Don Cherry Calls MLB All-Star Game Singer ‘Left-Wing Weirdo,’ Gets It Wrong Again
First, for Don Cherry to call anyone else a "weirdo" is the funniest irony produced by the Milky Way Galaxy this year. Not real familiar with Cherry? He's kind of a cross between Bobby Knight, Skip Bayless and the carpeting at the Liberace Museum, and may be the whitest person in Canada, both in ideology and physical appearance. The fact that he's a Canadian hockey broadcaster puts him on display regularly in the Great White North, but thankfully but we don't get much of him down here -- the U.S. has its own problems.
His hook is that he's outspoken, entertaining, and dresses like a rodeo clown. But the same could be said for two other Canadian icons, Bob and Doug McKenzie, and they're 10 times funnier and somehow less offensive.
Anyway, he's also known for his conservative views, which is fine. But there's nothing sadder and more tiresome than a conservative who tries to bend the facts to suit his world view, and that's what Cherry did in response to the controversy at the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
As you know, a member of The Tenors, a Canadian singing group, changed the lyrics of the Canadian National Anthem which was sung prior to Tuesday's All-Star Game. The new lyrics praised the "All Lives Matter" group, which was formed to counter the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Cherry's response on Twitter (via CBC Sports):
"Oh well, all the left wing weirdos in this country are happy."
"I do feel sorry for the rest of the Tenors. They will be noted forever as 'oh yeah, the Tenors, they're the jerks that embarrassed us at the all-star game. Ah, they're good singers but what a bunch of jerks.'
"It's sad, it was only one, and it was done by an American."
OK, No. 1: How does supporting "All Lives Matter" make someone "left-wing"? If anything he's right-wing, as the typical conservative response to "Black lives matter" is "Hey! ALL lives matter!"
2. Cherry is right when he says that the other three members of the group will forever be associated with this move.
3. The guy who sang the new lyrics, Remigio Pereira, is a native of Boston -- but grew up in Ottawa and has lived there ever since. He's Canadian. Should Canada build a wall, Don? Way off base again.
3. By the way, Cherry played one season for the Boston Bruins and coached there for five seasons. Chances are he spent more time in Boston than Pereira ever did. Also your wife was born in Pennsylvania, Don.
4. Cherry is 82 years old. He lingers on in broadcasting just to annoy Canadians, who are generally a peaceful people and don't deserve it.
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