When A Canadian Man Saw Threatening, Islamophobic Graffiti On An Ad, He Leapt Into Action

"I’ve said I’m against racism and hate, and this was an opportunity to back that statement up."

Vancouver-based cameraman Peter Bremner was on his way to a shoot with a co-worker last week when he saw a racist remark graffitied on what appears to be a bus stop ad for a team of local realtors. The ad features the names and faces of real estate agents Jas and Manjit Hayer, and someone had written "kill Muslims" in the center of it.

As Bremner explained in a Facebook post that has since gone viral, he's "not one to let that kind of thing slide" so he promptly got some soap and water and removed the hate speech. "We can all do something, even a small thing, to combat racism," he added.

The post has since garnered over 22,000 likes and nearly 13,000 shares, with many thanking Bremner for his kind and compassionate action.



In a statement to A Plus, Bremner said cleaning the hateful and harmful text "seemed like the easiest solution to the problem" because it was written in black marker and he happened to have cleaning supplies on hand. "I try to be a man of my word," he added. "I've said I'm against racism and hate, and this was an opportunity to back that statement up."

And though Bremner was hardly looking for a pat on the back because of what he did, he's pleasantly surprised that just one small action has struck a chord with so many. "I was astounded by how much attention it received, by how many times it has been shared," he said of the post. "I've had messages of thanks and support come in from all over the world. It really doesn't seem like such a small action should be such a big thing to so many people, but it has apparently meant a lot to many."

Two important people who also took notice? None other than Jas and Manjit Hayer, who reached out to Bremner via Facebook messenger and thanked him for what he did. The pair explained they were away on vacation when the vandalism occurred, but called the incident "very disturbing."

Courtesy Bremner
Courtesy Bremner

A similar event took place earlier this year when a NYC subway car was defaced with dozens of Swastikas. In that instance commuters quickly sprang into action and removed every last one of the anti-Semitic symbols with hand sanitizer. "Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone," a subway rider proudly wrote.

As Bremner sees it, "If we all keep doing the small things, it will lead to a bigger result."

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