Don Cherry was essentially fired for saying “you people”, while not specifically singling out who those people were.
Speaking during his regularly scheduled Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada, the controversial Cherry upset the outrage culture in such a hysterical way that it forced his boss SportsNet to fire the legendary hockey icon.
“You people you come here 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,” Cherry said during the controversial segment. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”
No offense, but Cherry has said much worse over the years.
For those in the United States not familiar with the poppy flower and its symbolic gesture in Canada, it’s traditionally worn on Remembrance Day (November 11) to remember those who risked their lives fighting in wars and global conflicts. Poppies are the flowers that sprouted on the battlefields in the years following World War One.
There’s a feeling throughout Canada that by not wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day is seen as disrespectful and discourteous to servicemen and women who died protecting the freedoms and liberties.
Apparently, fewer and fewer Canadians are wearing the poppy flower.
What Cherry said can be viewed as the equivalent of Americans who condemn those who don’t stand for the National Anthem. To many it’s viewed as disrespectful and dishonorable to military members who sacrificed their lives so the rest of us can enjoy living in a free society.
Cherry spotted a trend that many Canadians have found rather disturbing over the years.
What he said wasn’t offensive, because he didn’t actually offend a particular culture or a race of people with his words. Cherry didn’t call out men or women, white or black or young or old. Instead, he merely triggered a portion society that almost automatically feels obligated to virtual signal whenever they hear something that doesn’t conform to their brand of progressive politics.
Cherry’s only slight misstep was that he made the assumption that those who don’t wear the poppy are indeed immigrants (and Toronto immigrants) who don’t have a sense of what the national holiday is all about. His rant was completely benign until he mentioned “you people, you come here you love our way of life.”
I’m sure there are plenty of millennials in the Greater Toronto area who don’t feel compelled to honor members of the military either.
There’s an idiom that often applies here: “The squeaky wheel usually gets the oil.” Companies like SportsNet usually bow down to the demographic who complains the loudest. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) received “a large number of very similar complaints,” which exceeded “the CBSC’s technical processing capacities.”
I’m willing to wage a large amount of Canadian loonies that the majority of those who filed a complaint didn’t actually watch Cherry’s rant live on Sportsnet, but rather felt incensed once video started surfacing on Twitter and other social media platforms.
Good to see that Cherry didn’t back down one bit. In a phone interview with Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington, Cherry replied:
“I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers. I speak the truth and I walk the walk. I have visited the bases of the troops, been to Afghanistan with our brave soldiers at Christmas, been to cemeteries of our fallen around the world and honoured our fallen troops on Coach’s Corner.”
“To keep my job, I cannot be turned into a tamed robot. I would have liked to continue doing Coach’s Corner. The problem is if I have to watch everything I say, it isn’t Coach’s Corner.”
As we’ve quickly seen over the past five years, freedom of expression and free speech have become a one-way street in Western culture – at least as it pertains to the outrage culture.
Remember, this is the same Canada that re-elected left-wing progressive Justin Trudeau, even after it became known that he wore black face during parties, but don’t worry Canada, this culture war is already being waged in the United States.
Listening to Don Cherry on coaches corner this evening, he is furious with to the people of Toronto for not wearing a poppy for Remembrance Day. No wonder Toronto voted for Trudeau as he doesn’t respect our veterans either , the people that gave us our freedom !— 🏒 Frank Baert (@FrankBaert3) November 10, 2019
It goes to show that a “triggering comment” is only offensive to those who desire to be triggered, and while there’s a plurality of Canadians who stand by and agree wholeheartedly with Cherry’s harsh criticism, that’s not the same group looking to wage war over words they disagree with.
Cherry’s not-so-trusty sidekick Ron MacLean wasn’t actually offended either, nodding along with Cherry throughout the rant. Only after the “faux anger” surfaced across the Great White North did MacLean disingenuously offer up an apology of his own in order to remain in the good graces of the Rogers corporation.
I want to sincerely apologize to our viewers and Canadians. 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. (1/2)— Ron MacLean (@RonMacLeanHTH) November 10, 2019
If I’m Cherry I don’t think I could maintain a relationship with my long-standing partner who turned his back on him in order to save face from his job.
Whether it’s the United States or Canada, you almost need a stylebook to guide you through what offensive language will get you fired from your job and label you as some sort a social pariah.
Think about it: We now live in a society where its OK for a biological male to “identify” as a female and dominate female sports while we close our mouths and turn our backs on this actual injustice, but ask society to spend one day out of the year to assimilate while extending an act of courtesy to those who were blown away by bombs and machine gun fire, and people lose their damn minds.
Here in the U.S. illegal immigrants is now an offensive term, and those who cross the border illegally must be referred to as migrants. Never did you think we’d see law enforcement be referred to as a terrorist group, but that’s how Democratic politicians and their sheep now label ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.)
Not long after the 85-year-old Cherry was ousted from the airwaves did a group of Canadians start a petition in support of the long-time broadcaster, who just happens to be one of the nicest men in the world.
The #CherryforPrimeMinister was even trending across Canada. Perhaps it will take an incident like this to finally stand up against the rampant, out-of-control PC culture.
Because here in the US, that’s exactly why Donald Trump sits in the Oval Office.