The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to hear a complaint against a restaurant chain that sells a beer called Albino Rhino, because a woman who suffers albinism considers it offensive.This is beyond ridiculous. Though it's no surprise that the BCHRT is hearing the complaint. They're just doing what grievance mongers and enablers are inclined to do.
... Ikponwosa Ero, a 31-year-old immigrant from Nigeria, says Earls restaurants Albino rhino and wings combo is no different than offering an “Alzheimer’s appetizer,” or “Down syndrome daiquiri.”
... Earls [has] been selling Albino rhino beer for 25 years without complaint
Both Ero, a professional albino rights activist, and the BCHRT deserve maximum ridicule. And judging from the comments on McParland's column they're getting it.
Not a bad column by McParland but he's way too accomodating:
... both parties in the dispute have valid enough arguments [No they don't.]Kudos to Earls for not knuckling under.
... Earls also has a reasonable case. [... ie. Ero has a "reasonable" case. No she doesn't.]
... could Earls have maybe avoided some bad publicity and needless legal expense by agreeing to quietly relabel the suds “white rhino” over an extended period? Would it have been so difficult? [B.S. Why should Earl's modify a perfectly respectable brand of 25 years to satisfy one professional complainer's unreasonable complaint.]