Today is April Fools' Day, and many websites are celebrating it, including Bulbagarden, who put up a few fake news articles, including this one. The reason why I'm pointing this out is because of this paragraph:
"What's been revealed sounds so stereotypically Canadian, I can't
believe that this is real." reports Jeff Flocon, a Quebec competitive
strategist and commentator. "The villains sound like a spoof on
provincial politics, and the Pokémon choices sound like stereotypical
Canadian wildlife of moose and beavers. Are you serious, Game Freak?!"
Mr. Flocon did note that the new battle arena did "sound appealing".
Well well, what do we have here. Jeff Flocon from Quebec, competitive strategist and commentator. Yeah, you all know where I'm going with this, don't you? I'm from Quebec, not gonna argue against that. "Jeff", while not my actual first name, is a diminutive form used by many people who have it, and is more importantly the in-game name I used in all my Pokémon LPs. "Flocon" is French for snowflake. "Competitive strategist and commentator"? I could argue over semantics, but they had to put something there, especially since I'm not doing LPs anymore, so close enough, I suppose. And they did get the signature exaggerated anger down pat, too.
Yep, they just did that. Either my awesome Pokémon street cred is more far-reaching than I thought, or this is the eerie coincidence to end all eerie coincidences. Never expected Bulbagarden of all places to do this, especially after the YeOldeJacob saga a few years ago.
Now, the million dollar question is, had those reveals been for real, would I have reacted like this? It all depends on how far they'd go with stereotypes - after all, Unova and Kalos had some, and I didn't complain. This, on the other hand, would be pushing things to the next level, especially with political commentary thrown in. And to be honest, while I believe separating Quebec from Canada is a really bad idea, dumbing it down to a simple matter of good and evil is something I'm not willing to do (though many people on both sides are, trust me on that).
With that said, Gamefreak will never push the envelope this far, which is the whole joke to begin with. And thank the stars for that.