Military investigates video of racially charged skit

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Re: Military investigates video of racially charged skit

Post by gerardjames752 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:52 pm

ok...that was funny, "hey kid, get away from that car bomb- I mean taxi.."

Military investigates video of racially charged skit

Post by just_the_flu » Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:49 pm

The Canadian military has launched a formal investigation after a racially charged video was leaked to CBC News.

The video features an unidentified member of Canadian Forces Base Greenwood in Nova Scotia. The man is in brown makeup and wearing a turban, pretending to be Osama bin Laden’s brother.

The video was produced for a formal dinner on the base in January 2010, a time when Afghanistan was still a combat mission for Canada and there were about 2,800 Canadian military personnel serving there.

In a four-minute excerpt, the bin Laden character jokingly boasts of working directly for his brother.

Speaking with a thick accent, he refuses to reveal where bin Laden is hiding.

"It seems you silly infidels will never find him. I do not want to be talking about him. It is always about him. I get the guns, I steal the bullets, I make the bombs, I do everything. All he ever does is take credit for my shit."

A second character in the video, a woman playing the role of a news anchor, asks the bin Laden character what he’s doing now that he is living in Vancouver.

"What do you think I’m doing out here, you silly infidel? I am driving one very nice taxi."

He then moves off camera and yells, "Hey kid, get away from that car bomb — I mean taxi. It is very dangerous. Don’t be giving me your dirty finger. I am telling you, I will come to your home and I’ll hump your goat."

During the skit, the soldier portraying the bin Laden character names an officer working at the military base as the reason he is granting the interview. CBC News has decided not to name the officer.

The officer has confirmed to CBC that she became aware of the video after it was viewed at the mess dinner. She said she questioned her superiors about it and received apologies from everyone involved in the production.

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