Newfoundland and Labrador’s lieutenant-governor John Crosbie apologized Thursday for making fun of Pakistan suicide bombers that a few found offensive.
“If anyone who thinks the joke is offensive, or there’s something wrong with it, well I’ll apologize to them, sure – If that’s what they think. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings,” he said.
Last week, Crosbie cracked a joke on the appointment of provincial cabinet ministers by saying, “I called a suicide hotline. I got a call centre in Pakistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited and asked me if I could drive a truck.”
He also said he will be more vigilant in the future and does not intend to offend anyone.
He added: “I’m not a racist. Never have been, but they’re sensitive about it apparently. I’m not going to get into any argument with them, except notice their opinion and I’m sorry that they were disturbed.”
While Newly-minted cabinet ministers laughed during Crosbie’s speech, Pakistani students at Memorial University of Newfoundland were shocked and offended.
“When I heard this for the first time, it was shocking for me. It’s not in line with the spirit of Newfoundland. The people of Newfoundland are very friendly. I have not felt or heard these kinds of jokes here in Newfoundland,” said student Wasiq Waqar.
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