Canada is known for being overly politically-correct and liberal, but once again, they have taken things too far.
Nick Troller is their latest victim. He is now having his license plate taken away because of claims that it is offensive to indigenous people.
His insurance company received complaints about his two year old license plate that reads, “ASIMIL8.” This is not at all a reference to politics or a way to get back at the indigenous or immigrants or minorities.
It is actually a reference to Star Trek. The Borg are evil aliens in Star Trek who “assimilate” their victims. Their other well known motto is “Resistance is Futile.”
Troller has been served a letter that says his plate is offensive and was ordered to surrender it right away.
He responded by saying, “we’ve become way too sensitive. You can’t say anything anymore to anybody.” Before these complaints, he has only received compliments for his witty plate and people asking to take pictures with it.
From Heat Street:
The term “assimilate” can refer to the process in which members of a group are absorbed into the culture of another population. In the Star Trek franchise, the malevolent Borg forcibly assimilate sentient lifeforms into their machine “hivemind”.
Speaking to CTV News, a spokesperson for the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation, Ry Moran, said that the word “assimilate” is indeed too offensive to be displayed on the plate, regardless of intent.
“Words like that, meant or not, have an actual impact on many people,” said Moran—as if one man’s Star Trek reference was capable of oppressing millions of Canadians.
In Manitoba, license plates are the property of the government and there is no appeal process for rejected or revoked slogans. MPI policy states that plates are prohibited from containing slogans that could be considered offensive. The Manitoba licensing bureau is treating complaints over the ASIMIL8 plate “very seriously” and will investigate why the plate was ever approved in the first place.