I don't know about you, but I for one abhor Newfie jokes. I only wish we as a people would do all we can to snuff them out and not add to the problem.
We are the stories we tell. Jokesters everywhere spend hours reworking those sick jokes. They tell them and tell them and tell them again ad nauseam. Most fabricate and embellish them even when they know they are far from the truth.
You can subject me to all the criticism you want, but you will never find me repeating one of them. If people really want to know who we are as a people, then why don't they make every effort to find out, including spending time in our beautiful province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
How far do these Newfie jokes travel? Well, here is one example.
My wife and I were at a concert staged at a huge arts and culture centre in Florida. The international star who performed for about two hours to captivated, adorning crowds, during an intermission used the term "goofy Newfies" when speaking to a couple of people from this province.
"So, you guys are goofy Newfies are ye?" he jokingly asked. He got a big surprise when they said, "No, we are Newfoundlanders, sir."
A proud Newfoundlander
Did you hear the one about the Newfie ... me? Well, for your edification I am a proud Newfoundlander too and please do not use that derogatory term in my presence again.
I wish that you, our readers, would join me today in snuffing out those terrible insulting jokes about our province and our people. We're not goofy and we are not Newfies.
— Bill Westcott is a resident of Clarke's Beach