Asper was first and foremost a business tycoon. His family legacy is to continue making the loot, for the betterment of all Winnipeggers. In theory, the more money the Asper’s make, the better it is because they contribute to Winnipeg institutions and corporate showcases. Under all the propaganda and hype this is a museum that will be portraying the worst parts of humanity (with little sparks of “survival”) to you, for a price. T-Shirts and picture books will be sold, little pins will be worn, schools will pay annual fees to take kids to the showcases of suffering and speeches will be made about how vital this eyesore piece of shit is to Winnipeg. The ones who stand to gain the most are the investors and those that want you to spend, spend, spend. The Forks will have increased traffic, the skatepark will thrive and the statue of Ghandi will look on in disbelief as money, torture and death jump into bed together.
So go, give your money to the Asper Foundation and the promotion of hypocrisy. Hypocrisy because all the money it took to build this fucking insult could have avoided some human rights violations happening right now in our own back yards. While education is important, so is insight and criticality. Don’t be tricked into thinking this Museum has any agenda other than earning cash from you and getting Asper’s accomplishments firmly mentioned in some mundane textbook. And...just in case you didn’t know who you should “bow” down to, the city has changed the stretch of street in front of the Museum of Ego to “Israel Asper Way”. Choke on that as you eat your kosher hotdog before walking into the big, church-like vessel, pretending the Palestinians are clearly the aggressors and never the victims.
(Check out the DCS's recent update on this)