Church & Carlton – S1, E1 – Christie Pits

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Well, folks, I did it. It’s not exactly Serial but I have here for your enjoyment the very first episode of the Church & Carlton podcast. In light of recent events, I think it’s especially prescient.

If people want to hear more, I’m aiming to release new episodes every other Tuesday. After I put a few of these out there, I’ll put up a Patreon to tide me over until I can get that sweet, sweet Squarespace money. In the meantime, you can get updates on Facebook here.

Tonight’s episode features an infamous baseball game that would change Toronto forever and calls into question some of the stories we like to tell ourselves about our city.

Enjoy.

– E.C.

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Local Jeffs Confused By Response To Kevin Pillar Slur

Jeff Ferguson, 45, expresses confusion after LGBT Blue Jays fans tweeted their disappointment in Kevin Pillar for using a homophobic slur.

TORONTO – A contingent of confused local men named Jeff took to the streets last night to protest the reverse-homophobic treatment of Blue Jays’ CF Kevin Pillar at the hands of some special snowflakes on Twitter. Pillar, who was caught on camera uttering a homophobic slur during Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, has become an unlikely rallying point for Jeffs who would otherwise be slightly uncomfortable around Jewish people.

“I personally don’t see an issue with saying that word in a moment of frustration,” said Jeff Anderson, 45. “I called the office copy machine a f****t just last week.”

“The trouble is that this generation is too sensitive,” his friend Jeff Benson, 45, added. “When I was young, we got offended by important things like Janet Jackson’s right nipple and songs that might subconsciously remind people of 9/11. Nowadays, kids want you to apologize every time you say something demeaning and offensive to vulnerable minorities. I mean, am I gonna get thrown in a concentration camp next time I make fun of a cab driver’s accent?”

Jeff Carson, 45, choked back tears as he rallied the crowd with a powerful speech about diversity and inclusion in baseball. “Jackie Robinson didn’t become the first black guy to pull himself up by his bootstraps and make it to the big leagues just so we could discriminate against heterosexuals and I think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would agree with me!”

“It’s outrageous,” said Jeff Davidson, 45, when confronted with accusations of homophobia among the protesters. “How could I be homophobic when I took my wife Suzanne to see that Michael Bublé at the Living Arts Centre?” When informed that Bublé is, in fact, straight, Davidson mumbled “Coulda fooled me,” and looked down at his Dockers slip-on loafers.

The protest ended in chaos as former Walrus editor Jonathan Kay sat cross-legged in the middle of the intersection, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match to protest this shocking act of cultural Marxism. “Such a tragedy,” said Jeff Ericsson, 45. “This is the saddest thing to happen since that George Michael guy died of…I don’t know. AIDS, probably.”