Woman in plucking video tells CBC she was preparing bird for traditional Inuk dinner
Christina David was so excited when she procured a ptarmigan—a delicacy from her homelands up north—that she couldn’t wait to start preparing it. Without thinking twice, the Inuit woman leaned over and started plucking it.
Trouble was, she was on a Montreal subway, and the culture clash was immediate. Fellow riders moved away, some gagging, from the looks of a video that a passenger shot—from the far end of the car.
Said video went viral on YouTube, given that its original headline, “Une femme déplume et mange un oiseau mort dans le métro de Montréal,” somehow got turned into “Woman Plucks, Eats Raw Bird on Montreal Subway” by the likes of the Toronto Sun. National and then worldwide media followed suit. Montreal transit police investigated.
“I didn’t really care who was watching or where I was, actually,” David told Vice. “I saw my aunt that day, and my aunt gave me some of my country food—ptarmigan—and I was so excited I just wanted to prepare it before I got home. So I was preparing it inside a plastic bag. And I wasn’t eating it!”