by Justin Lawrence

WORDS FROM MOTHER VOL. 1

Amidst the airwaves and the broadcasts that envelope me, I have heard the story of Bigfoot too many times to count. Urban myth, nighttime story, or campfire fright – these are the usual mediums through which such a story is told.

In this age of streaming services and at-home debuts, the story has taken on a new light.

Possibly to the chagrin of the big guy.

You may have heard of Bigfoot Family, the cute cartoon story of a family with some unique powers, using them for good in a bid to protect a pristine valley from Big Oil. Such a narrative has been retold in some form for countless years.

Netflix animated film Bigfoot Family – Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Bigfoot Family takes the story to an entirely new level. This new chapter of the sasquatch story finds us thrust into a family dynamic already upset by a genetically engineered father figure, offspring with magical powers, and the overly original mother. With his hairy bod and faster-than-thou running, our protagonist thrusts himself into a crowd of environmentalists standing between a corporation and the desecration of an ecosystem.

If that isn’t enough to draw you in, this tidbit will be.

The Netflix film has caught the attention of the Alberta government’s Canadian Energy Centre (CEC) and their posse of oil & gas boosters. It has taken them by storm, and they are trying to bring about a boycott.

Well, excuse me. You ain’t my daddy, honey. 

Naturally, I watched it. Not an Oscar winner, but if it ruffles the feathers of the CEC, you can bet this Mother will be first in line.

The Centre has even gone so far as to publicize that this film is “full of lies,” as CBC reports, and is calling on their ardent supporters (that’s you, honeybunch) to email the streaming giant Netflix in a bid to combat the alleged wanton dissemination of vilifying and disparaging illustrations.

First off, it is a cartoon for children. Second off, it ain’t far from the truth. And I think that’s what they’re scared of the most.

Keep in mind that this call to arms is spearheaded by a private organization that exemplifies how best to waste $30 million of taxpayer’s money. Their logo debacle, deliberate misrepresentation of journalism, and picking a fight with the New York TImes are only a few of the many examples they’ve given us of what not to do.

Naturally, they wanted to fight with a cartoon and a multinational streaming giant next.

Good luck, sugar! I’ll pack your lunch to go?

The CEC was kind enough to emphasize their points of conflict with the movie; the use of “big red bombs” and the vilifying of those who work in the oil and gas industry. Tom Olsen, head of the CEC war room, recently told a CBC reporter that “the film claims an oil company intends to use a bomb to blow apart a mountain landscape…,” an action he says is a lie.

Olsen, honey, I believe you have forgotten an important detail that I can, thankfully, remember.

In the 1950s, an oil giant by the name of Richfield Oil Corporation, out of California, concocted a plan to have a nuclear device detonated underneath Athabasca in a bid to bring oil products to the surface, according to a National Post article. It was a bid that was narrowly shelved.

Narrowly.

I always prefer to avoid a nuclear stomach ache in my gut, don’t you? Personally, I believe that’s a no-brainer for most of us. Clearly, that is not the case for Olsen and his team of unethical, problematic, and downright childish attempts at journalists.

These red bombs that they so ardently want to fight against are a fictional, computer-generated image of a truth that they would rather bury than admit to. As for the portrayal of villainous employees of an oil and gas corporation – well, let’s admit to ourselves that character portrayal in any movie isn’t going to be spot on. Though, if you’re a ‘Bertan, you’ll agree it’s pretty airtight.

My hat goes off to the CEC on this, though; they really know how to drum up some free publicity for what would have been an overlooked Netflix film. Personally, I would watch it again just to piss off the Centre.

In fact, let me pop some popcorn, you bring the drinks, and we can sit down and enjoy some brainwashing entertainment together.

These have been this week’s words from Mother.