First Snoop Dogg had some choice words to say about Vancouver’s homeless population, and now another star is ranting about problems facing the city.
Prison Break’s Dominic Purcell – who describes Vancouver as being a “gulag” – posted a photo to Instagram in which he talks about the rainy weather and people with substance abuse issues.
“Not only does Vancouver have a leaking cloud problem they have a homeless population problem that roam the streets in desperate need for help,” writes Purcell. “It appears the Vancouver government and its politicians to my eyes at least are much more inclined to turn a blind eye too [sic] the mentally ill and homeless and rather focus on the enormous amount of construction serving foreign investment groups.”
The actor has been in town filming a Prison Break remake and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Aside from his hatred for wet weather – he grew up in Australia, after all – the apparently well-travelled actor says he’s never seen “so many displaced mentally ill people take up entire blocks and turn it into a place of disturbing sadness and horror.”
Not unlike Purcell, people didn’t mince words in the comments section.
“What a douche,” writes one Instagram user.
“Ignorance is not worth hate comments, ignorance needs education. Clearly your in-education has made you waste an opportunity to use your ‘cute little’ celebrity platform to effect positive change. So glad Australia doesn’t have a homeless Aboriginal problem ;),” writers another.
The post has garnered more than 20,000 “likes” at the time of publication.
VANCOUVERS GULAG ………..#vancouver been here now getting on a #year not a sunny day in sight. I think I’ve seen 4 days of nice weather. People say we had 3 days of #sunshine like #santa just arrived. Well congratulations. I grew up in Australia Yo and have lived in the beautiful sunny #california for twenty years where I #surf and play in the ocean. Oh did I tell you I’m Australian/American. Anyway Stop telling me to go on hikes get on a bike and ride around a Lake or swim in its frigid waters oh and #whistler enough!!! I’m here to work. That’s the only attraction at this point. Not only does Vancouver have a leaking cloud problem they have a homeless population problem that roam the streets in desperate need for help. It appears the Vancouver government and its #politicians to my eyes at least are much more inclined to turn a blind eye too the mentally ill and homeless and rather focus on the enormous amount of construction serving foreign investment groups. Why am I saying this ? Because I’ve been around the world many times and have not seen so many displaced mentally ill people take up entire blocks and turn it into a place of disturbing sadness and horror. It’s the same everywhere I guess not just Vancouver. Yeah yeah I’m preaching which I hate to do because not for a second do I believe I’m some kind of Saint I’m just as flawed just as selfish as the next #idiot. I’m up here in my beautiful hotel suite preaching. But hey it ain’t my job it’s the governments job the politicians job to serve its people. So when you visit Vancouver and enjoy the beautiful lakes, mountains it’s pretty little parks cute little trails. Be sure to check out Hastings street not as pretty it’s where you get to see a very very real part of Vancouver. Ps. Can wait to read the hate comments I get. Haha.