The Sedins strike back
Much has been made over the xenophobic ramblings of hockey curmudgeon Mike Milbury and his reference to Henrik and Daniel Sedin as ‘Thelma and Louise’. It boils down to Milbury calling the Sedin twins girls because they’re not the type to play the bang and crash style of hockey that Milbury would apparently like to see from them. Never mind that Milbury once mortgaged a franchise’s future on a player that’s softer than a bag of fresh marshmallows in Alexei Yashin, his comments are just the brand of chest thumping anti-European sentiment that Don Cherry trumpeted through most of the 80s and 90s. Even Grapes has relented somewhat in recent years, but Milbury has effectively taken over the role as target for thinking hockey fans that wish to see this type of sexist and xenophobic garbage eliminated from hockey coverage.
Both Henrik and Daniel took the opportunity to address Milbury’s comments, effectively summing up what most people offended by Mad Mike would have wanted to say and even slipping in a couple of good barbs of their own, via The Globe and Mail:
“I think he has to be happy with his career,” said the Canucks’ captain, referring to Milbury, aka Mad Mike, the man who ironically traded away Roberto Luongo for a bag full of pucks in his days as the New York Islanders’ general manager. “He did a great job on Long Island. I’m sure he is happy with that.”
And brother Daniel wasn’t too happy with Milbury, who also does time as a Hockey Night and NESN commentator, either: “We don’t really worry about those kind of comments. He made a bad comment about us, calling us women. I don’t know how he looks at women. I would be pretty mad if I was a woman.”
Furthermore, as Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski so elegantly denoted on Sunday, Milbury’s ‘Thelma and Louise’ analogy is a complete dud:
The problem with Mike Milbury’s “Thelma and Louise” crack about Daniel and Henrik Sedin(notes) wasn’t just that it reinforces his reputation as a Euro-trashing xenophobe who has now worked emasculation into his stand-up act — it’s that the analogy fails on every level.
Thelma and Louis weren’t related, let alone twins. And despite their anatomy, they’re not the example of limp-wristed cowardice that Milbury was attempting to apply to the Sedins; could he have picked two more strong-willed, aggressively violent women, who chug Wild Turkey and love’em-then-leave’em? Margret Carlson of TIME referred to “Thelma and Louise” as “the first major female buddy movie, [but] it is more like a male buddy movie with two women plunked down in the starring roles.”
But within the context of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Milbury’s comparison really — and excuse the obvious pun — goes over a cliff.
Thelma and Louise are proactive characters who would rather die than be captured, contained or controlled by others.
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