his French into English).”

Americans may be surprised to learn this, but with a few idiomatic and spelling differences Canadian English is largely the same as the version they speak south of the border.

RELATED: 11 Canadian words, phrases and slang most Americans wouldn’t understand


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“His sleeves are pushed up, his tie blue, his shirt white, his socks festooned with moose.”
A reference to the prime minister’s foot sheaves is, of course, mandatory in any foreign press account of the man. The style rule dates back at least as far as 2015.

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“For Trudeau, listening is seducing.”

Just, no.


“Leaving a House of Parliament room filled with portraits of French kings—where I heard him sing an off-key verse from Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”—Trudeau points out a portrait of Louis XIV. ‘He was the original believer in ‘sunny ways,’ ’ Trudeau tells me. He chuckles. (Louis XIV was known as the Sun King. I got the joke after I looked it up.)”

Look, myopia is a core part of the American stereotype. But Louis XIV’s sobriquet is on, like, the top-10 list of most widely-known leader nicknames, right up there with George “Dubya” Bush. (The Sun King was also the ultimate absolute monarch, and his troops did some truly unsavoury things across the various wars he waged, so Trudeau’s joke might need some reworking).


“The Canadians will hate this, but at times Trudeau and his young staff give off the aura of a well-meaning Netflix adaptation about a young, idealistic Canadian prime minister.”

Correct.


“Pierre [Trudeau] famously did a seemingly spontaneous pirouette behind the queen in 1977 at Buckingham Palace, but even that was planned in advance—a signal of Canadian disdain for Brit pomp.”

Staged spontaneity appears to run in the family. To his credit, the writer does acknowledge earlier in the piece that many of the prime minister’s random encounters with everyday folks seem to happen conveniently close to his official photographer.

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” ‘You have to wait for them to open it,’ says Trudeau, pointing to his Royal Canadian Mountain Police detail. He grins a bit. ‘It took me six months to figure that out.’ “

Fact: Yukon’s Mount Logan is the highest mountain peak in Canada, with an elevation of 5,956 metres. Fact: In Canada, we typically measure height in metres, not feet. Fact: Even when they’re not on horses, RCMP stands for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


“He did not make a political move until the announcement that he was running for Parliament, in 2007.”

This 2002 Maclean’s article—‘When I run’: Justin Trudeau considers politics—begs to differ.


“It feels like I’ve wandered into an ad hoc third-grade plenary session of the United Nations. The principal told me later that the school of 900 featured more than 20 languages and children from 35 countries.”

Ah yes, the obligatory counting of passport varieties among the parents of the assembled students.


“He gives the kids his old schoolteacher look. ‘We figured out how to make this a source of strength, a source of creativity, a source of resilience for our communities.’ “

Yup, yup, “resilience” is definitely a word an elementary school teacher would drop in normal conversation with his students.


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The 10 most cringeworthy lines in Rolling Stone’s Justin Trudeau profile

  1. Keep it up Macleans. ‘The kid’ may be in a class of his own but your rag is nothing special, it’s without class at all. Aside from the annual ranking of post-secondary-school institutions, it is largely formless and void. It could use more ‘Levant -ity’.

  2. After the Jackie Coakley incident, Rolling Stone is almost as trustworthy as this rag.

  3. There’s plenty to criticize Rolling Stone magazine for (and Trudeau too), and the “listening is seducing” line is treacly and smirk-inducing, I agree; but otherwise this snarky article had me scratching my head, e.g.: the Maclean’s response that “Americans may be surprised to learn this, but with a few idiomatic and spelling differences Canadian English is largely the same as the version they speak south of the border,” in response to RS’s “His words are coherent and will not need to be run through Google Translate when he is done (except if you want to translate his French into English).” Your writer completely missed the RS article’s point, which was comparing him favourably to Trump, for whom they DO have to struggle to figure out what the hell he means. Most of the other points just seemed…well, the Maclean’s writer is more or less agreeing with the RS slightly cynical commentary re Netflix, staged spontaneity, etc; and the snarky about Mount Logan, the RCMP and the metric system has me thinking the editorial staff of Maclean’s is coming down from a covfefe bender or something.

  4. I care little about what’s his name, I don’t even bother to ignore him

  5. Interesting that Rolling Stone would even make such a comparison. Noticeable that RS even lifted up Justin’s skirts. How strange. Came away with the feeling that Justin is a very silly bi-sexual.

    • No, that’s just your inner fear….about yourself

      • Emilynone, I doubt you even finished high school so don’t try to pretend by posting worthless dribble such as above ….

        • Yer a newbie arncha…..

  6. The Liberals were complaining about the Conservatives campaigning in the America media like yesterday. Do as I say, not as I do, apparently.

    • The Conservatives were slagging Canada in the US media for partisan purposes.

      Trudeau was profiled in a magazine.

      See the massive difference between the two?

      Probably you don’t.

      • He fully participated and cooperated with the profile. It was a political endeavour for partisan purposes at home and abroad, exactly like the Conservatives.

        The Conservatives were “selling” issues, their political bread and butter. The Liberals were “selling” Trudeau, their political bread and butter.

        • You still can’t get over that no one in the world was/is interested in Harper, can you?

          The classless Conservative stooges of Peter Kent and Michelle Rempel trip over each other in their haste to present their glossed over versions of the facts for a gullible, deliberately naive, bigoted audience in the US and you swallow it hook, line, and sinker. They should be ashamed of themselves for back stabbing Canada. And they should be ashamed of themselves for their “alternative facts”. We don’t need that in our country.

  7. Glad to see a sign of realization from Maclean’s that Trudeau deserves the pointy end for a while. This article may be a conciliatory gesture but Selfie Socks comes off looking as frivolous in the RS article as he does at work. Pretty bad if he cannot slam dunk a RS article,the desperately wanting to seem relevant Rolling Stone which has no DNA with it’s original intent…sad all round really,as JT is in charge of Canada.

  8. Better our PM is liked, rather than disliked around the world.

    Just smile and say Thank You for once.

    • I’m surprised the article didn’t say he was the most arrogant, narcissistic person they’d ever interviewed. Now that wouldn’t be anywhere close to fake news-an unusual event these days.

      • Jerome, read the article again. It wasn’t Harper that they interviewed!

    • It’s not exactly a stretch to come across better than Donald Trump. Anyone with half an ounce of self respect can do that, and it should not be congratulated. That being said, I think that Trump and Trudeau have two things in common.. 1. They are both obsessed with celebrities and being ‘admired’. And 2. they both don’t think through what they say or do.

      • I don’t think anyone cares what you “think”, Veronica. And it is a bit rich for you to accuse anyone of not thinking through what they say or do given the high school level cattiness of your comment!

  9. A pretty snarky and petty article towards RS, Americans and Trudeau. Nice click-bait headline though.

  10. ‘”His words are coherent and will not need to be run through Google Translate when he is done (except if you want to translate his French into English).”
    Americans may be surprised to learn this, but with a few idiomatic and spelling differences Canadian English is largely the same as the version they speak south of the border.’

    But the writer isn’t talking about translating English into English. It’s about translating FRENCH into English. I would say this article is equally as tragic as the RS one save for the fact that I’d bet the RS writer has better reading comprehension skills.

  11. Someone sure wrote something cringe worthy and it wasn’t Rolling Stone.This hapless Macleans reporter entirely missed the point in several instances when RS is comparing Trudeau with Trump as here:

    “His words are coherent and will not need to be run through Google Translate when he is done (except if you want to translate his French into English).”

    The tin eared reporters hectoring response: “Americans may be surprised to learn this, but with a few idiomatic and spelling differences Canadian English is largely the same as the version they speak south of the border:

    Followed by more of the same leaden prose from Macleans.

    The shock and outrage among Canadian political media is hilarious; they are so used to fetching sticks for the Conservatives that they are shocked to see reporters who are not part of their group think,but are closer to what most Canadians think.

    • You’ve got to be kidding!! There is next to nothing but left wing, snowflake, Liberal supporting media in Canada.

      • Oh, come again, Jerome!
        The whole Postmedia chain endorsed the Conservatives! Those newspapers include the Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, Ottawa Sun, Toronto Sun, Winnipeg Sun,Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, London Free Press,Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, The Province,Regina Leader Post, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Vancouver Sun, The Windsor Star. And that list includes the National Post as well!
        The Globe and Mail also endorsed the Conservatives in 2015! (the G & M endorsement was particularly ludicrouse because they were endorsing a Harperless Conservative government in a last ditch desperate attempt to see the Conservatives win).
        So, your comment ranks right up there on the silliness scale with the G & M endorsement.

  12. This is some weak-sauce dissing, Mr. Hemmadi. Trudeau’s definitely got his problems, and in all likelihood won’t have my vote next time around, but you’re grasping at straws with this article (which, rest assured, is infinitely more “cringe-worthy” than the RS piece).

    Also, (a) the “Mountain Police” bit, while certainly regrettable, has since been fixed, and (b) the Google Translate bit was not about Canadian English, but very clearly a dig at 45’s word salad. Sheesh.

  13. “Americans may be surprised to learn this, but with a few idiomatic and spelling differences Canadian English is largely the same as the version they speak south of the border,” in response to RS’s “His words are coherent and will not need to be run through Google Translate when he is done (except if you want to translate his French into English).”

    I think you didn’t got what the RS writer was referring to. When I read the RS piece, I took it that the RS reporter was alluding to Donald Trump who speaks neither English nor French. You need to use google translate to go from Trumpanese to English. I don’t think it was a dig at any previous Canadian Prime Ministers or Canadians in general.

    • While I don’t always like what he says, I can actually understand Trump. Trudeau when scripted sounds like an over emoting Shakespearean actor and when he’s not scripted there are so many ers and ahs, he’s incomprehensible.

      • The “ers” and “ahs” are to make him seem more like a Kennedy.
        Better then driving a girl into a river, I suppose…

      • “While I don’t always like what he says, I can actually understand Trump.” Sure, Jerome. I suspect that you eat up every word! Don’t try to make excuses to cover up now.

  14. Where are the selfies ….?

    • Hmmmm? What grade are you in again, Kraminator?

  15. Rolling Stone is the rag that gave us “A Rape on Campus” a few years back. Jann Wenner needs Justin’s help to sell lots of magazines to pay the defamation awards arising from that fiasco.

    • And it wasn’t so long ago that the face of one of the Boston bombers graced the cover of RS. Sick!!!

  16. The is the most obnoxious and crassly Harperian relic I can even conceive of. It’s a disgrace to your editorial staff and common courtesy.

    I’m out of here.

    • Can you take Emilooney with you?

  17. The entire Rolling Stones article made me slightly nauseous. Interesting and of course very obvious this Trudeau fluff piece is published just days after it was brought to light to Americans this government paid blood money to a convicted terrorist who killed a US medic. Soros is working overtime to display this poster boy in a good light after so much negative publicity….thankfully, Canadians can see right through the cardboard cutout.

    • Actually, the whole “bringing to light to Americans” was done by a pair of two faced, disloyal, cherry picking elected representatives from a party that was appealing to their gullible American counterparts of their equally gullible targeted Canadian audience of people who rarely think or research independently. Peter Kent and Michelle Rempel should be ashamed of themselves.

  18. The cover tells it all. There are few things that illustrate that someone is a vacuous liberal who has never done a day’s work in his life than the good ol’ rolled up shirtsleeve. Show me a guy who rolls in at the crack of ten, takes a two hour lunch, and gets out by three, and contributes nothing in between, and I’ll show you a guy who loves to be photographed with his tie loosened and his shirtsleeves rolled up. Show me a white collar metrosexual with an IQ that closely resembles the daily high in Winnipeg, in May, and I’ll show you a guy who loves to be photographed with his shirtsleeves rolled.
    Obama loved to pose that way, and evidently so does Prince Justin.

    • None of that is true.
      For example, everybody knows he works really hard. Mulroney told you that years ago when he warned Conservatives not to underestimate him. You’re still doing it!
      The Party and the Ottawa media–all Brazeaus. Remember him?

      • We do know that Trudeau has the worse attendance record of any Premier (maybe modern Premier).
        Trudeau has skipped 58% of Ottawa’s sessions. This compares to Harper skipping 46% of the time.
        You may remember the media going after Harper because he would skip question period? Well, Justy has answered far less questions already then Harper ever did. Where is the media outrage?

        • I guess your views of Trudeau are so twisted that you think he is doing nothing when not in the House?
          Give your head a shake. He’s the PM.

          • He does nothing when he attends, why should his off time be different?

          • What’s twisted in sticking up for someone with a poor attendance record.

            Do you think your place of employment would put up with that?

        • Well actually, Chip, the media went after Harper because he wouldn’t answer questons when in question period. Or because he droned on with the same, scripted, fabricated non-answers to questions.

          And, by the way, Trudeau is the Prime Minister not Premier.

          • Finally agreement. Media did go after Harper.
            But media gives a free pass to cover boy. Even though he’s answered less questions in the same timeframe. What finally does get answered is just as scripted but in additions it’s full of mindless ums and ers.

        • And you are being just plain stupid with your second comment there, Chip. Don’t call other people out for being “twisted” when you are deliberately being so yourself!

          • Your just as idiotic sticking up for someone elses mindless drivel.

    • Oh, Bill, you just can’t get over your hapless idol, Harper, getting his nasty, divisive, incompetent butt kicked out by a Trudeau. There was such a sweet justice in the 2015 election result given Harper’s diatribe about Trudeau Senior a few years earlier. It is particularly strange that you would refer to low IQ given your small child name calling rant. You remind me of a 5 year old trying to think of all the bad things that they can say about somebody.