Sportsnet and Rogers media really screwed themselves, and let a lot of people down. I mean over such a flimsy call by the social justice warriors too (I’ve been banned from Twitter for a week and Facebook for a month, because I said a bad word) The amount of respect that I have for anyone who supported the idea that Don Cherry was a racist, or that he said discriminatory things obviously grew up privileged.
At least that’s what I would think, because anyone who had to face adversities such as racial discrimination knows that when someone saying something is no where near as harmful as being treated differently because of your race. Most racists are passive aggressively racist, and what do you know; so are a lot of people in this “woke” culture,
Yet now, Grapes is talking about “the silent majority” in his corner, well I don’t believe that we should be silent. I think being silent like some monk is hurting people who get stomped on, while these seemingly good people get abused.
Have no idea what I’m talking about? Okay, I’ll do a recap.
Saturday, November 9th 2019, Hockey Night in Canada went on during the 1st intermission as usual. Don Cherry and Ron MacLean both donning poppies ahead of Remembrance Day. It was business as usual, a few hockey highlights, Canadian soldiers who had fallen in war, then Grapes said this:
“You people that come here, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that,”
“These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price”.
Several new stations had played the coverage of the HNIC segment, which paints quite a different picture than the one most people of colour take offence to. I hear this one guy in New Brunswick say on his radio that Don Cherry is promoting an “Us vs. Them” mentality (I actually think he said a “We vs. Them” mentality, must be the B team).
Thousands of Canadians took to the internet to channel their passive aggression. #FireCherry soon became a trend on the social media platform, Twitter, and on Facebook people shared images and memes displaying outrage to Cherry’s discriminative message.
Here’s One that Jagmeet Singh posted;
(From the first Trump Impeachment Hearing) Mr. George Kent – “You can’t promote principle to any kind of corruption action, without pissing off corrupt people”
Ron MacLean appeared on air, offering an apology for Don’s comments and how he had sat there and gave the thumbs up while not saying a word. Don Cherry found it quite disrespectful, as he says that MacLean had “buried him”. Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun, found this to be an outrageous and despicable display from Rogers Media and Sportsnet.
Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington on the firing of Don Cherry.
Okay, so I hope that awakens some curiosity. Global News has done an extensive covering of this whole Sportsnet debacle, looking at the mass of internet users who found this racist (including that radio host who didn’t speak proper English to begin with) and the president of Sportsnet who didn’t even take into consideration all the good Cherry has done; especially to support our soldiers fighting in various parts of the world.
Don Cherry is no nonsense kind of guy, he is a straight up talker that walks the walk. I can’t tell you how many people just love to jump on the bandwagon, but then again it’s Toronto. Full of fakes, someone will call the leafs a waste of time to watch, yet grab beer and wings with buddies as they chant “GO LEAFS GO” when they’re in the playoffs. Then this happens, and I bet you every single fair-weather fan just became an expert on how Don Cherry has always been racist.
Don is not going to apologize, nor should he; now he says he’ll go as far as to say it was a mistake to refer to everyone as “you people”. Watch the tapes, that’s how Don Cherry talks, especially when referring to people. How could you not see this lynching as blatant racism, masked as being “conscientious” about advocating for some marginalized group. My stance is that this statement makes sense for people, who are coming to Canada or in Canada for whatever reason, to at least pay some respect to the people who gave their lives for us to have these discussions.
But of course, it wasn’t perfectly articulated and people just lost their minds, and it caused one of Canada’s biggest icons to anyone who watches hockey to get forced to step down? Disgraceful you kids, if you’re are going to be like this, crying about your planet like Greta, and yelling how the older people ruined it for the younger people…
You know they still live here as well.
Why didn’t NDP leader Jagmeet Singh just buy a bunch of poppies and give them out to whomever he thought Grapes was discriminating against; instead of talking about himself and his family over social media?
It was clear Cherry wasn’t trying to be racist when I saw the segment, although I anticipate Cherry being brought back on (my problem is that you had this guy on for this reason, and then you just fire as soon as it’s deemed “too far”? He isn’t part of a suicide squad). I swear to the Flying Spaghetti-Monster, if Brian Burke replaces Don in HNIC, I’m shipping to Boston.
By the time you read this, I’ll have already ordered my Marchand jersey. After the traded Kadri, I already had one foot out the door; I don’t even want to get into how the media played a monumental role in that.
You people, I swear.
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