Make Canada great again' flyers with anti-Muslim, anti-gay imagery alarm McGill University community
Islamophobic, homophobic messaging could be 'very distasteful attempt at humour,' student says
Flyers posted around McGill University featuring anti-Muslim and anti-homosexual imagery, along with a call to “make Canada great again,” are raising concern among students and faculty.
The posters, playing on Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan, feature a maple leaf in the background and crossed-out symbols that represent Islam, communism and homosexuality.
The posters include the web addresses of white supremacy sites and are signed, “brought to you by your local deplorables,” a reference to a comment Hillary Clinton made about Trump supporters during the campaign.
Michelle Li, a fourth-year student and a member of the Queer McGill student group, said her first reaction when she saw a poster was that “somebody is making a very, very distasteful attempt at humour.”
“I think it’s just confirming what we all sort of know in the back of our heads, which is that there are people who don’t agree that I want to live my life like this,” she told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak.
“It’s scary that they feel comfortable enough to be able to put it out there.”