Sage Steele is my new hero.

The ESPN anchor totally shut down Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler after the self-absorbed singer tried to lecture us American rubes on the glories of the Canadian health care system.

The fun started when Butler, lead singer for the Montreal-based band, won Celebrity MVP honors after scoring 14 points for Team Drake in Toronto. The singer immediately launched into his anti-American screed.

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“I just wanted to say, it’s an election year in the U.S., the U.S. has a lot it can learn from Canada, health care, taking caring of people,” said Butler, who was born in California and raised in Texas before heading north.

Steele was having none of it. She didn't stand there with a dopey smile plastered to her face and allow Butler to hijack ESPN's air. She pulled the microphone away -- and ended the interview. 

“We’re talking about celebrity stuff, not politics,” said Steele.

I say Bravo.

Steele's trying to wrap up a live broadcast for a feel-good event — and here comes another pampered celebrity pushing his own political views. She should have taken back his trophy for being a horse's ass.

Isn't this why TV ratings keep falling for Hollywood and music awards shows? Aren't we all sick of insanely rich, spoiled actors, singers and celebrities ripping a country that's been better to them than almost anybody else? And acting like they're superior to the rest of us?

I'm all for free speech. But this wasn't the time or the place for some dopey artist to get on their soapbox.

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Especially when ESPN already has a problem with its own talent such as Curt Schilling injecting their political views. I say: Good for Steele.

Still, the move drew a mixed reaction in

social media. One observer thought it was a "bad look" for Steele:

But comedian Jay Mohr praised her actions:

As for Win Butler, how about a little thank you to the NBA and ESPN for even inviting you to the game?

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Speaking for TV viewers everywhere, we watch sports to escape politics, not to be lectured about it.

If you want to talk politics, save it for the Sunday morning talk shows.

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