Conservative firebrand Ezra Levant, a pundit some refer to as Canada's Rush Limbaugh, took to social media yesterday to denounce Joe Beef's David McMillan for an extempore tweet about Omar Khadr. Khadr is the Toronto-born, former Guantanamo Bay detainee whose conviction of killing a U.S. medic in Afghanistan in 2002 as a 15-year-old was widely denounced by civil rights groups. The now repatriated 28-year-old Khadr was released on bail by an Alberta judge yesterday—to the apparent dismay of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, McMillan wrote: "Omar Khadr come eat on us anytime, @pmharper boy did you look like a dumbass again!" Media personality Levant, author of such books as Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands and Groundswell: The Case for Fracking, got wind of the tweet and went on the offensive.
McMillan apologized for his tweet today and told the CBC that it was prompted by "anger at Stephen Harper I have from multiple subjects. In retrospect, I should not have done it from the restaurant Twitter account."
Last night I made a dumb tweet about a subject I did not fully comprehend . It was based on a feeling of empathy— David McMillan (@joebeef) May 8, 2015
In a 2012 profile of Levant, National Post journalist Jonathan Kay wrote that "his rottweiler style demands that he reduce his enemies to detested caricatures: priggish censors, brain-dead bureaucrats, naïve tree-huggers. He does this better than anyone. Even Limbaugh himself could learn a thing or two from Levant." Ironically, Levant's boycott call provoked a deluge of tweets in support of McMillan and Joe Beef today, most notably from the likes of Montreal restaurant critic Lesley Chesterman and La Presse journalist Patrick Lagacé.