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Don Cherry faces huge Twitter backlash after Coach’s Corner comment some considered racist

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Donald Cherry has painted himself into a corner.

The hockey commentator melted Twitter Sunday after comments on his Coach’s Corner show on Hockey Night in Canada were considered racist.

He said he is seeing less people wearing poppies and seemed to blame immigrants to Canada.

“You people … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price,” Cherry said as his sidekick Ron MacLean looked on.

Twitter immediately erupted with people calling him a racist and to be fired.

Paula Simons, an independent senator from Alberta, condemned the sentiment behind Cherry’s remarks.

“We don’t honour the sacrifice of those who died in battle by sowing division or distrust,” Simons wrote.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards council said they have received so many complaints about Cherry they are no longer accepting any more.

“The CBSC has received a large number of very similar complaints concerning Coach’s Corner broadcast on CBC (Sportsnet) on November 9, 2019, exceeding the CBSC’s technical processing capacities. Accordingly, while the CBSC will be dealing with this broadcast under its normal process, it is not able to accept any further complaints, said a note on their website.

Two Liberal cabinet ministers also waded into the fray including Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.

“Last night, Don Cherry made comments that are wrong in describing Canadians’ remembrance of our veterans. His remarks don’t recognize the contribution of Canada’s diverse communities. I hope we can turn this into a moment where we can learn about about all who have served,” the Vancouver MP tweeted.

Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development & Labour tweeted: “On Remembrance Day all Canadians collectively remember the soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice regardless of where they come from. Don Cherry’s comments are completely unacceptable and do not represent the values of Canadians.

Cherry supporters blasted back that his comment were not as racist as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appearing in blackface several times.

Sunday morning, the apologies began as #FireDonCherry and #DonCherryMustGo were still trending topics on Twitter.

Sportsnet, called his comments offensive, and said that they “do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network. We have spoken with Don about the severity of this issue and we sincerely apologize for these divisive remarks,” Bart Yabsley, president of Sportsnet, said in a statement.

MacLean addressed the issue at the start of his Hometown Hockey show Sunday night and also took to Twitter.

“During last night’s broadcast, Don made comments that were hurtful and prejudiced and I wish I had handled myself differently. It was a divisive moment and I am truly upset with myself for allowing it,” he said on Twitter.

“I have worked with Don for 30 years, and we both love hockey. But last night, I know we failed you. I see hockey as part of what unites us. I have the honour of travelling across our country to celebrate Canada’s game, and our diversity is one of our country’s greatest strengths.”

Ironically, it’s not the first time Cherry, 85, seemed to single out immigrants for not wearing poppies.

In an Nov. 17, 2017 Coach’s Corner said driving that day through downtown Toronto he didn’t see a single poppy.

“You’d think they’d be happy being here and everything what a lovely country,” he said in comments that appear to have escaped twitter’s wrath.

The story has garnered internation attention with England’s The Guardian and the New York Post tweeting the story.

Coach’s Corner is still broadcast on CBC in a sub-licensing deal with Rogers Media, which owns Sportsnet.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. G. McLean

    November 12, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Don Cherry is not against any race that I have heard. Ask Brian Burke about Cherry going after him for not bringing Kadri up from the minors a few years ago. Cherry’s words were “he’s a Canadian ” (speaking about Kadri)
    Cherry is quite simply “pro Canada.” Is that so wrong?
    To all the haters of Cherry. Today you take away his freedom of speech, opinion and expression. Who’s turn is it tomorrow?
    In the same news cast we hear about protests in Hong Kong and defend their rights while we take away our own rights. What are we becoming? Or are we already there!
    To all Canadians who were wearing a poppy. Guess what? Cherry wasn’t talking to or about you. Do yourself a favor and listen to what he said.

  2. Allison Murray

    November 11, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Did Cherry refer to a race? I haven’t read the statement. I’m an immigrant. I’m Caucasian.My husband and I attend Remembrance Day ceremonies every year and we’re always saddened that so many of our neighbors don’t bother to attend and don’t even bother to support veterans by wearing a poppy. Some of my neighbors are immigrants, like myself and some are not. Does that make me a racist? Why are CBC and the complainants making this about race? Was a particular race mentioned? Or are the usual complainants just trying to divide Canadians again? Canadians are sick of this and it is even more disgraceful that the day to honor the memory of so many young people who sacrificed everything so that we could live peacefully in a country like Canada has been diverted by CBC and others to suit their own narrative. Absolutely disgusting!

  3. Tim Atchison

    November 11, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    This just shows how our Country is falling apart it lets all these immagrants come into our country and change the rules and laws to suit them and OUR FRIGGING POLITICIANS ARE THERE HELPING TO KILL OUR COUNTRY. I’m a shame to say I’m a Canadian and will cancel all my cbc channel on my shaw if I can THANK YOU ALL YOU F…… EASTERNERS AND SNOWFLAKE JERKS FOR HELPING KILL OUR COUNTRY. Ì can’t wait till the West SEPARATES and gets rid of all the SNOWFLAKES and immagrants.

  4. Randy Marshall

    November 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    I am not a huge fan of Cherry but I do stand behind him 100 % and agree whole hearty with what he said and I admire him for speaking out and taking a stand. This “Politically Correct ” stupidity is a show of ignorance. He couldn’t have said it better Far, far to many people come to Canada want our “milk and honey and freedom” but couldn’t give a tinkers damn about how it came about. Not all, but far to many just simply want to come to Canada and bring with them all their junk and then demand that Canada change to suit them.. And guess what our Mr. Trudeau and his cohorts just jump and say how high.

  5. cb

    November 11, 2019 at 9:21 am

    The right to free speech protects all speech or no speech.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

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“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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