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: