If you were one of the millions of Canadians watching Sunday’s Juno Awards who thought co-host Russell Peters stepped over the line when he introduced Canada’s Heritage Minister Melanie Joly by calling her “hot,” you weren’t alone.
In fact, Joly herself wasn’t amused by the Brampton-born comedian’s remarks, and tells Canadian Press that she found his comments to be “clearly inappropriate,” adding that “this type of humour does not have a place at the Junos.”
According to CP, Joly also expressed her pride in representing Canada’s $53-billion music industry, pointing out that Canada is the world’s third-largest exporter of music. In addition, Joly added that “she wants to see hosts of the Junos promote values including gender parity.”
Peters, who co-hosted with veteran rocker Bryan Adams, has also been under fire for a joke he made about the young females in attendance at Sunday’s awards show, which took place at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.
“Look at all the young girls,” quipped Peters at the start of the show. “This is a felony waiting to happen.”
Peters’ comment led him to be bashed in the Twitterverse via pointed tweets such as these:
On Wednesday, Allan Reid, the president of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, apologized for Peters’ remarks. Reid said in a statement that the Junos do not “in any way support, nor did we sanction, the off-script remarks.”
“On behalf of CARAS and The JUNO Awards, I want to address the comments made by Russell Peters on our broadcast on Sunday, April 2,” Reid begins the statement. “We do not, in any way support, nor did we sanction, the off-script remarks Mr. Peters made in regards to the girls and women in attendance at the Awards, along with his inappropriate reference to the Honourable Minister Mélanie Joly.”
Reid apologized for Peters’ comments, saying they do no represent the organization: “CARAS, The JUNO Awards, and myself, deeply apologize for the upset this has caused. This incident is not reflective of any views held in our organization.”