Er, are they Canadian or European? Or is this some sort of racial thing?
I think Mark Steyn answers this question as well as anyone:
On the January 24th show, the question arose of whether the NHL should make protective visors mandatory, and Cherry remarked:
"Most of the guys that wear them are Europeans and French guys."
As of now, it's the second item in that column, which is pretty funny (as is Steyn's take on the puppet incident -- the first item):
The country has chosen to go to war with a puppet – Triumph The Insult Dog . As his name might have forewarned, Triumph has insulted Canada. Nothing unusual about that. He insults people for a living. What’s unique in this case is that both Federal and provincial levels of government paid for him and his master, Conan O’Brien, to come to Canada to insult us; they put him up in the best kennel at the Chateau Frontenac, etc. Try and imagine how the good folk of Troy would have felt if instead of just falling for that Trojan horse gag they’d actually paid the Greeks good money for it up front.
Triumph has actually recorded an album, some singles, done various concerts, and appeared on various other shows, such as Leno. I don't know if Robert Smigel, his creator, with a long strange history at Saturday Night Live and elsewhere, would want to break character to be interviewed about him; I doubt it, though I suspect Triumph himself is available for interviews.
As I blogged, it's pretty silly to book an insult dog, and get upset that he's insulting. It's quite an accomplishment, though; he's previously pissed off such meaningful contributors to our culture as "J-Lo" and "Eminem," but a whole country is a leap upwards.