The Vancouver Canucks' loss of the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins did not sit well with the Canadian fans. In fact, some may call their behavior downright childish, petulant, and barbaric, what with all their beer bottle throwing and car tipping, among other things. But there are other people in Vancouver, dare I say, more civilized folk, who don't want their fair city looking like the inside of Charlie Sheen's brain -- and who also don't want the bad rap!
Enter social media. Groups on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr have formed in an effort to rally people to help clean up the city. The Facebook group, "Post Riot Clean-up - Let's help Vancouver" currently has over 13,000 planned attendants offering to help un-crap the city. And you thought all Vancouver fans were lunatics.
The Twitter account, which has over 2,000 followers, keeps those wishing to help in the loop about times and locations, etc., while the Tumblr documents the people at fault in the riots. A website, www.canucksriot2011.com, has also been started, but when I checked it, all I got was an "account suspended" memo.
All I have to say is: Awesome. The behavior of the Vancouver fans last night was completely inexcusable. Not only is it "just a game," they're going and messing up their own city. What do they get out of that? Besides a s****y city. Not that it would at all be acceptable, but I could understand wanting to riot in Boston -- after all, that's the city that mopped the floor with them -- but trashing the place that they live in only makes me think of the adage, "cutting off your nose to spite your face."
But let's focus on the good, eh? How great is it that there are people in Vancouver who think like me (and hopefully you)? These people were probably just as upset about the loss as the rioters, albeit more sober, but want to demonstrate a group act of kindness and civility instead of idiocy and violence. I think it's wonderful. And I actually think it makes up for last night. Go, Canada!
How great are these cleanup efforts?
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