Earlier this week we ran a story about how a manager at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences had used a YouTube clip from the 2000 movie “Meet The Parents” to intimidate staff.
In the YouTube clip, Robert DeNiro corners his future son-in-law in a tuxedo rental dressing room after finding drug paraphernalia among the bridal party. DeNiro reminds Stiller of his “circle of trust.”
“If I can’t trust you, Greg, I have no choice but to put you outside the circle. Once you’re out, you’re out. There’s no coming back.”
“I will be watching you, studying your every move,” DeNiro warns. “I will bring you down, baby. I will bring you down to Chinatown.”
The union complained to management that the video clip was a not-so-veiled threat to staff. OPSEU received no response until yesterday.
Ontario Shores says we got it all wrong. That’s not what the context was. The staff meeting where the clip was shown – in dietary – was all about relationships.
We viewed the clip again to try to see it Ontario Shores way.
Here’s a few possible explanations:
1. We were too cheap to do proper training on Bill 168, so we found this on the internet and thought you’d get the idea about bullying and harrassment. While the two protagonists are not really in their workplace, you could imagine it, right?
2. DeNiro says he wants to take Stiller down to Chinatown. After a conflict it’s always good to go out for Dim Sum.
3. Resolving conflict always works better in top hat and tails.
4. Watching clips from funny movies is a great way to bond staff in dietary. Let’s form a club!
5. Circle of Trust? Damn. We meant to show Disney’s Circle of Life from the Lion King. Whoops!
6. It’s good to share expertise, like how to distinguish a hash pipe from a piece of sculpture.
7. If you have to resolve conflict, go to a little room, close the door, and look really really intense.
Or perhaps the manager really just meant “step outside our circle of trust and you’ll get what for.”
Are you an expert at interpreting film? Please view the clip and make your own suggestions of alternate interpretations.