Montreal Put Up an 88-Foot-Tall 'Charlie Brown' Christmas Tree, and Locals Are Furious
The enormous tree, with a string of lights measuring more than 6 miles, was meant to give New York City's Rockefeller Center tree a run for its money.
Even Charlie Brown couldn't have picked a worse Christmas tree.
Montreal's towering tree has taken social media by storm — and not in a good way.
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The 88-foot-tall balsam fir was erected in the French-speaking city's annual holiday market, held at the Place des Arts. The tree, illuminated by a string of lights measuring more than 6 miles long, was meant to give the one in New York City's Rockefeller Center a run for its money.
But the result was underwhelming to say the least.
The tree even appears lopsided in some photos.
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The cringeworthy tree now also has its own Twitter account, @SapinLaid, which translates to "ugly fir."
One tweet reads: "I'm proof Montreal is tolerant."
Although the man responsible for the tree, Philippe Pelletier, has been personally dragged into the firestorm, he told InsideEdition.com he is surprised by the negative reaction.
"We didn't expect that much controversy about a Christmas tree," Pelletier laughed. "What we realized [was] people don't really like when something is out of the box."
Pelletier, founder of local Christmas tree business Sapin MTL, explained that when they were invited to participate in the city's holiday display, they wanted to do something big to attract attention.
While he admits they originally wanted to compete with the iconic Rockefeller Center tree in New York, "What we wanted to present was a totally natural Quebec Christmas tree, without putting more branches and diamonds inside."
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He said the entire display was up within 72 hours.
"We didn't have a month like New York," Pelletier added.
Locals are also holding Montreal's town mayor, Denis Coderre, and Canadian Tire, which is sponsoring the tree, responsible.
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